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Wire Fox Terrier

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Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terriers have white, wiry coats with black or brown markings. They have a narrow skull which tapers to a point. The ears fold forward in a v-shape. The eyes are dark, deep-set and small and the neck is thick and muscular. The tail is normally docked to about ¼ its normal length and sits on top of the dog instead of hanging behind the body. Fox Terriers have strong jaws, well-developed teeth, physical strength and courage which give them many weapons for attack.

Temperament The Fox Terrier is playful, energetic and affectionate with the family. They are very playful with children but have a tendency to bite. They do not hide their jealousy. This brave breed is scrappy, impulsive and ready to charge at all times. They will become destructive without enough exercise and attention. This is one of the most aggressive breeds and they have a tendency to pick fights with other dogs. They are not to be trusted with other pets. Although they love to play with children, they should be watched closely as they have been known to bite. Keep this breed on its lead at all times unless he is in an enclosed area. They may be too boisterous for elderly owners. They make great watchdogs, but their high-pitched bark can become annoying to neighbors. This breed needs obedience training at an early age to prevent dominance challenges, guarding objects, places and their food from owners.
Height, Weight Male Height: 14-16" ; Weight: 15-20 lbs.
Female Height: 13-15" ; Weight: 13-18 lbs.
Health Problems Epilepsy is a major concern with this breed. Other minor concerns include Legg-Perthes, cataracts, lens luxation, shoulder dislocation and skin problems. Deafness is a concern in nearly all-white dogs.
Living Conditions Fox Terriers will do okay living in an apartment and do fine without a yard. They are active indoors.
Exercise This breed will exercise itself if it has a small yard. They need long and regular walks and romps in the park. Make sure they romp in a safe area and that they are on their lead if small animals are present.
Life Expectancy More than 15 years
Grooming Brush your Wire Fox Terrier occasionally and only bathe when necessary. This breed should be stripped several times a year and even more often if showing the dog. Have show dogs professionally groomed. They shed little or no hair.
Origin The Wire variety is the same as the Smooth, except for his hard, wiry jacket. Although the rough coat was probably developed before the Smooth, the rough variety was produced from crossing the smooth Fox with broken-coated terriers. They are recognized by the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC and UKC Terrier