Dog Breed Profile

Wire-Poo History

The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, also known as the American Fox Terrier or simply as the WireLitter, is a medium-sized working terrier of wire-coated foxhounds, developed in the mid-19th century. The ancestors of the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier were crossed with several other terrier breeds, including the Irish White-Coated Wheaten-Terrier, the Black-and-Tan Coonhound, and the Smooth Fox Terrier. The origin of the modern Wire-Haired Fox Terrier is traced to the mid-19th century, when the first recorded breeding between the Black-and-Tan and Irish White-Coated Wheatens occurred. By the 1860s, three distinct types of terrier emerged: the Tan, the Yellow, and the White. This period also marked the beginning of the decline of the American Fox Hound. The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier is considered one of the oldest of the medium to small-sized terrier breeds. The popularity of the Wire-Haired spread to Australia, Canada, and the United States. In 1884, the AKC recognized the breed and named it the “Black-and-tan.” In 1904, the AKC changed the name to “Wire-Hair.” The distinct coat color, which came to be known as the “wire”, was trademarked in 1906. The Wire-Haired has keen instincts, is tenacious and muscular, and is lively, courageous, alert, and fearless. The breed tends to be loyal and friendly towards people

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

United States Of America

Wire-Poo Physical Characteristics

The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier is a small, medium-to-large sized breed that typically stands between 10 and 13 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs between 18 and 30 pounds. They have a thin, wiry, corded coat that is red, sable, blue, or a mix of these colors. They have a straight, moderately long head with erect, triangular ears and a cropped tail. The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier’s eyes are dark, round, and wide-set and they have a slight underbite. They are active, intelligent dogs that can be quite stubborn at times.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, Cream, Brown, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 13 – 20 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 26 – 40 lbs

Female Weight Range: 20 – 40 lbs

Wire-Poo Health

Description of breed health.


12-15 yrs

Wire-Poo Health Concerns

Patellar Luxation, Epilepsy, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Addison’s Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, Cushing’s Disease, Deafness, Skin Problems, Bloat, Eye Problems, Hypothyroidism

Wire-Poo Temperament and Behaviour

The Wire-poo is a cheerful, playful and sociable breed of dog. They are jovial and lovable, and get along well with children and other pets. They are very intelligent and can learn quickly, and are eager to please their owners. They are easy to train and make great candidates for agility or obedience training.

Wire-Poo Activity Requirements

Wire-Haired Pointers have a very curious nature and can be full of energy. If you are looking for a dog who is content to just lie around at home, this is not the breed for you. A daily walk or jog is a great way to keep your Wire-Haired Pointer healthy and happy. They make great jogging companions, and they are excellent at tracking. If you live an active lifestyle, a Wire-Haired Pointer could be a great addition to your family.

Miles Per Day

8 miles

Activity Per Day

45 minutes

Daily Food

2.6 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire-Poo is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire-Poo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Wire-Poo is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Wire-Poo is part of the Unclassified group.

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