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Fox Terrier (Wire)


Illustration of Fox Terrier (Wire)

Originally known as the Rough-haired Terrier, and used for sporting pursuits, the Wire Fox Terrier is a native breed. He is long-lived, with an expected life span of well over ten years.

It is probable that the rough coat was developed before that of the Smooth Fox Terrier but, strangely, the appearance of the Wire Fox Terrier in the show ring was some twenty years later than that of the Smooth. A strain of rough coat terriers was kept for fifty-five years by the Reverend Jack Russell, who gave his name to another terrier breed.

He is alert, very active, bold and somewhat vociferous. Cheerful and happy, he makes an excellent children’s playmate and family pet. A classy dog, who really looks his best when nicely trimmed, he is a great show dog, enjoying success in this field throughout the world.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
More than once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Terrier Breed Group

Dogs originally bred and used for hunting vermin. 'Terrier' comes from the Latin word Terra, meaning earth. This hardy collection of dogs were selectively bred to be extremely brave and tough, and to pursue fox, badger, rat and otter (to name but a few) above and below ground. Dogs of terrier type have been known here since ancient times, and as early as the Middle Ages, these game breeds were portrayed by writers and painters.

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