Wire Fox Pinscher

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Wire Fox Pinscher History

The Wire Fox Terrier is a terrier, originating in the United Kingdom. It is also known as the English Wirehaired Terrier and the Manchester Terrier. The Wire Fox Terrier has a long history, and is thought to date back to the 13th century. The ancestors of what is now the Wire Fox Terrier were larger hounds from the Celtic regions. These hounds were later crossed with dogs such as the Irish Wolfhound, the Greyhound and the Saluki. This ultimately resulted in a smaller, more agile hound. The origin of the name “Wire Fox” is unclear, though it was most likely named for its wiry coat. The first known written record of this breed of dog was found on the 1557 document Contract Between Sir Edmund Hillary and Major John Hunt. By the 18th century, the “English” version of the wire fox terrier had become established, though today the use of the term “English” to define the particular type of the Wire Fox Terrier is controversial. The “English” version was crossed with foreign dogs, including Irish Setters and Airdale, to develop the American line of the wire fox terrier.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Wire Fox Pinscher Physical Characteristics

The Wire Fox Pinscher is a small, medium-to-large sized, muscular, lithe, energetic, lively, agile, intelligent, and fun-loving breed of domestic short haired fox terrier. They are toy dogs and can weigh between 3 and 8 pounds and stand between 10 and 13 inches at the withers. They have a short, straight, and wiry outer coat and a soft, silky undercoat. They have a triangular head with erect ears, dark, round eyes, and a bushy tail.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors

Black, Brown

Coat Colors

Black, Brown, Red, Cream, Fawn, White, Sable, Brindle

Height Range

Male Height Range: 9 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 8 – 11 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 15 lbs

Female Weight Range: 5 – 10 lbs

Wire Fox Pinscher Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Wire Fox Pinscher Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Shoulder And Elbow Luxation, Mitral Valve Dysplasia, Skin Diseases and Disorders, Myasthenia Gravis, Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)

Wire Fox Pinscher Temperament and Behaviour

The Wire Fox Pinscher is an energetic, enthusiastic, and spunky breed of dog. They are highly intelligent and a quick learner. They are often described as independent, stubborn, and fearless. They are protective of their family, but are also very friendly with their owners.

Wire Fox Pinscher Activity Requirements

The Wire Fox Pinscher is a confident, bold, and energetic small dog. They are agile, quick, and good at learning new tricks. The Wire Fox Pinscher is an active breed and they do best in an active home. They are well-suited to homes with fenced yards. A daily walk or run will help keep this lively pup in top shape. If you are looking for a companion you will take running or hiking, a Wire Fox Pinscher might be for you. This playful pup also loves to play games and is very eager to learn new tricks.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fox Pinscher is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fox Pinscher is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wire Fox Pinscher is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Fox Pinscher is part of the Unclassified group.

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