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Wire Fox Terrier Dog Breed Info & Pictures

The Wire Fox Terrier is an athletic dog that is sturdy of bone yet quick and athletic. The skull is long, moderately flat and narrow, with forward folding v-shaped ears perched on top. Eyes are dark and circular, with a keen and lively expression. Jaws and teeth are strong, and the nose is black. The body is compact and muscular, with a short, level back and evenly proportioned legs. The tail is set high and carried gaily, docked to three quarters of its original length. Feet are compact and round. The Wire Fox Terriers outer coat is very dense, wiry and crinkly; the undercoat is soft and fine. Coloring is mostly white, with scattered dark markings. Red, liver, blue or brindle markings are not considered to be in conformance with the standard. Otherwise, color is not a distinctive or important characteristic of the breed.

Wire Fox Terrier Fast Facts

11 - 13 years
19th century
17 - 19 lb
15 - 17 lb
Less than 15.5"
Slightly less
Wire Focks Terrier, Wire Fox Terier or Wire Foxterrier.


The Wire Fox Terrier is considered similar in temperament to the Smooth Fox Terrier, but tends to be more dog aggressive....

The Wire is cheerful, energetic and inquisitive, ever eager to join in family activities and try new things. The Wire Fox Terrier is accepting of strangers, though it takes some time for it to come out of its shell and play with a new friend the way it does with its family. This dog is not naturally inclined to get along with other pets, but if raised with them from a young age it can be taught to accept them. Like all terriers, the Wire Fox can be rascally and strong-willed.

Caring For a Wire Fox Terrier

Keeping your Wire Fox Terrier fit involves at least a daily walk....

You should have a small yard for the dog to run around in during the day, but make sure it is well fenced since this terrier likes to dig. The Wire Fox Terrier does well in most climates and can sleep outdoors in warm weather, but it should always be allowed to sleep inside with its family whenever possible. Socialization with pets and other dogs is important to ensure that your Wire Fox Terrier does not become overly aggressive. The coat needs to be combed at least twice a week and shaped a few times a year, either through stripping or clipping. The Wire Fox Terrier is a long lived and healthy breed, but some are known to develop cataracts, distichiasis, Legg-Perthes and lens luxation.

Wire Fox Terrier History

Breed History

Despite its great similarity to the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Wire Fox Terrier is thought to have descended from very different ancestors than its Smooth counterpart, and became recognizable as a distinct breed considerably later....

The Wire Fox Terrier is thought to descend from the Rough-Coated Black and Tan Terrier of Derbyshire and Durham, England and was first seen in the 19th century.In addition to the traditional terrier role of vermin exterminator, the Wire Fox Terrier was also used as a fox bolter. The speedy little Wire Fox Terrier would accompany Foxhound packs, bolting after foxes and scaring them from their holes. Dogs with white coats were preferred, as they were more easily discernible from the fox in the dark. The Wire Fox Terrier entered the show ring about twenty years after the Smooth Fox Terrier, and was an immediate smash. The Fox Terrier (both Smooth and Wire) was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885. Though many at that time already viewed the Smooth and Wire to be different breeds, the AKC did not formally recognize the two as distinct breeds until 1985. Today, the Wire Fox Terrier is a bit more popular than the Smooth, though neither dog is particularly common in the United States.