Fox Terrier Wire Breed Information

Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years.

The Wire Fox Terrier was developed by hunters in the British Isles during the 17th century. Hunters found they needed a small dog that could chase fox and other small prey out from the ground. The ancestor of the Wire Fox Terrier is believed to be the rough coated Black-and-Tan Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier weighs 15 to 25 pounds and measures 15 to 18 inches.

Grooming Needs
The Wire Fox Terrier has a thick, wiry coat that sheds minimally. The Wire Fox Terrier should be brushed weekly and bathed monthly. The Wire Fox Terrier also requires a regular trip to the groomer every few months to be hand stripped or clipped. Like all dogs, the Wire Fox Terrier needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.  

The Wire Fox Terrier is outgoing and adventurous.

The Wire Fox Terrier, like most terriers, is spirited and fearless. The Wire Fox Terrier loves to have fun and get into everything. They have a natural curiosity about the world and won’t hesitate to get involved where they see fit. Wire Fox Terriers are bold, alert watchdogs and will bark loudly when something or someone triggers their suspicion.

The Wire Fox Terrier is highly devoted to their family and craves time with them. The Wire Fox Terrier needs attention from their family to be happy and will persistently follow them around to try and get it. In general, the Wire Fox Terrier is friendly toward people and can be a great companion for older children. With younger children however, the Wire Fox Terrier can be possessive of toys and intolerant of their rambunctious behavior.

Training Needs
The Wire Fox Terrier is highly intelligent and trainable. The Wire Fox Terrier does have an independent streak, but generally picks up commands easily. Once they have the basics down, Wire Fox Terriers can go on to participate in earthdog trials, agility and obedience.

As part of their training, the Wire Fox Terriers also require early socialization. They can be aggressive toward other dogs and wary of strangers if not properly socialized.

Activity Level
The Wire Fox Terrier has lots of energy and needs a daily walk or jog to help burn it off. The Wire Fox Terrier also needs regular time outside in a secure area to romp around and play. Wire Fox Terriers especially love chasing balls and playing with toys.

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