Wire Foxy Russell

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Wire Foxy Russell History

The Wire Fox Terrier is a terrier of medium size, used for both looks and temperament. The wire fox terrier originated in England, and is descended from the smooth fox terrier, which was developed in 19th century Ireland. The bulldog was a favored pet, and in 1871 Robert C. Homans, of the Westminster Kennel Club, bred a bulldog with a pug. In 1873, the dog that resulted was called the Pug-Bulldog. As the bulldog was selectively bred, the pug gene was diluted, and the “pug” became a more distinct animal. The Wire Fox Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1915. It is among the most popular toy dogs and was the fourth most popular registered AKC purebred in 2009, according to the American Kennel Club. Despite its relatively small size, the Wire Fox Terrier is a sturdy, muscular little dog.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Wire Foxy Russell Physical Characteristics

The Wire Fox Terrier is a medium-to-large-sized, elegant breed of dog that originated in the United Kingdom. They stand between 11 and 15 inches tall at the shoulders with males weighing between 30 and 40 pounds and females weighing between 20 and 30 pounds. Their fur is short, wiry and smooth and their coats come in a variety of colors and combinations of those colors. They have a wedge-shaped head with erect ears and a fox-like face with a pointed muzzle. Their eyes are typically dark brown or black.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White, Silver

Height Range

Male Height Range: 11 – 15 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 15 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 14 – 18 lbs

Female Weight Range: 14 – 18 lbs

Wire Foxy Russell Health

Description of breed health.


13-16 yrs

Wire Foxy Russell Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Cataracts, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Distichiasis, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Lens Luxation

Wire Foxy Russell Temperament and Behaviour

The Wire Foxy Russell is an alert, fearless, and vigilant hunting and watchdog. They are protective of their surroundings and their owners, but are also friendly and mild-mannered. They are independent and stubborn but, in the right environment, they can be easily trained.

Wire Foxy Russell Activity Requirements

The Wire Fox Terrier, more commonly known as the Wire Foxy Russell, is a high-energy dog that is known for being intelligent and spunky. This highly active and alert little terrier is a great companion for active lifestyles. A Wire Foxy Russel will need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. They are happiest when kept busy and entertained. A brisk walk or a game of fetch is the perfect way to keep these dogs mentally and physically stimulated. These dogs are good dogs for people who love to spend time outdoors. A home with an enclosed backyard or a park nearby will do nicely. A home with an active owner who is home during the day is ideal for this dog.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxy Russell is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxy Russell is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wire Foxy Russell is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire Foxy Russell is part of the Unclassified group.

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