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Wire Fox Terrier

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The quintessential Wire Fox Terrier, from their size to their attitude nothing seems to sum up Terrier in more unmistakable terms.  For the home seeking a companion where the fun never stops, a Fox Terrier is an obvious choice.  From ages before the birth of Christ it appears these little dogs have enjoyed the appreciation and following of many. From the British Isles to worldwide, they are now recognized as wonderful, endearing companions.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 15.5 inches or less
Weight: 18 pounds Longevity: high teens
Colors: predominately white with black, black and tan or tan markings Coat type: top coat is short, dense and wiry, undercoat is soft
Recognized Registries: ANKC, UKC, FCI, AKC, NCA, KC, CKC and others
Overall Appearance: Well balanced moderately boned and distinctly muscled Terrier. Characteristic wire coat and jaunty attitude indicate their readiness to work.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: generall high
General Nature: very reactive and intelligent
  with Children: not ideal
  with other pets: generally not good with cats and other pets
  with dogs: can be good if properly reared with them
Socialization requirements: pretty high, the Fox Terrier has a very high opinion of themselves and without proper socializing can be imperious to all
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the color and energy of a Fox Terrier, while being willing to offer the guidance and training to help them become a great companion.
Temperament Notes: powerful for their size, agile, quick, attentive and independent, reactive,
Training requirement: moderate, they are likely to always be independent so a certain amount of training is necessary just to maintain order
Trainer notes: The Wire Fox Terrier is bred to work alone.  Their independence and working drive will propel them into the den of their quarry.  A dog of this nature, while devoted and affectionate, is not inclined to look to their beloved at every step (to do so could get them killed in short order).  So training the Fox Terrier takes some appreciation that developing things like attention (which come so readily to other dogs bred for other tasks) can be a daunting challenge for this team.  Nevertheless, for the brave trainer there are rewards as the Wire Fox Terrier is stalwart and focused.  Once they understand what is desired and possess the drive to do it, they will be an unstoppable and completely charming force to be reckoned with.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: ancient
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: badger, otter and fox hunter
History: When the Romans invaded Britain in 55ad they found the Fox Terrier there. Pliny the Elder mentions them in his exhaustive natural history work of the era. The Fox Terrier is perhaps as old as British Civilization itself.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversized, incorrect head, bad dentition, overly refined, soft coat
Health Notes: bloat, Cushings Disease, eye problems, hip dysplasia,
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Wire Fox Terriers?
  • How often would you say you breed?
  • What criteria do you seek in your breeding stock, titles, health clearances?
  • What is the ideal Fox Terrier temperament?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What health testing do you do?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • What did you like about this breeding pair?
  • At what age do you send your puppies to their homes?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What suggestions do you have for raising and training a Fox Terrier?
  • What would you consider an ideal Fox Terrier home?


Web Sites: Fox Terrier  Rescue Contact, a bit inadequate as it would be valuable to include lots of information rather than just an email address

Other Resources
Breed standard: Standard as per the Fox Terrier Club of America

Breeder Ethics: Code of Ethics of the American Fox Terrier Club

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