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Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier



The Wire Fox Terrier (also referred to as Foxy) has long been used for a wide variety of hunting species, but usually for hunting foxes in England. In addition, this breed can be very successfully used for hunting various kinds of rodents. Dogs of this breed stand out in many other disciplines, including all kinds of hunting, agility. In 1885, the American Kennel Club officially recognized the Wire Fox Terrier as a separate breed from the Smooth Fox Terrier.

Height: 13-16 inches  Weight: 13-20 pounds  Lifespan: 15-18 years


Like all terriers, this breed is very lively and energetic. Indeed, the Wire Fox Terrier enlivens the surroundings by their mere presence. He has a great sense of humor and is an excellent companion. Still, because these dogs are wary of strangers, they definitely need to go through the proper socialization. Wire Fox Terriers have a very fun and loving character, which makes them very popular as family dogs. However, before you decide to buy the Wire Fox, make sure that you will be able to fully meet all the needs of this extremely lively breed. Comparable Breed: The Welsh Terrier and Lakeland Terrier.


The Wire Fox Terrier is very friendly and considerate by nature. On the other hand, he stands out as a watchdog. Wire Fox Terriers get along well with children, but if children are too small, it is best not to leave it with them for one thing: this dog breed tends to bite. Also, the Wire Fox Terrier is not too fond of other animals within the family, and he should not be left alone with small and passive pets. In order to prevent your pet from showing aggression or cockiness while interacting with other dog breeds, (which often happens with terriers), the Wire Fox must undergo the appropriate socialization at puppyhood.

Coat / Care:

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is covered with a wiry coat, giving him a slightly shaggy look. The hair is hard and adherent to the dog’s body. Its coat should not be silky or soft to the touch. On the contrary, it must always be rough and wiry. In addition, the face is adorned with a long hair, which forms a beard. This is the most distinctive and notable characteristic of this breed. Hence, it is necessary to clean it and comb it with a fine-toothed comb at least every other day. This will help the beard look neat and to prevent it from stalling. It is recommended to wash the beard with a conventional soap.

Typically, Wire Fox Terriers need not only regular cleaning but professional grooming. Thorough care will minimize the hair loss. If you have a show dog, professional intervention should be carried out on a regular basis.

Health Problems:

The Wire Fox Terrier is generally healthy dog breed, but like all breeds, they can be prone to Hip Dysplasia, Cataracts, Distichiasis, Lens Luxation and Legg-Calvé-Perthes. The Wire Fox Terrier has a life expectancy of 15 to 18 years. In general, smaller dogs live longer than larger.

Weight / Height

The male Wire Fox Terrier dog breed’s height is around 13 – 16 inches and weighs around 13 and 20 pounds. Female Wire Fox Terrier dogs can reach a size from 12 – 15 inches and weighs between 13 and 18 pounds.


Wire Fox Terriers have an extremely independent mind. For this particular reason, education from a very young age is crucial. Please note that the Wire Fox Terrier very quickly loses interest in learning, which means that education should be based on persistence and consistency. Hence, in order to hold the interest of the dog, try to turn the learning process into a game. Wire Fox Terriers require quite an experienced trainer because representatives of this breed tend to be very stubborn and strong-willed. If you do not apply the necessary methods properly, education can be rather challenging. Moreover, your pet will become a tyrant.


In general, this is an extremely active breed, very fond of all kinds of outdoor games. Because the Wire Fox Terrier has too much energy, a spacious yard is the best environment for his proper development. Nonetheless, it is possible to keep him in the apartment, provided that he stays active. You can often see this breed running near its owner while jogging or cycling. If you let a Wire Fox Terrier walk freely in the yard, make sure that he does not undermine the fence. Therefore, it is necessary to strengthen the fence periodically, and its height should not be less than two meters.

Wire Fox Terrier

Quick Information

Other Names:Fox Terrier Wire Coat, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Terrier
Origin:United Kingdom 
Average size: Small Dog Breed  
Color:Brown, Black, White 
Energy Level:Active dog breed
Trainability:This dog is easy to train
Barking Level:Low – When Necessary
Intelligence:Average Intelligence
Personality:Gregarious, Confident, Alert
Hypoallergenic:Yes – Great for people with allergies
AKC Dog Ranking:101th Most popular dog breed
Good family dog:Yes, Very good with socialization
Good with other dogs:Yes, good with socialization
Good with children:Yes – Very good with socialization
Good with strangers:Yes – But socialization needed
Good apartment dog:Yes – But best in home with a yard

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