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Wire Fox Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small
Weight: 15 to 19 pounds
Height: 14 to 15.5 inches
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Medium

Adopt a Wire Fox Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


The Wire Fox Terrier or simply the Wire Terrier, is one of two breeds recognized in the United States as variants of the Fox Terrier family. This particular variant of Foxies was bred to create a more terrain resistant hunting dog when compared to the smooth coated variety. This dog breed’s wiry coat has been proven to suffer less damage while hunting in rugged and rocky terrain. Outside of the United States, the two variants of Fox Terriers are considered as one dog breed.

Official Name

Wire Fox Terrier
Other Name for the for Wite Fox Terrier breed are Wire Hair Fox Terrier, Wire-haired Fox terrier, Fox Terrier or simply  Foxie


Date – as early as the 1790’s
Country – England
Family / Group – Terrier

Recognized By:
Continental Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
United Kennel Club
Kennel Club of Great Britain
Canadian Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
Club Español de Terriers (Spanish Terrier Club)
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Canine Registry
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.


The history of the Fox Terrier per se can be traced back as early the 1790’s where huntsmen crossed the progeny of English Hounds and ancient Dachshund crosses with the lines of the Beagle and Fox Hounds. They are considered to be one of the oldest dog breeds in the terrier family. But the Wire Terrier as a separate breed is relatively young, just having recognized in 1885 by the American Kennel Club.


The Wire Fox Terrier are expert hunters who are brave and bold. When it comes to family, they will show their cheerful, enthusiastic, lovable and very playful nature, more so when there are children around. But they are still terriers, natural hunters who will perform as they were bred, killing rabbits and birds and other prey-type animals they may encounter.

Bred For

Originally used as fox hunters and vermin catchers. Today these terriers are used various purposes including hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility and performing tricks.


Wire Fox Terriers will be fine in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised.
These dogs are very active indoors but will do okay without a yard.


The short coat of the Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers are easy to groom. Both breeds are an average shedder, blowing the coat twice a year.


Their intelligence will make training relatively easy compared to other terriers. The right dog may be trained to perform tricks!


Cushing’s disease, deafness, hip dysplasia, Legg-Perthes disease, luxating patellas and skin allergies are the most common health problems that affects both Fox Terrier variety.


Wire Fox Terrier dogs are a breed that needs to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog.