Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Wire Fox Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "Live Wire". The origin of the Wire Fox Terrier dog breed was in United Kingdom where it was developed in the 1700's.
Wire Fox Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885): The Wire Fox Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885).
Other names for the Wire Fox Terrier: The Wire Fox Terrier is known by the nickname of the "Live Wire". Other names for this breed of dog include the Wire, Wirehaired Fox Terrier and Fox Terrier Wire Coat.
Origin of the name: The name "Wire Fox Terrier" is a direct reference to the dog's wiry coat. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, especially foxes.
Wire Fox Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Wire Fox Terrier breed was in United Kingdom during the 1700's. The Wire Fox Terrier was bred by Tom Wootton, of Mapperley, near Nottingham who obtained a terrier from the esteemed Belvoir Hunt Kennels. The new Wire Fox Terrier breed was descended from earlier varieties of British terriers, like the Manchester Terrier, that were cross bred with the Beagle and the Harrier - breeds that had short, hard, coarse coats.
The Wire Fox Terrier was used farmers and by sportsmen for tracking and hunting foxes. The farmers valued the Wire Fox Terrier as an effective form of pest control against not only the fox but also vermin, rabbits and moles. The tenacious Wire Fox Terrier would track their quarry and when the animal went to ground the dog would bark noisily to alert the hunters and dig furiously to harass the animal until it left its hiding place when the hunter would kill it.
The 'Fox Terrier' dogs came in two different types; one with a wiry coat and the other with a smooth coat (now known as the Smooth Fox Terrier). A Smooth Fox Terrier's head is more V-shaped than a Wire's. Both types of dogs were considered the same breed for many years. The first standard for the Wire Fox Terrier was established in 1876, separating it from the smooth coated dogs. The Wire Fox Terrier was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.
Wire Fox Terrier Modern History - The Adventures of Tintin and Snowy the Dog: The Adventures of Tintin is a series of 24 comic albums, created by Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi and published between 1929 – 1976, featured the hero Tintin and his best friend Snowy the dog. Hergé, modeled Snowy on a Wire Fox Terrier because it was clever and had the courage to take on any enemy
Wire Fox Terrier Height: The Wire Fox Terrier breed is classified as a medium sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm).
Wire Fox Terrier Weight: The weight of the male in this medium sized dog is 15 - 20 pounds (7-9 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 13 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg).
Wire Fox Terrier Coat Type: The coat type is described as a short, wiry coat. The term "Wire" refers to hair that is coarse and that facial furnishings are present.
Wire Fox Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of White, White & Tan, Tri-color, Black & White.
Wire Fox Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Wire Fox Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Wire Fox Terrier are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Wire Fox Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 4-6 puppies. Wire Fox Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Wire Fox Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Wire Fox Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Spirited, Alert, Bold, Fearless and Fearless.
Wire Fox Terrier Exercise Requirements - MODERATE Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog are moderate. Wire Fox Terriers require regular daily exercise consisting of about one hour every day. This medium sized dog has a fluid, easy, driving gait with strides of a moderate length requiring a steady walking or jogging speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. If the dog has more energy than you do, then teach your dog to play ball in a chase and catch game.
Wire Fox Terrier Diet: A fully grown Wire Fox Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Wire Fox Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Wire Fox Terriers include Legge-Perthes disease, Cataracts, Lens Luxation . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Wire Fox Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: Yes (Refer to Hypoallergenic Dogs).
Wire Fox Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Wire Fox Terriers is 12-14 years.
Wire Fox Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Wire Fox Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Wire Fox Terriers names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Cooper *** Speedy *** Jack *** Levi *** Boomer *** Dash *** Kenzi *** Max *** Ripley *** Sparky.
Wire Fox Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Wire Fox Terrier names are Lilly *** Mia *** Penny *** Kenzi *** Nova *** Evie *** Molly *** Jenna *** Diva *** Brie.