As you might imagine, a fairly significant rivalry exists between us and our smoother counterparts. Us Wire Haired Fox Terriers were developed before them. However they boast to being the first to appear in the show ring – big deal, we win more often! We were crossed with the Black and Tan Terrier, which was a rough coated dog. The big benefit of this is our hardy exterior makes us more useful in rough country as our coat is less vulnerable to damage (compared to the Smooth Fox Terrier for example!). Nowadays we’re a popular family dog.
What do I look like?
It’s all in the coat really – ours looks best when trimmed into the classic shape (see some of the pictures above). Don’t think that just because we’re labelled ‘wirehaired’ we are in any way unattractive to touch – we’re really not! Our muzzle is very long and should have some kind of beard. Our nose and eyes are very dark which help to give us a really intelligent and alert expression – which of course we are! Our frame is muscular and well-defined. Our back is short, but our legs are fairly long and our chest is deep. We carry our tail erect.
What do I need from you?
Grooming us does require a bit of time so you may need to get a professional groomer to keep us looking our best. Hand stripping of the coat will be necessary several times a year. This means our hair is pulled out rather than cut with scissors or clippers. If our hair is not trimmed it continues to grow in length. We don’t moult like many other breeds. Training is important for us and we’re not the easiest in terms of obedience. In addition to chasing animals wire haired fox terriers love to bark and dig so must be trained to stop these actions on command. We can also be quite dominant over other dogs so need to be properly socialised as puppies. We can live with cats in our own home but outside is considered fair game!
What I will give in return
We give a lot and serve many purposes! A superb guard dog, a great family pet with lots of fun and energy and also a tireless and fearless sporty worker – should you need us to be.
How big will I get?
About the same size as Smoothy, which is 14in-15in (37cm-40cm) and 16lb-18lb (7kg-8kg).
How long should I be around for?
Most wire haired fox terriers expect to live about 13 to 15 years, hopefully longer.
How big is our litter?
Litter size is about 4 to 6 puppies – all adorable.
We have a Royal heritage – Queen Victoria owned one of us as well as her son Kind Edward VII!
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