Fox Terrier Wire


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Fox Terrier Wire is a small size dog, very energetic and dynamic. It is an affable and sociable dog, with a great personality and a whirlwind. Its name refers to its past as a hunter of foxes and burrowing animals.

Height: Up to 15.35 inches
Weight: 18.75 Pounds
Fur: Short length
Life expectancy: 12-14 years
Activity Level: High
Country of origin: England
Orientative Price: 900-1300 $

Physical Appearance

  • Weight: The weight of this breed typically ranges around 18.73 Lbs, and the height of the Fox Terrier Wire does not exceed 15.35 Inches at the withers. It’s worth noting that females are often slightly smaller in weight and height.
  • Coat: When it comes to their coat, the most striking feature is its rough, dense, and wiry texture. It doesn’t shed or molt. The coat is wavy and short, making it a hypoallergenic breed.
  • Colors: The usual colors for Fox Terrier Wire are predominantly white, with black, black and tan, brindle, red, liver, or slate blue markings. They often have saddle-like markings on their back, and sometimes on the chest or legs.
  • General Build: The Fox Terrier Wire is a small yet robust and muscular dog. They have an elegant appearance and an athletic posture, with muscular limbs, a flat head, small V-shaped ears, an elongated muzzle, a long and robust tail (which, it’s important to note, has been banned from amputation for some years), a dense beard, a dark nose, and small, dark eyes that give them a sharp expression.


Like the poodle, the Fox Terrier Wire is a highly intelligent and dynamic dog. This breed is always alert and ready for action, requiring plenty of attention and outlets for their energy and intelligence.

They do not tolerate boredom well and may exhibit inappropriate behaviors like digging or escaping if left unstimulated. They possess a strong hunting instinct and may chase after anything they deem prey.

They are brave, tireless, and very outgoing, always eager to please their owners and thrive when included in family activities.


Alertness: They are excellent watchdogs, alerting their owners to any anomalies in the environment or the presence of strangers. It’s important to note that this breed tends to be quite vocal.

Training: Proper socialization from a young age is essential for Wire Fox Terriers, as they can be reserved. Firm and respectful obedience training is recommended.

Training Activities: Engaging in activities like agility and tactical maneuvers is an excellent way to stimulate Fox Terrier Wire. Games like scent tracking or hide and seek are beneficial for reinforcing roles within your family.

Living with Children: Fox Terrier Wire are suitable for households with children as they enjoy playing and staying active. However, they may not be the best choice for very young children due to their high energy levels.

Interaction with Other Pets: Their strong hunting instinct makes them incompatible with other pets, as they might view them as prey and attack them.

Solitude Tolerance: They do not tolerate solitude well and are prone to developing destructive behaviors if left alone for extended periods. Providing exercise and mental stimulation before leaving them alone is advisable.

Exercise and Activity: While this small breed can live in an apartment, they require at least one hour of daily exercise. During walks, always use a leash to prevent them from chasing other animals or moving objects.


Exercise. We have already mentioned that he needs a lot of activity, at least one hour of exercise daily. On walks, remember to take him on a leash to prevent him from running away after other animals or moving objects.

Coat Care: Their coat requires minimal care, only needing brushing every 2-3 days to prevent matting. Occasional trips to a canine groomer for hair trimming and dead hair plucking are also recommended. Fox Terrier Wire should be bathed with specific dog shampoo about once a month. Using special bowls and feeders for dogs with beards can help prevent beard soiling.

Pros and Cons

Advantages of Fox Terrier Wire:

  • Adaptable to both apartment and house living when given the necessary exercise.
  • Ideal for active families involving them in various activities such as hikes, excursions, and more.
  • Requires minimal coat care.

Disadvantages of Fox Terrier Wire:

  • Does not tolerate boredom well and may exhibit destructive behavior.
  • Needs a significant amount of exercise to release their abundant energy.
  • Requires a dynamic owner with a firm, non-violent training approach.
  • Often does not get along with other pets.


While Fox Terrier Wire generally enjoy good health, there are common health issues in this breed. These include:

  • Patellar luxation.
  • Cataracts.
  • Thyroid problems.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Distichiasis.
  • Scapula dislocation.

History and Origin

Belonging to the group of Fox Terriers, which includes the Fox Terrier Wire and the Smooth Fox Terrier, both breeds are believed to have developed separately, though some associations consider them variants of the same breed.

The breed’s origin is somewhat uncertain but is thought to be from England, where Terriers were well-established in the 16th century. They were used for hunting various vermin in their burrows and in fox hunting. The breed’s etymology is thought to be derived from “fox,” which means “zorro” in English, and “Terrier” (earth), referring to the breed’s underground hunting skills.

The FCI (Federación Cinológica Internacional) recognized the breed in May 1955 and published its latest official standard in March 2009, classifying it in Group 3: Terriers, Section 1: Medium to Large Terriers.