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Fox Terrier (Wire)
Fox Terrier (Wire)

Country of Origin: Great Britain

Group: Terriers

Section: Large and medium-sized Terriers

Original Function: vermin hunting, fox bolting

Todays Function: earthdog trials

Dimension Male: 36-41 cm

Dimension Female: 33-38 cm

Weight Male: 7-9 kg

Weight Female: 6-8 kg

Litter Size: 3-6 puppies.

Life span: 10-13 years

Other Names: Fox Terrier Wire Coat, Wire Fox Terrier, Wire Hair

Colors: The typical coloring for the wire fox terrier is white with black or brown markings.

Living: The wire fox terrier can live in either a house or an apartment style environment. they are quite ac



The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is dressed in a wiry white coat with black or brown markings. The breed has a flat, tapering, narrow skull, and ears that fold forward making "V" shaped flaps. The tail is normally docked to 1/4 its length and stands on top of the dog rather than hanging out behind. The Fox Terrier is blessed with many weapons of attack such as strong jaws, well-developed teeth, eagerness, physical strength, and above all, courage. It is a well-built, elegant dog, concentrating a lot of strength in a little space. The eyes are dark, small, deep-set and extremely lively. The neck is thick and muscular.


A true "live-wire," the wire fox terrier is always up for adventure. This breed lives to play, explore, run, hunt and chase. It can be mischievous and independent and may dig and bark. It is usually fairly reserved with strangers. The wire has a reputation for being somewhat scrappier with other dogs when compared to the smooth.


The fox terrier must have daily exercise. It will do much to exercise itself given the room, but it profits from a good walk on leash, a vigorous play session or an off-lead outing in a safe area. This breed can live outdoors in a temperate to warm climate, but it does better as an indoor dog with access to a secure yard. The wire"s coat needs combing two or three times weekly, plus shaping every three months. Shaping for pets is by clipping, and for show dogs, by stripping. Some training of the ears may be necessary as puppies for proper adult shape to develop.


If your Wirehaired Fox Terrier will be a pet, you can get away with brushing it with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary. To keep the coat looking its best, it must be stripped several times a year and more frequently for show dogs. There


Major concerns: none

Minor concerns: lens luxation, distichiasis, cataract, Legg-Perthes, shoulder dislocation

Occasionally seen: deafness, patellar luxation

Suggested tests: eye