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Wire Fox Terrier

Size: Medium

Weight: 17 - 19 lbs.

Height: 16"

Life Span: 15 years

Health Problems: Skin problems; epilepsy; shoulder dislocation; deafness; cataracts; Legg-Perthes

Origin: England

Also Known As: No Nicknames.

Group: Terrier

Category: Companion Dog, Fox Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Wire Fox Terrier is an extremely active dog that loves to run and play. This breed will run along bikes and makes a good jogging companion. If this breed receives enough exercise, it will make a good apartment dog.

Grooming Needs

The Wire Fox Terrier's wiry, coarse coat needs brushed several times per week. The beard needs more care, wash and brush every other day.


This breed is friendly, alert, energetic, scrappy and courageous. The Wire Fox Terrier is also a loyal and devoted pet. This breed needs early, consistent training or may it may become headstrong.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with older, well-behaved children. May snap if bothered. Not so good with other pets, due to a tendency to pick fights. Never trust with smaller animals. With early socialization, can do well with other dogs.


Bred in England in the 1800s for fox hunting.

Pet Facts

Good at doing tricks.