Wire Fox Terrier Dog Breed Information
Wire Fox Terrier Coat
The Wire Fox Terrier has a broken coat giving the coat a shaggy type appearance. The hair of this breed should twist, and always have longer hair on the muzzle, giving him a beard. The coat of this breed should never be soft or silky and should always remain harsh and wiry. The beard of this breed is the most noticeable, and most likely requires the most maintenance.
Wire Fox Terrier Character
Being a terrier, this breed is very lively and energetic making him a joy to be around. The Wire Fox Terrier will always liven up the room. A great sense of humor and a very loving companion, this breed can also be wary of strangers so proper socialization is a must. The Wire Fox Terrier has a very fun loving and energetic personality making him very popular among families, but the owner should always do their research to be sure that this lively dog is right for their environment and lifestyle.
Wire Fox Terrier Temperament
The Wire Fox Terrier is very friendly and alert. This breed does make a good alert dog, but does not do well as a guard dog. The Wire Fox Terrier can do well around children, but if around smaller children, he should always be supervised as this breed has the tendency to snap when irritated or pestered. The Wire Fox Terrier generally doesn't do well around other pets and should never be trusted around smaller and more passive animals. If socialized and trained properly at an early age, this breed can do well around other dogs and lose the tendency to be combative and aggressive towards them.
Wire Fox Terrier Care
The Wire Fox Terrier does require much grooming, however brushing is necessary. Stripping of the coat is required for show dogs, however can be done less frequently if not used for these purposes. Hand plucking of the coat may be necessary to remove dead hairs but should only be performed by an experienced groomer. The Wire Fox Terrier has a much longer beard along his muzzle which should be brushed and cleaned every other day to prevent caking, matting, and dirt. Washing with a mild soap and brushing with a fine-toothed comb will prevent this.
Wire Fox Terrier Activity
The Wire Fox Terrier loves exercise and is very active. This breed can do well without a yard, however due to the energy, at least a small yard would be best. This breed does remarkably well running along side a bike, and loves long jogs with his owner. The Wire Fox Terrier does best in a home with a fenced in yard as they love to run and chase, however the fence should always be reinforced in some way and should always be at least 6 feet in height to prevent escape.
Wire Fox Terrier Health and Life Expectancy
The Wire Fox Terrier has a life expectancy of around 12-15 years. Some of the possible health problems linked to this breed, include: cataracts, PRA, heart problems, epilepsy, Legg-Perthes, luxating patella, thyroid problems, and digestive problems. The parents of the Wire Fox Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.