Wire Fox Terrier

Personality:Gregarious, alert, and confident, Wires crave attention from their loved ones

Coat & Grooming:The wiry coat is nearly nonshedding but requires professional grooming and stripping to look its best

Energy Level:Very Active; Wires are curious, energetic dogs who need daily exercise and places to explore

Originally: England

Nicknames: Wire

Size: Small

Meet the Wire Fox Terrier

The first sentence of the Wire Fox Terrier breed standard says they should be “on the tip-toe of expectation at the slightest provocation.” This 16- to 18-pound bundle of coiled energy is a sturdy, symmetrical, short-backed hunter with fire and intelligence shining in its dark, round eyes. The predominantly white coat is rough and wiry; the V-shaped ears are neatly folded forward, the better to accentuate the face’s distinctive, and completely irresistible, expression.

What's Their Story?

Fox terriers as we know them today took shape in the late 1700s, during the heyday of British foxhunts. The terrier’s job was to bolt the fox from its lair, enabling hounds and horsemen to join the pursuit over open country. The Wire is a consistently successful show dog, with a record 14 Westminster wins. The breed’s popularity received a boost in the 1930s and ’40s thanks to Asta, the Wire who costarred with William Powell and Myrna Loy in six “Thin Man” movies.

What are they Like?

​Wires make nifty pets for families looking for an upbeat, friendly companion with loads of personality. They are, though, terriers—with the independence and prey drive possessed by all members of this feisty canine clan. They’re smart and companionable, but training can be challenging. When positive, consistent methods are applied, however, they’re eager learners. Excellent athletes, natural-born comedians, and charming bedtime cuddle bugs, well-bred Wires are long-lived, low-shedding pals.

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