Wire Fox Terrier

Easy to Train

3 stars review

Good with kids

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Heat tolerance

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Cold tolerance

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Wire Fox Terrier Personality traits and Temperament

They are happy, lively and inquisitive, dogs who are usually bright and quick to learn. They are very confident and have a big attitude towards life. They are very loyal towards their families and are very protective of them. They are high energy dogs and require a lot of exercise before they can settle down.

They are lovers of comfort and require early socialization. They are comical, funny and playful and make excellent companion dogs. They are likely to go exploring and therefore whenever taken outside must be kept on a leash. They should not be left alone in the yard and ensure that the fencing is always secure.

They always seek the company of their owners and do not like being left alone particularly well. Whenever they feel neglected they can create a lot of commotion through their barking and also get into a lot of mischief.

They are excellent dogs to have around kids and due to their sturdy build they can even tolerate a little rough play. They are not very friendly to other dogs. They don’t socialize very well with cats and it is a very bad idea to have both of them in the same household.

They are social dogs but are wary of strangers. They will alert you to any noise or sound in the vicinity. They also get along well with older people and are good therapy dogs

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

Wire Fox Terriers have coats of a medium length and they do not shed a lot if well groomed. Normally, they have a double layer coat with a hard, wiry outer coat and a soft and dense inner one as well. The wire coat must be stripped — plucked by hand or with a special stripping implement twice a year. A stripped coat retains its characteristic hard texture, but a clipped coat becomes soft. Clipping also affects the coat’s color. They are hand stripped, especially for shows. They need to be taken to the hair dresser once a month. Between trims or stripping, keep the coat neat with regular brushing and combing. An occasional bath is needed. They do not shed much.

Ears should be inspected from time to time and kept free of infections. Trim the nails as needed, usually every few weeks. Brush the teeth frequently for good overall health and fresh breath.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $600-$800

Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 13-14 YEARS

Weight:15 – 21 pounds

Height: 14-16 inches

Colors: White, White & Tan, Black & White, Tri-color

How to Train this dog

They have to be handled with extreme care while training and are a challenge to train. They have to bond with the owners before any training can materialise. Physical demonstration is necessary to teach them. They thrive on consistency and routine, so providing clear rules and enforcing them in a firm and positive way will produce the most progress. They also need a lot of practice and praise. Early socialising is also necessary. They are not that easy to be house trained. They excel at all kinds of activities and dog sports.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: Fox Terriers can eat throughout the day and are known to be grazers. They like to eat and can become overweight. Be sure to monitor their food intake and give them regular exercise to keep them in shape. High quality dry food dog is the best so that the food does not turn bad. The requirement generally depends on the size and their activity level, so proper diet and exercise is needed to maintain an overall well being.

Allergies: May be susceptible to skin allergies

Health problems: Common ailments include epilepsy (causes seizures), cataracts (causes cloudiness to the lens of the eye and can result in vision loss), Legg Perthes disease (extreme muscle loss in the legs), distichiasis (extra hairs growing on the edge of the eyelid that can cause pressure and discomfort to the eye), post nasal drip, and deafness.

Mixed breeds

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Best female and male dog names

You can name your Wire Fox Terrier as Scooby or Brownie if he is a male and Bubbles or Jasmine if she is a female.

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Pictures and Videos

Wire Fox Terrier puppy

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