Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

FCI Group

The Wire Fox Terrier belongs to the Terriers in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Wire Fox Terrier is classified under the Terrier group in the AKC grouping.

Is the Wire Fox Terrier allowed as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



England, 1800s.

Original Purpose

Exterminating rats and mice.

Behaviour and Temperament

Adventuresome, playful, mischievous, friendly, fearless, bold, independent.

Breed Characteristics

Solid, handsome, elegant, energetic, and dynamic. Superlative watchdog but not protective. May dig and bark.

What are some Physical Features of the Wire Fox Terrier?

35.5 to 43cm; 9 to 11.5kg. Show dogs tend to be smaller than pets. Colour is basically white, with black and brown markings.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Wiry, as the name indicates. High maintenance. Some professional care and hand-stripping for show dogs advised. Pets can be clipped. Light shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Wire Fox Terrier

12 to 14 years.

Have a Wire Fox Terrier?

Health Concerns

Legg-Perthes, allergies.




Adaptable to any living environment.


Good with older children. Wary of strangers. Not good with small pets; okay with opposite-sex dogs.


Average; this dog requires firm handling.

Recommended Activities

Therapy dog, earthdog trials, obedience.

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