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Wire Fox Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity (2015) #94
Name Wire Fox Terrier
Other names Foxie, Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Wirehaired Terrier
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1885)(UKC)
Size medium
Type Purebred
Life span 12-14 years
Temperament AlertBoldFearlessFriendlyKeenQuickIntelligent
Height Male: 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm)Female: 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm)
Weight Male: 15 - 20 pounds (7-9 kg)Female: 13 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg)
Colors WhiteWhite & BlackWhite & TanWhite Black & TanWhite Tan & Black
Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Price Average $800 - $1000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 3 stars
Barking Tendencies 5 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 1 stars
Child Friendly 5 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 2 stars
Exercise Needs 5 stars
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsEpilepsy is highly suspected to have a genetic component in this breed. Some minor concerns are post nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome and shoulder dislocation. Prone to mast cell tumors.Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 3 starsRanking: #51
Playfulness 5 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Cooper Bella
03 Scout Missie
04 Oliver Ruby
05 Moose Marley
06 Rocky Lola
07 Duke Lily
08 Tucker Bailey
09 Henry Coco
10 Riley Chloe

The wire fox terrier is short-backed and square-proportioned, but at the same time standing over a lot of ground. Its conformation combines speed, endurance and power, enabling it to gallop and stay with the horses and hounds during the hunt and to follow a fox up a narrow passage. The gait while trotting gets most of its propulsion from the rear quarters. The expression, like the attitude, is keen; the carriage is alert and expectant. The coat is dense, wiry, broken and twisted, almost appearing like coconut matting, with a short, fine undercoat. The outer coat may be crinkled, but it should not be curly.

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 Wire Fox Terrier’s history is mostly unknown. By some theories, the Wire Fox Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier are variations of the same breed (they were interbred until the 1980’s); another theory is that the Wire Fox Terrier descends from the Rough Black and Tan Terrier of Wales and Derbyshire while the Smooth Fox Terrier descends from the Smooth Black and Tan Terrier, Beagle, and Bull Terrier. The Wire Fox Terrier was popular for fox bolting (chasing foxes out into the open where they could be attacked by larger dogs); a short, thick tail was preferred for pulling the dog out of foxholes by the tail. The Wire Fox Terrier was an early show dog which made its first appearance at the start of the 20th century, about 20 years after the Smooth Fox Terrier. Fox Terriers were recognized as one breed in 1885 by the American Kennel Club and accepted as two distinct breeds a century later. Though Queen Victoria owned a Wire Fox Terrier, it did not become a popular pet until one appeared in the hit detective film series ‘The Thin Man’. Other famous Wire Fox Terriers include Snowy from the European Comic ‘Adventures of Tintin’ and Charles Darwin’s Wire Fox Terrier Polly.
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