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Wire Fox Terrier (White Tan & Black, Face)
White Tan & Black, Face

Breed Information


2022: #102

2021: #99

2020: #104

2019: #99

2018: #101

2017: #99

2016: #101

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









Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)

Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)


Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg)

Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)



White & Black

White & Tan

White Black & Tan

White Tan & Black

Litter Size 4-6 puppies
Puppy Prices

Average $1500 - $3000 USD

The Wire Fox Terrier puppies typically cost between $1,500 and $3,000. The price can vary dramatically based on your location, availability of parents, and breeder quality.

Breed Characteristics


5 stars

Apartment Friendly

3 stars

The Wire Fox Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Barking Tendencies

5 stars


Cat Friendly

1 stars

Child Friendly

5 stars

Good 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

Wirehaired Fox Terriers need a daily walk or jog. If it is possible, they would love to run free in a safe area. Keep this dog on a leash if there are small animals around. The urge for these dogs to hunt is strong and they are likely to take off chasing a small animal.


3 stars

Moderate Maintenance: The Wire Fox Terrier should be brushed several times a week and bathed when necessary.

Health Issues

3 stars

Hypoallergenic: YesEpilepsy 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.


3 stars

Ranking: #51 Full Ranking List


5 stars

Shedding Level

1 stars

Minimal 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


4 stars

Moderately Easy Training: The Wire Fox Terrier should be obedience trained as a puppy. It requires consistent training and may challenge authority on occasion.

Watchdog Ability

3 stars

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Wire Fox Terrier Puppy (White Tan & Black, Face)
White Tan & Black, Face

Wire Fox Terrier Names

Rank Boy Names Girl Names
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
100 Cute Puppy Names ›


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.


When fox hunting became popular in England in the late 17th century, hunters found the need for a dog that could go to ground and bolt the quarry. Terriers, game and eager, were ideal for such a purpose but most of the early terriers were dark in color and too low on leg to run with a pack of foxhounds. Hunters began to develop a longer-legged terrier, predominantly white in color so as not to be mistaken for a fox. Early fox terriers were primarily smooth-coated, but the wire coat persisted. By the end of the 19th century, smooth and wire-coated Fox Terriers were in great demand, both as companions and show dogs. Although considered one breed for many years, interbreeding of Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers ceased in the early 1900s. Except for coat, however, the two breeds are essentially identical. Both the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wirehaired Fox Terrier were recognized by the AKC in 1885. Some of the Fox Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility and performing tricks.


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