and lively, bone and strength in small compass, never cloddy or coarse. Conformation
to show perfect balance, in particular this applies to the relative proportions
of skull and foreface, and similarly height at withers and length of body from
shoulder-point to buttocks appear approximately equal. Standing like a short backed
hunter covering a lot of ground.
The Wire Fox Terrier is friendly, alert, active, and lively
without being high-strung. Through his keen expression and
alert bearing, ears up and tail quivering, the Wire Fox Terrier
gives the impression of a dog ready to go anywhere and take
on any task. The Wire Fox Terrier is bold but not aggressive
with people. They are affectionate with children but may
be too active for some. Although seldom used for hunting
now, the Wire Fox Terrier retains a strong prey drive and
will dig tirelessly after any underground vermin.
Friendly, forthcoming and fearless.
fox hunting became popular in England in the late 17th century,
hunters found the need for a dog that could go to ground
and bolt the quarry. Terriers, game and eager, were ideal
for such a purpose but most of the early terriers were dark
in color and too low on leg to run with a pack of foxhounds.
Hunters began to develop a longer-legged terrier, predominantly
white in color so as not to be mistaken for a fox. Early
fox terriers were primarily smooth-coated, but the wire coat
persisted. By the end of the 19th century, smooth and wire-coated
Fox Terriers were in great demand, both as companions and
show dogs. Although considered one breed for many years,
interbreeding of Smooth Fox Terriers and Wire Fox Terriers
ceased in the early 1900s. Except for coat, however, the
two breeds are essentially identical.
not exceeding 39 cms (15? ins) at withers. Bitches slightly
in show condition 8.25 kg (18 lbs); Bitches slightly less.
Good with children
Good with dogs
Good with other pets