Wire Fox Terrier

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Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 1in - 1ft 4in
Weight: 13-20lbs
Lifespan: 13 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly4/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly2/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount1/5
  • Easy to Train4/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need4/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Wire Fox Terrier Information

Wire Fox TerrierGregarious and active, the Wire Fox Terrier adores attention. He is always on high alert and makes and excellent watchdog! This active breed needs regular exercise to stay on his best behavior. Just make sure he is always on a leash or in a fenced yard otherwise his nose may lead him astray.

Wire Foxes are identifiable by their rectangular head; long, strong legs; folded over ears; sweet, curious expressions; and vertical, pointed tail. His wiry, dense coat is most often white with black or tan markings. They possess a strong sense of smell, exceptional eyesight and great stamina.

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Breed FAQs

Can Wire Fox Terriers be apartment dogs?

Wire Fox Terriers aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Wire Fox Terriers be left alone?

While Wire Fox Terriers prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Wire Fox Terriers good with kids?

Wire Fox Terriers do well with kids. As with any dog they should be monitored closely, they're unlikely to become aggressive.

Are Wire Fox Terriers friendly with strangers?

Although Wire Fox Terriers can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Wire Fox Terriers get along with other dogs?

Wire Fox Terriers aren't usually friendly with other dogs. They tend to not get along unless carefully socialized.

Do Wire Fox Terriers bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Wire Fox Terriers bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Wire Fox Terriers shed a lot?

The Wire Fox Terrier rarely, or never, sheds. They're excellent for someone who doesn't want to clean up much dog hair.

Do Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of grooming?

Wire Fox Terriers don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Wire Fox Terriers need a lot of exercise?

The Wire Fox Terrier has a good amount of energy and will need to be exercised with some walks and play to keep them happy.

Are Wire Fox Terriers easy to train?

Typically, Wire Fox Terriers are easy to train. They enjoy the bonding process with their owner and are quick to learn.

Can Wire Fox Terriers handle cold weather?

Although Wire Fox Terriers can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Wire Fox Terriers handle hot weather?

Wire Fox Terriers do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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