Non-sporting Breeds

Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 15 in (39cm) Bitch: slightly less
Weight: 16-18 lb (7-8kg)
Coat: Dense and very wiry
Color: White should predominate with black or tan markings; brindle, red, liver, or slate-blue markings undesirable

The Wire Fox Terrier closely resembles the Smooth Fox Terrier, except for the wire coat. The Smooth and the Wire were originally considered one breed with two varieties, but are now divided into two distinct breeds. The early ancestors of the Wire were probably the old rough-coated Black and Tan Terriers of the coal-mining areas of Durham and Derbyshire in England, and in Wales. Later they were crossed with the Smooth Fox Terrier to improve the head and gain the white color. Crossbreeding of the two varieties ceased around 1900. The Wire is more popular than its smooth-coated relative. Usually good tempered and reliable with older children, the Wire Fox Terrier is always ready for fun. The Wire needs to be hand-stripped three times a year, and to be groomed regularly.
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