Wirehaired Fox Terrier
For Those Who Enjoy A Lively Dog!
The Wirehaired Fox Terrier, as the name implies, was bred to assist horsemen in the pursuit of fox, but he was also
used for hunting badgers and boars.
This breed is believed to be descended from the black and tan working terrier, a now extinct dog breed that
originated in Wales and the northern regions of England. Terrier dog breeds are among the most
ancient breeds, having been spotted and written about at the time the Romans invaded England.
Until 1984, the Wire hair Fox Terrier was coupled with the Smooth Fox Terrier under one breed, with two
varieties. The apparent difference between the two, is the coat, though some experts believe they
also differ in their ancestry.
This is undeniably a very handsome dog with a great deal of
personality and zeal about his demeanor.
His popularity has been endorsed many times over by being chosen the top
dog more than any other breed at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show.
Personality and Traits
If you want a dog that is challenging, fun-loving and never boring - get a Wirehaired Fox Terrier.
If you want to get fit and spend less time on the couch, the WFT will definitely help you
do that! Though, once you are both worn out, he will happily curl up beside you.
If your confidence is waning, don't let your WFT know it. He'll be happy to run the household and boss
you around too.
Early socialization and obedience training is well advised to make sure he knows
who's in charge. He won't always acknowledge it, but at least he'll know!
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Wire Fox Terriers
are extroverted, self-assured, happy, friendly, stout-hearted, perky, full of antics, playful,
overly confident, risk takers, courageous, a bit sneaky and mischievous, and above all wonderful
companions. They see themselves as top dog (well they did earn the title) - but this can sometimes
get them in trouble with other canines.
Once you have a Wire, he will expect to be treated
exactly like one of the family and get your undivided attention most of the time. He will follow
you around and check out everything you are doing. If you're not doing anything, he'll try to
Are you getting the picture? This is not a boring dog.
You could and
should work on the "come" command as often as possible with your Fox Terrier. It is probably the most
valuable, though not always followed, command for you to instill in your dog. Wires are very
inquisitive and strong-minded. They are not willfully naughty, but sometimes other things are
just too enticing and interesting for them to come when called!
Training a this particular Terrier requires a
lot of patience and consistency. They are very intelligent, confident and playful. Being aware
of this can help an owner choose the techniques that will best get their attention. Having done
this, they enjoy learning and catch on quickly. But keep a sense of humor when your Wire is being
less than cooperative.
Appearance, Coat and Care
Up to 15.5 inches
Mainly white with black, tan, or black/tan markings
The Wirehair Fox Terrier has a double coat that is coarse and appears twisted and broken. The
undercoat is softer and finer.
Shedding is minimal and he is considered hypoallergenic making him a consideration for those with sensitivities to pets. Show dogs require regular stripping of the coat, which a motivated owner can
learn to do, or leave to the professionals.
A companion WFT does not need to be stripped, but doing so will retain his proper coat texture and keep it looking its best.
For daily maintenance, keep your bristle brushes and comb at hand.
If you want a happy but less boisterous Fox Terrier, the answer is plenty of exercise. When I say plenty,
I mean plenty! A substantial yard where they can romp or play fetch with you or the kids is an
ideal way to burn off some of their high energy.
This is in addition to rigorous regular walks -
don't leave home without them. They love going out and seeing everything around them. Keep in
mind that they can't be trusted off-leash no matter how tempted you are to let them run free.
This is one breed of dog that does best with an outside area for additional exercise. It will not
only benefit the dog, but will give you a break when they are acting especially chipper indoors.
Be sure there are no escape routes in your yard, for these hunters still have a strong prey drive
and the necessary digging skills to go after any interesting animal passing by!
This breed does best with older children who are well behaved and have respect for pets. They
will happily enjoy hours of play - always with adult supervision of course.
Senior or Less Active Households
An active senior most certainly could enjoy a Wirehaired Fox Terrier - might even be rejuvenated by
them! While other more sedentary types may find them too lively.
Wire Fox Terrier Book and Video Recommendation
Image: Viaouest [CC BY-SA]
Wire Fox Terrier
A Reliable Handbook
A Must-See Family
Movie For "Wire" Parents
The Doggies Want Your WOOF!
Terrier Dog Breeds
Wire Fox Terrier