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Fox Terrier (Wire Coat) Information


The wirehaired Fox Terrier has a rough looking, stand out coat that is coarse to the touch yet soft underneath. The breed is white with black or brown markings that can be found all over the body. The ears are alert with the top of the ear folding over, giving a unique appearance. The profile of the face is tapering or sloping, rather than with a definite stop as many of the other terrier breeds have. The nose itself is rather large and dark black, and the eyes are very round a well set into the face. The wiry hair around the eyes appears like eyebrows, and gives the dog a very intelligent and inquisitive appearance. They are muscular and athletic in build with a very thick neck that blends into sloping shoulders.


The wirehaired Fox Terrier has a very endearing personality. They love to be around people and need constant contact to prevent any disruptive or destructive behaviors from developing. They are naturally very aggressive and need to be socialized at an early age to prevent excessive aggression towards other dogs and animals. They can be very good companion dogs for other canines and even cats, but usually are not to be trusted around other types of house pets.  Wirehaired Fox Terriers are very loyal and devoted dogs that love to please and keep their owners happy. They will bark profusely when strangers approach and are often somewhat aloof around people they don't know

Grooming & Shedding

The Fox Terrier with wire hair requires frequent grooming with a stiff bristled brush or a pin brush. If the dog is to be shown it will need to be stripped to shape the coat correctly. Wirehaired Fox Terriers should not be clipped as it will damage the coat and prevent them from being shown. Professional groomers can easily complete the stripping process to remove long and dead hairs every three or four months. Overall the Fox Terrier sheds very little and is often recommended for people with mild dog allergies.


The wirehaired Fox Terrier was developed for fox hunting in very rough and dense terrain in England in the 18th century. Unlike the smooth coated variety that was quickly converted to a companion dog, the wirehaired Fox Terrier was used for hunting as well as a companion dog. In 1984 the American Kennel Club recognized the smooth and wire coated varieties as separate breeds.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: patella luxation, deafness in white dogs, epilepsy
  • Minor Concerns: cataracts, distichiasis
  • Occasionally seen: Legg-Perthes, shoulder dislocation
  • Suggested tests: blood, hearing




13-16 inches (33-41 cm)


14-20 pounds (6-9 kg)


Over 15 years




Yes –will self-exercise



Young Children

Yes – with supervision

Need exercise space

No –with regular exercise

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