American Canine Association


Wire Fox Terrier


Originating hundreds of years ago by crossing Dachshund, English hounds, Foxhound and Beagle bloodlines, the Wire Fox Terrier was finally created. This breed was used for finding unwanted vermin and wild animals on the property and keeping it in place until the owner would be able to kill it. This breed excels at hunting, tracking, agility and obedience competitions. Today, the Wire Fox Terrier is very popular in the United States.


The Wire Fox Terrier is a small breed dog with males and females measuring 13-16 inches in height and weighing 13-20 pounds in weight. This breed is built short, stocky, and muscular. They have a long, wedge shaped head that forms into a muzzle almost equal in size. Their two medium sized ears are firmly folded alongside of their face and triangular in shape. Their two eyes are small in size, almond in shape and generally a dark hazel to black in color. Their tail is generally docked, leaving about 4 inches left; this should be carried upwards. This breed has a thick wiry coat that is slightly curly in texture and about 60% white with either black or brown markings. Shades can vary.


The Wire Fox Terrier is much like all other Terriers in the sense that they are brace, determined, loyal, active, and require a daily job to do in order to be happy. This breed is best suited for canine only homes, due to their strong, natural instincts to hunt. Potential owners need to be aware that even while outdoors for potty breaks that this breed will follow scents and try to kill small wild animals. This is why a properly fenced in yard or harness and leash is crucial. This breed requires a good amount of mental and physical exercise daily in order to remain happy and calm indoors. This breed can do well with children he or she is raised with, and can be a great companion for older kids to play with and teach tricks to. The Wire Fox Terrier enjoys preforming tricks and just obeying their family. This breed requires a firm and confident owner who is able to remain pack leader at all times, as well as set early rules and boundaries.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Wire Fox Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially to your new family member. A properly fenced in yard or properly fitting harness and leash is required while outdoors at all times. This breed is prone to epilepsy, eye and nose issues, and shoulder problems. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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