The Wire Fox Terrier is a scrappy, tough little dog. They are playful but they are generally not for families with other dogs or pets. They may fight other dogs, even larger ones and may consider other pets fair game. They like children, especially if they have been well socialized with them. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the male Wire Fox Terrier is 14 to 16 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 15 to 20 pounds. The female ranges from 13 to 15 inches to the withers and 13 to 18 pounds.

Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Wire Fox Terrier is no exception. Be on the look out for epilepsy (common in dogs), deafness, skin problems, lens luxation and Legg-Perthes. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.

Life Span. The Wire Fox Terrier can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History. The Wire Fox Terrier comes from England where they were raised to hunt vermin. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1885.

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  • Confident, Alert, Gregarious
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 101 of 191
  • Height: 15½ inches
  • Weight: 18 pounds (male), 15-17 (female)
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Group: Terrier Group 

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