Learn about the temperament and personality of the Wire Fox Terrier. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Wire Fox Terrier photos.
The Wire Fox Terrier has the trademark terrier temperament: energetic, fearless, playful, inquisitive, feisty, bossy, and boisterous. This is a very high-energy dog. At a minimum, they need an hour of exercise every day: running, jogging, swimming, etc. A short walk around the block will not keep a Wire happy. If he doesn't get enough exercise, he will eat your couch and dig craters in your vegetable garden. These are intelligent, trainable (though stubborn) dogs who excel at agility and flyball. They love to play outdoors and do best with a fenced yard, but be careful, because they are capable of digging under the fence to escape. Wires are not trustworthy off lead. They love to run and they will run away. And once they are gone, they are gone. They have a high prey drive. They will chase cats, hamsters, chickens, and guinea pigs. They will chase squirrels, rabbits, and deer. They will chase bicycles and cars. Some Wires live peacefully with other animals, but many do not. They can be aggressive toward other dogs, especially those of the same sex. These are not "naturally well-behaved" dogs and early obedience training makes a significant difference in the life of a Wire. They are often difficult to housetrain and they've been known to eat money (both figuratively and literally). They love to bark, and have an annoyingly high-pitched bark, which helps to make them the excellent watchdogs that they are. While they are rarely aggressive toward people, they are naturally protective of their home and family. They can be quite territorial. Some Wires do well with children and some do not. Some breeders will not let their Wires go to a home with very young children because if a toddler makes the Wire feel threatened, the Wire might snap or bite at the child. These are affectionate, devoted family dogs who will want to spend every moment with you. They will want to sleep in your bed. This is a breed that requires a lot of attention. But when he gets it, he is a friendly, loyal, affectionate dog with a unique zest for life. Just be prepared. They seem to have a never-ending energy, and they remain this way well into their teen years, active indoors and out. The Wire Fox Terrier was bred for stamina. Were you?
Wire Fox Terrier Training
The Wire Fox Terrier is moderately easy to train. He learns new commands at the average rate. He is neither difficult nor easy to train.
Wire Fox Terrier Shedding
The Wire Fox Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Wire Fox Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
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A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
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Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.