The Wire Fox Terrier is one of the most curious, intense, and impulsive of the terriers.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Wire Fox Terrier.
1) Smooth Cousin
Although the Wire Fox Terrier and Smooth Fox Terrier are considered as "cousins", dog experts claim they are not related at all. They do resemble each other, however, and have many similarities.
The wire fox terrier originates in England. It likely developed from the white english terrier being crossed with the bull terrier or the beagle. The most important trait being the size, the wire must be small enough to go into the earth to flush out the fox. The name terrier is derived from "terra" meaning earth. Any worthy terrier had to be able to "go to ground."
3) High Energy Level
The biggest consideration in owning a wire fox terrier is the boundless energy of the breed. Wire Fox Terrier make excellent companions for children, because they never tire of games or playing outside. They are eager to please and will respond well to training. They need an abundance of exercise to keep fit.
Regular brushing with a natural bristle brush is needed to keep the coat healthy. Occasional clipping of the coat may be necessary but will soften the texture of the coat; hand stripping is required to maintain the correct texture but is too difficult for most pet owners.
The short docked tail had a good purpose for the hunters years ago. If the dog didn't want to come out of a hole after they preyed on vermin, the hunter would pull the dog out by their tail. The dog came to expect this and didn't object as many dogs do to having their tails pulled.
The Wire Fox Terrier is an excellent watchdog and will bark at anything and everything that happens to go past their home. They are constantly alerting their owners of some new sound. Yet, when they are sleeping, they can sleep through the sound of a bomb! Even though they make excellent watchdogs, they will not make a guard dog because they are too gentle. If anything, they will lick the person to death.
Wire fox terrier are lively and will not blend quietly into the background of your home. They thrive when given a job to do and strive to please their owners. By nature, they love to dig and may do so, especially if bored. They are best suited to a family who wants to include their pet in lots of active play.
The wire fox terrier is a small dog with a sleek build. The male is about 18 pounds and the female is usually 16 pounds. They are between 13 and 15 inches tall. The face is long with ears that fold forward toward the cheeks.
9) Therapy Dog
The Wire Fox Terrier may not be deliberately trained as such, but makes an excellent therapy dog. Many owners claim their terrier has been helpful, therapeutic, and intuitive in helping sick and elderly relatives in times of need.
The Wire Fox Terrier has a habit of chewing on their feet. Although there may be different reasons such as something stuck in their feet, their biggest reason is usually boredom.