Breed Information Centre

Fox Terrier (Wire)


Illustration of Fox Terrier (Wire)

Since the ancestors of the Fox Terrier, the hunt terriers, contained broken coated, wire coated and smooth terriers, it is understandable that the early Fox Terriers contained dogs of all three coats and in the early show classes they were shown together. In the 1870's the Wires were given separate classes and from that time interbreeding of the two coats was discouraged.

Whilst the Smooth variety had been the first to be established, registered separately and had been more popular until 1920, the development of the Wire from the turn of the century was such that it overtook the Smooth as the most popular breed. Post war Britain saw many children learning to walk with the aid of the most popular toy: a model of a Wire Fox Terrier on a wheeled frame.

Sadly, the demands of trimming and presentation have made the breed less popular in modern society and in the show ring.

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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