|Wire Haired Fox Terrier
The Fox Terrier is an old English breed which has been around for almost 100 years. Many people in authority believe that the two types of Fox Terrier we know today were developed from very different sources. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is thought to be the old rough coated working terriers which were found in Wales, Derbyshire or Durham. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier was preceded by the Smooth Fox Terriers and were originally classified as sporting dogs. Early on breeders would cross the Wirehaired Fox Terrier with the Smooth version to produce the type we see today.
The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is part of the AKC Terrier group and was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 1885.
Height: 13-16 inches
Weight: 13-20 pounds
Longevity: 15 years or more
The Wirehaired Fox Terrier has a wiry coat that is white with black or brown markings. The skull of the Wirehaired Fox Terrier is flat tapering and narrow and the ears fold forward to produce a “V” shaped flap. Normally the tail is docked to a ¼ of its original length and stands on top of the dog rather than hanging out behind. The Wirehaired Fox Terror has a strong jaw is well built but elegant looking dog with strength that has been concentrated into a very small space. The neck of a Wirehaired Fox Terrier should be thick and muscular.
Color: White with black or brown markings.
The Wirehaired Fox Terrier should be alert and quick to move as well as having a keen expression to their face. But they can change at the touch of a hat and may be affectionate one moment and scrappy or impulsive the next. They are willing to learn but left to their own devices they are destructive and need lots of attention and exercise in order to avoid this occurring. Unfortunately they are an aggressive breed and have a tendency to pick fights with other dogs (even large ones) and generally they are not trustworthy around other pets. They are an extremely willful breed and need to be trained firmly.
Unfortunately the Wirehaired Fox Terrier can suffer epilepsy as it is a genetic disorder with this breed. Deafness is also another problem that this predominantly relates to white dogs. Other minor health issues that this breed may be prone to is post nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Perthes and shoulder dislocation along with skin problems.
Although a Wirehaired Fox Terrier can live in an apartment they do need exercise and will therefore need to be taken for regular long walks or to have fun in the park.
The Wirehaired Fox Terrier only needs to be brushed with firm bristle brush and bathed when necessary. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier sheds little or no hair and it must be stripped several times a year in order to keep the coat looking its best and should be carried out by a professional groomer.
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