The Wire Fox Terrier is
a very outgoing and active dog and often very much full of themselves.
Cocky and self-assured, they can get into lots of trouble. Intelligent
and always alert, they love to play with toys and balls, and often
real water lovers. Puppies, they are adorable little bundles of
fur, but a puppy buyer must be prepared for the dog they will grow
up to be.
The are approximately 15in. to 18in. measured at the shoulder and
weigh from 15 to 25 pounds. They are predominantly white with tan
or black and tan markings. Although they are lap sized, in their
hearts they are much larger. They are friendly and outgoing with
most people, but can be standoffish and protective of their family.
They also can and often are, aggressive to other dogs and with most
other animals of any size. Great care should be taken in bringing
a Wire Fox Terrier into a home with other pets. Bred as hunters,
they can see other pets as prey. If you have a cat, bird or hamster,
and are getting an adult dog, be sure to find out if your dog has
been with any of these pets before you bring him home. Some wires
will live peacefully with other animals, but many will not. Your
Wire's natural instinct will probably cause him to see them as prey
to be hunted and killed. Keep this in mind.
The Wire Fox Terrier is a smart, high energy dog. They are generally
friendly and curious and tend to be into things. Like a bright child
they are great fun, but also a challenge to live with. The Wire
requires a lot of attention from it's people and needs to be part
of the family. They want to be with you wherever you are, whatever
you are doing. They are great couch and bed companions.
Wires, like most terriers, require enough room to exercise and
play. They are generally great with older children and they enjoy
the hours a child will spend with them. They are best with a securely
fenced yard and should never be allowed to run loose. If they see
something they think is prey or play, they will not come when they
are called. A loose Wire is in great danger as he does not understand
he is not immortal and can be hurt or killed. Always keep your Wire
either on a leash or in a securely fenced yard. They have a great
curiosity and will get into trouble when left to their own devices.
All puppies are cute. They are so new and innocent. They are also
a challenge to raise correctly. Up until they are six months old
they have puppy teeth that are very sharp and can cause some real
damage. They also take some time to house train. They need a lot
of attention and should be in a home that has someone home most
of the day. The adult dog is past all this. He may be already house
trained, and used to walking on a leash. He will be more settled
There are advantages to both the puppy and the adult. Take both
into consideration when you start looking for your new pet. The
Wire usually lives a long and healthy life. Many live to be 15 years
old or more. They are generally very hearty and do not have any
major heredity problems. They are strong and seldom get sick if
properly protected from contagious disease by regular vaccination
and sensible feeding and care. They do tend to be allergic to fleas
and can have some skin problems.These are usually easily dealt with
by good care and a clean environment.