Wire Foxker

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Wire Foxker History

The Wire Fox Terrier was originally developed in the mid 1800s in Leicestershire, England, to hunt foxes in the brush country. The Wire Fox Terrier is a medium-sized, short-coated terrier, weighing 16-23 kg (35-51 lb) and standing 20-26.5 inches (51-67cm) at the withers. The wire-hair coat is wiry and rough, and comes in red, wheat, black and tan, and grizzle. The head is medium in size and proportionate to the body. The eyes are oval and set slightly obliquely. The nose is black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The ears are set high on the head and are pendant, semi-erect, and of moderate size. The tail is short, tapering to a point. The hindquarters are strong with round, well bent stifles and hocks. The legs are straight, well-muscled and parallel, with oval shaped feet. In 1886, the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom recognized the Wire Fox Terrier as a distinct type of terrier.

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Wire Foxker Physical Characteristics

The Wire Fox Terrier is a small, medium-size breed of dog. The breed has a wiry, hard outer coat that can be red, orange, or grizzle, and a soft undercoat that comes in shades of gray, blue, or cream. The head is long and wedge-shaped, with a flat skull and a black muzzle. The cheeks are well defined, and there is a beard and mustache. The eyes are usually dark almond or hazel. The ears are pointed, long and erect. The tail is carried high, curled over the back, or low, saber-like, depending on the individual. The legs are straight and muscular, with well-boned feet.

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Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Brown, Black, White, Pied

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 14 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 14 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Female Weight Range: 10 – 25 lbs

Wire Foxker Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Wire Foxker Health Concerns

Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy

Wire Foxker Temperament and Behaviour

The Wire Fox Terrier is a lively, playful and fun-loving dog that is full of energy. They are extremely loyal to their families and are great with kids. They are eager to learn and are usually easy to train. Because of their high energy, they need plenty of exercise.

Wire Foxker Activity Requirements

The Wire Fox Terrier, also known as a “Wire,” is a small breed of dog that was bred for hunting. They are intelligent, independent, and athletic, and they are highly trainable. The Wire Fox Terrier is a good choice for an active owner who is willing to spend time training and exercising this high-energy dog. They need about an hour of physical activity per day, which can be split up into several short sessions. They are best suited to homes with yards where they can safely run around. However, the Wire Fox Terrier can be stubborn and independent, and they need a strong-willed person to control their instincts. They are not well-suited for first-time dog owners.

Miles Per Day

9 miles

Activity Per Day

40 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxker is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wire Foxker is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxker is part of the Unclassified group.

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