The predominantly white coat is rough and wiry; the Vshaped ears are neatly folded forward, the better to point up the face’s distinctive, and completely irresistible, expression.
In this video, we are counting down the top 10 facts about the Wire Fox Terriers that you might not know.
A Quick Overview:
[Group: Terrier Group] Weight: 18 pounds (male), 1517 (female) Height: 15½ inches Life Expectancy: 1215 years
Wires are delightful pets for families looking for an upbeat, friendly companion with loads of personality. As terriers, they possess the typical independence and prey drive of this feisty canine clan. They are smart and companionable; training can be a challenge but by no means impossible. Excellent athletes, natural comedians, and charming housemates, Wires are longlived and lowshedding.
The Wire has always been a consistently successful show dog, with, at this writing, a record 13 Westminster Kennel Club Bests in Show. In one of the great bargains in showdog history, Matford Vic, a Wire bought from a farmer for $10, won Westminster in 1915 and 1916. In England, Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers have been recognized as separate breeds, with different registries and breed standards, since the late 19th century. The AKC did not recognize Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers as distinct breeds until 1985.
The Wire Fox Terrier was originally bred to "go to ground" to chase small game from their dens. 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. Though the Wire is the more recent of the two, paintings of the dogs confirm that both coat varieties have been around since the middle of the 18th century.