Wire Fox Terrier Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Wire Fox Terrier Dog
AKC Group: Terrier Group
The Wire Fox Terrier dog is closely related to the Smooth Fox Terrier. In fact they were once the same breed. What sets this breed apart however is their extreme amount of intelligence and energy. With their characteristic beard and wiry coat, they are great dogs for active families.
Like most of todays Terrier dogs, the Wire Fox Terrier originated from rough coated tan and black terrier. He originated in the British Islands in the seventeenth century, in which he was selectively bred to "go to ground" and pursue fox as well as other small game from dens. This breed has received more Best in Show Titles than any other breed at major dog shows according to Wikipedia.com.
The Wire Fox Terrier dog is a medium-sized dog. The hairs are so dense and close together that when they're parted you can't see the skin. It features a soft, short undercoat. The coat is mainly white with brown or black markings. The ideal coats look like broken hairs that have an inclination to twist, and a thick, wiry texture.
These dog should stand about 18 1/2 inches tall, and should weigh between 15 and 21 pounds.
Normal coat colors consists primarily of white, with brown markings on the head, and normally black across the back and base of the tail.
This dog is a bold and brave terrier. Cheerful, enthusiastic, lovable and playful, particularly with kids. Loving, very loyal and devoted with family, they really enjoy their company.
Common Health Problems
When it comes to Wire Fox Terriers, epilepsy is a common genetic disease seen. Some minor problems are lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, and shoulder problems.
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