Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier History/Evolution:

A descendant of the rough-coated Black and Tan Terrier, the Wire Fox Terrier was developed in England in the 1800s to go to ground for fox and other small game. Until 1984, the Smooth and the Wire Fox Terriers were considered one breed with two varieties. Today the Wire Fox Terrier excels in the show ring as well as earthdog trials. Owners with patience, some training experience, and a sense of humor find the breed to be a delightful home companion.


Wire Fox Terrier Size:

Medium; females 14 to 16 inches, 15 to 20 pounds; males 15 to 17 inches, 20 to 25 pounds.

Wire Fox Terrier Color:

Mostly white, with black and tan markings.

Wire Fox Terrier Temperament:

Playful, energetic, adventurous, mischievous. Vocal and loves to dig. Thought to be scrappier with other dogs than the Smooth variety. Good with children, but best for those under 6.

Wire Fox Terrier Energy level:

High, mellows with time.

Wire Fox Terrier Best owner:

Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Wire Fox Terrier Needs:

Daily hike, long walk, vigorous play session, leash, fenced yard, early and obedience training and socialization, combing two to three times weekly plus shaping every three months.

Wire Fox Terrier Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.