Wire Fo-Tzu

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Wire Fo-Tzu History

The Wire Fox Terrier is a breed of small terrier with a wire-like coat. The Wire Fox Terrier originated in the United Kingdom, where it was developed in the mid-to-late 19th century for fox hunting and ratting. The United Kingdom Kennel Club recognized the Wire Fox Terrier as a distinct breed in 1888. The name for the Wire Fox Terrier originates from the wiry texture of his coat.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Wire Fo-Tzu Physical Characteristics

The Wire Fox Terrier, aka the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, is a medium-small, muscular, active, agile, and courageous breed of terrier. It is very intelligent, affectionate, and outgoing, making it a great family pet. The Wire Fox is friendly and sociable with strangers and other dogs. This breed is independent and vocal, but due to its size, it is manageable for most people. The wire-coated fox terrier comes in many colors and patterns, though the most common colors are red, wheaten, brindle, and white.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Cream, Fawn, White, Pied, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 15 – 20 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 15 lbs

Wire Fo-Tzu Health

Description of breed health.


13-16 yrs

Wire Fo-Tzu Health Concerns

Heart Problems such as Pulmonic Stenosis, Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD), CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome), Deafness, Skin Diseases and Disorders, Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)

Wire Fo-Tzu Temperament and Behaviour

The Wire Fo-Tzu is an alert, confident, and adaptable dog. They are independent, but can be very sensitive. They are friendly and affectionate with their family, but can be wary of strangers. The Wire Fo-tzus high energy level and intelligence make them easy to train.

Wire Fo-Tzu Activity Requirements

The Wire-Fo is a special cross between a Shih Tzu and a Lhasa Apso. This loving, playful little dog is well-suited to many different lifestyles and is the perfect companion for people looking for a smaller dog. The Wire-Fo has a high energy level and will need a fenced-in area to run around in. They will also need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. While they are well suited to apartment living, they do best in a home with an active owner. If you are looking for a small, friendly, and portable dog, the Wire-Fo may be the ideal choice. They do well with people of all ages and are even suitable for homes with children. They are not high-energy dogs, but they do need someone who will give them both physical and mental exercise.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fo-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fo-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wire Fo-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fo-Tzu is part of the Unclassified group.

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