Meet the Fireball of Terriers: Wire Fox Terrier Breed

wire fox terrier breed info

Meet the Fireball of Terriers: Wire Fox Terrier Breed

Wire fox terriers, “foxy” for short, and their cousins, the Scottish smooth fox terrier and the toy fox terrier, resemble each other enough that wire fox terriers are often mistaken for a Scottish terrier. As a pet parent to a wire fox terrier, you’ll learn in no time that while this breed may look like other terriers, they are one of a kind with fireball energy and personalities all their own.

Do Wire Fox Terriers Bark a Lot? Are Wire Fox Terriers Good Pets?

Terriers, in general, are known for their barking. Wire haired terrier breeds are no exception. Originally bred to flush foxes out of hiding, wire fox terriers can find plenty of reasons to vocalize like other canines, small animals, and unknown visitors in the home. If you don’t address a foxy’s high-pitch barking with early socialization and positive reinforcement, it can become a nuisance quickly. Are there other reasons this breed barks a lot? Yes.

Forever loyal to their family, foxys don’t do well when alone for long periods in the home or yard. Separation anxiety may cause your wire fox terrier to bark relentlessly. Your foxy can also become quite destructive when not under your watchful eye. Providing your foxy with a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes of vigorous physical exercise, plus off-leash playtime and mental stimulation every day, can help reduce or eliminate your pet’s anxiousness about being alone. Tiring your WFT out can further lessen their desire to bark or dig up your yard (which is right up there with barking as a favorite activity) out of boredom. Don’t be surprised if what you think is a good workout may wear you out long before a wire fox terrier.

wire fox terrier plays with a blue ball

Facts About The Wire Fox Terrier

As beloved fox hunting dogs, foxys have also made quite an impression as an outstanding competitor in dog shows, winning a record 15 Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show awards. The most comedic wire fox terrier, Asta, appeared in six Thin Man movies back in the 1930s and 1940s. They may be small in stature, but foxys are self-confident and agile and have no problem going up against dogs twice their size.

  • Wire fox terrier size: Female wire fox terriers weigh 15 to 17 pounds, and males weigh 18 to 19 pounds. The average height for both sexes is 15.5 inches.
  • Fox terrier lifespan: 12 to 15 years
  • Fox terrier coat: Medium length, wiry, double-coat. Colors include shades of whites, tans, and blacks.
  • AKC group: Terrier group

Are Wire Fox Terriers Easy to Train?

Wire fox terriers are obedient, highly intelligent dogs, making them very trainable. With that said, this breed also has an independent streak and, thanks to its high prey drive, has no problem bolting or escaping a fenced yard to chase after cats, birds, squirrels, rabbits, and other dogs. For this reason, you must always keep this breed leashed or contained in a fenced area when outside. Foxys do best with positive reinforcement training (lots of praise and treats) and may resist training under harsh treatment.

Do Fox Terriers Make Good Pets?

Because of their high energy, wire fox terriers may prove too rough for young children. However, older children and active families are ideal for the foxy. Although this breed can learn to live with other dogs, male WFTs can be aggressive and pick fights with other male dogs.

Is the wire fox terrier a good watch dog or guard dog?

The small and feisty wire fox terrier temperament is alert, which makes for an excellent watchdog. Fairly vigilant, this breed will sound off an alarm (bark like crazy) to any approaching strangers or suspicious noises. The fox terrier personality can be a weird mix of fearlessness and affection, though, so while they make good watch dogs, they might not be good guard dogs. They can turn strangers into friends quickly.

Do Wire Fox Terriers Shed? Are Fox Terriers Hypoallergenic?

Although wire fox terriers aren’t big shedders, you should routinely brush their coat to ensure it stays clean and odor-free. To maintain the typical texture of a WFT, you need to hand strip the coat every four to six weeks. This grooming technique is best left to a grooming professional and is necessary if you intend to show your wire fox terrier. On the other hand, you can opt to clip your foxy’s coat, but know this will change the texture and maybe color. Because fox terriers are not known to shed a lot, and if you groom them regularly, they are considered to be hypoallergenic or low-allergenic dogs.

All dogs need regular nail trims, especially true if they don’t spend much time outside walking or running on hard surfaces that naturally file nails down. Most breeds do well with nail grinder or guillotine-style nail clippers. However, the latter can be difficult to use on dogs with black nails because the quick is difficult to see.

Wire Fox Terrier Mixes

People mix wire fox terriers with other breeds hoping for some ideal combination of traits from both parents. However, there is no guarantee the offspring will possess the desired characteristics. Nevertheless, you can find foxy mixes that are adorable, energetic, and loyal to the end.

Here are some popular WFT breed mixes

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