Possessing boundless energy, the wire fox terrier makes an excellent pet for households with well mannered children. This terrier wants to please and respond well to training.
Like the smooth fox terrier, the wire fox terrier is a natural hunter bred for bravery and determination.
Dolichocephalic (long face), upright ears (naturally)
Energy Level: Very energetic
Life Expectancy: 10-13 years.
Tendency to Drool: Low Tendency to Snore: Low
Tendency to Bark: High
Tendency to Dig: High Social/Attention Needs: High
Vermin hunting, fox bolting
Characteristics: Double coat, hard coat, curly
Colours: White with tan, black, etc.
Overall Grooming Needs: High
AKC Classification: Terrier
UKC Classification: Terrier
The wire fox terrier is so called because of the dense, wiry texture of their coat.
The coat is often slightly waved, but the show standard is that the coat is never curly. White should be the predominant colour of the wire with markings of black and tan.
The wire fox terrier is a small dog with a sleek build. The male is about 10kg and the female is usually 8kg. They are between 30-40cm tall. The face is long with ears that fold forward toward the cheeks.
Wire fox terriers are lively and will not blend quietly into the background of your home. They thrive when given a job to do and strive to please their owners. By nature, they love to dig and may do so, especially if bored. They are best suited to a family who wants to include their pet in lots of active play.
The wire fox terrier is an alert dog and will let its owner know if a stranger is approaching. These dogs are easily trained, and obedience classes are recommended to curb the strong hunting instinct. They can learn to get along with other pets, but males can be aggressive toward other males.
The biggest consideration in owning a wire fox terrier is the boundless energy of the breed. Wire fox terriers make excellent companions for children, because they never tire of games or playing outside. They are eager to please and will respond well to training. They need an abundance of exercise to keep fit.
Regular brushing with a natural bristle brush is needed to keep the coat healthy. Occasional clipping of the coat may be necessary but will soften the texture of the coat; hand stripping is required to maintain the correct texture but is too difficult for most pet owners.
Foxhound masters who wanted a quick, alert little dog that could easily accompany them on the hunt developed the modern fox terrier. The job of the wire fox terrier was to work with the mounted hunters chasing the fox. Like the smooth fox terrier, the wire fox terrier is a natural hunter, bred for bravery and determination. Until quite recently, the two breeds were only considered coat varieties within the same breed.
The wire fox terrier originates in England. It likely developed from the white english terrier being crossed with the bull terrier or the beagle. The most important trait being the size, the wire must be small enough to go into the earth to flush out the fox. The name terrier is derived from "terra" meaning earth. Any worthy terrier had to be able to "go to ground."