Meet the Wire Fox Terrier
The Wire Fox Terrier is a feisty, fun-loving dog who makes a great companion in the right family situation. If you're looking for more than a lap dog and don't mind a challenge, maybe this is the breed for you.
A Closer Look
This Terrier's head has a very distinct look. According to the American Kennel Club standard, it should measure between 7 to 7 1/4 inches from the back of the occipital bone to the nostrils. The ears should fold over into a V-shaped flap, and the eyes should convey a keen expression.
A Full View
Ideally, a Wire Fox Terrier should be slightly taller than he is long, and his tail is carried up high with a slight curve. The breed comes in several colors, including:
- White and tan
- White and black
- White, black and tan
Wire Fox Terriers are bold, fearless, and always up for an adventure. On land or in the water, they have nearly unlimited energy. Their boundless energy makes them a great breed for people with active lifestyles.
Energy to Burn
All of that energy needs an outlet, so Wire Fox Terriers need a good deal of exercise. Games like Frisbee and fetch provide positive ways to burn excess energy which otherwise might be channeled into less desirable activities like digging and chewing.
These Terriers were originally bred to drive foxes out of their dens, and they still retain a high prey drive to this day. If your dog is outside and a small animal catches his eye, he could take off in a flash to chase it down.
Excels at Agility
This Terrier's keen intelligence and natural speed are perfect for the sport of agility. Be sure to train your pet in a positive manner with plenty of rewards, and he will quickly learn to make his way through each station of the course.
Wire Fox Terriers love a good romp in the snow. Just keep in mind, you shouldn't keep these dogs outside full time, especially during the winter.
Wire Fox Terriers need to be groomed periodically to look and feel their best. In this before and after photo, see how scruffy the dog looks on the left before being groomed. With a bath and trim, he's transformed into the dapper-looking fellow on the right.
Stripping the Coat
Excess hair is usually removed from the coat using a stripping comb, especially on show dogs. However, some owners find it easier to groom their pets by using clippers to cut the coat back to a neater length.
Trimming the Face
Scissors are used to trim the face and give this Terrier his signature look. Groomers usually leave the muzzle a little longer to give it that bearded look.
Trimming the Feet
It's important to trim the hair that grows between the footpads so it doesn't mat and hold debris which could lead to sores. You should also trim the nails regularly because they grow quickly.
A Great but Challenging Pet
If you're willing to train your Wire Fox Terrier, provide plenty of exercise and keep him groomed, he'll make an affectionate and entertaining pet for your entire family. If the grooming sounds like too much to keep up with, you could consider a Rat Terrier instead.