Wire Fox Terrier

Terrier Group

Wire Fox Terrier lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

~15.5 in

Weight

Females 15-17 lbs, Males ~18 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Wire Fox Terrier originated in England during the late 1700s when fox hunting was a popular sport. The dogs were bred to bolt the fox out of its den so it could be pursued by the huntsmen and their hounds. The Wire Fox Terrier's short, sturdy tail was selected for so that their human hunting companion could pull them out of fox dens. A coat with no red in it was also selected for so that the dogs could not be confused with the fox. Queen Victoria and her son King Edward VII both owned Wire Fox Terriers, increasing the popularity of the breed in England. Up until 1985, Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers were grouped into one breed by the AKC. They were divided into separate breeds that year, but are virtually identical except for coat type. Wire Fox Terriers have received more "Best in Show" titles at Westminster Kennel Club dog shows than any other breed, currently adding up to 15.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Wire Fox Terrier will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Confident and bold with a happy-go-lucky attitude

Love exploring, playing with toys (especially balls), and being in water

Known to become destructive and bark, chew, and dig if not given sufficient mental stimulation or exercise

Intelligent and great at learning tricks but also willful, so training has to be firm and consistent

Loving and loyal with family but generally don't get along well with other dogs and will treat small pets as prey