Dog Training

Wire Fox Terrier


Fearless, Alert, Friendly
Size: Small
Height: 33-41 cm
Weight: 6-9 kg
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: White, Black-White, Brown-White
FCI Group: Terriers

Originally bred for fox hunting, the Wire Fox Terrier is rarely used in hunting today. Instead, the fast and lively animals are popular as companion dogs as well as show dogs eager to learn. The small, compact breed is considered headstrong and needs consistent training.

Wire Fox Terrier
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The Wirehaired Terrier is a compact, symmetrically built hunting dog with a short back. The predominantly white coat has black or tan markings. It is also typically coarse and wiry with a strong undercoat. The round, dark eyes radiate liveliness and intelligence. The neatly folded forward V-shaped ears enhance the alert expression of the animals.

The brave and energetic Wire Fox Terriers are loyal to their families, but also do not avoid any confrontation. They like to be the boss themselves and quickly learn how to wrap their owner around their finger.

Fox Terriers are very confident and love to explore their surroundings. Therefore, never let your Fox Terrier run in an unsecured place without a leash and check fences regularly. As a typical hunting dog, he is quick to dig escape routes and chase after any rabbit.

The animals need a lot of mental and physical stimulation because of their intelligence and stamina. When under stimulated, they tend to exhibit destructive behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing, digging and chasing other animals.

With their outgoing, confident personalities, Wire Fox Terriers can be a lot of fun. The animals love varied toys and balls. Many individuals are also outright water rats. This long-lived breed is just right for active, exercise-loving people who have experience with dogs and offer the animals plenty of stimulation.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

How much your adult dog eats depends on several factors such as his size, age, body type, metabolism and activity level.

Dogs are individuals, just like people, which is why they don't all need the same amount of food. It almost goes without saying that a highly active dog needs more than a quiet house dog. The quality of the dog food you buy also plays a role. The better the dog food is, the more nutrients it contains that the dog can use, and the less of it you have to feed.

Despite its agility, the Wire Fox Terrier tends to be overweight. This is caused by too little exercise and too much food. If possible, feed your four-legged friend twice a day with one or two portions of a high-quality dog food.

Treats are an important aid to training. However, limit the amount: too many treats quickly lead to obesity.

Optimally, his figure is when you can feel his ribs even without firm pressure. However, they should not be visible, because in this case the animal is underweight.

Fox Terrier Wire Hair Care

Wirehaired Fox Terrier sheds very little, but needs regular grooming. Brush his coat daily to keep it clean and not smelly.

You should also trim the hair from time to time to keep the dense undercoat in check. Otherwise, the dense and soft undercoat will hinder the wiry topcoat in its growth, so that the characteristic texture of the coat changes and it loses color at the same time.

The same effect occurs when you work the coat of the Wire Fox Terrier with scissors or shearing equipment. This also softens the coat and makes it lose its typical wiry texture.

Furthermore, you should trim your dog's nails no later than when you hear them clicking on the floor. Short, properly trimmed nails will keep your pet's paws in good condition.

Suitable accessories

Wirehaired Fox Terriers need a lot of activity. This should be varied and with a lot of movement. Various toys are suitable for this, but especially balls. The lively dogs love to chase the round balls.

Low-calorie, healthy treats that motivate - but don't overfeed - your dog are recommended for daily training.

Also useful is a good dog brush for daily grooming. A trimmer keeps the dense undercoat as short as possible.

Fox terrier wirehair history picture

Origin & History

The lively Wire Fox Terriers already have a long history. Representatives of this breed were beloved companions of kings, entertained the crowds in circuses as well as in the movies, and won more best-in-show awards in competitions than any other dog breed.

Fox terriers, as we know them today, gradually took their characteristic shape during the heyday of British fox hunting from the end of the 18th century. The task of the terrier was to drive the fox out of its hiding place. The coat of the fox terrier is therefore mostly white and must not show any red, in order not to be mistaken for a fox during the hunt.

First, breeders developed the smooth-haired fox terrier, which probably originated from smooth-haired terriers, bull terriers, greyhounds and beagles. The wire-haired Fox Terrier was bred a little later from rough-haired terriers and smooth-haired terriers. A well-known early representative of this branch of the breed is Caesar, who was the declared favorite of the English King Edward VII. He wore a collar with the inscription "I am Caesar. I belong to the king." When Edward died in 1910, a mourning Caesar marched behind his coffin in the funeral procession.

The breed standard was established as early as 1876 with the founding of the English Fox Terrier Club and has remained virtually unchanged to this day.

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