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Wire Fox Terrier Temperament,

Wire Fox Terrier Temperament

 This Wire Haired Terrier is an elegant and finely built dog with a chutzpah and cheerful personality that will lighten the mood of even your darkest day. Excitable and eager to please this is a Terrier that's always up for a game of chase or ball and makes an excellent pet for the active owner.

This little fella will be your best lieutenant, your accomplice and your side kick all rolled into one, they form incredibly strong bonds with their families.

Wire Fox Terrier’s temperament makes them fearless, sometimes to the point of stupidity and they may well pick arguments with larger dogs, this coupled with a very powerful hunting instinct mean that proper socialization and consistent training are key .

The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is a very vocal breed, quick to bark at any new sight or sound. They will vocalize to express happiness, displeasure and loneliness with equal vigour, so you might need to consider who your neighbours are before choosing the Wire Fox Terrier as your doggy companion.

Children: Best for for active playful families with older children, they have been known to bite and will react if bothered or pestered.

Grooming: Short wiry and dense coat means grooming is a fairly simple affair involving a twice weekly brushing with a stiff bristle brush and bathing only when necessary.

Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Protection level: They make excellent watch dogs being alert and territorial, has the bark of a larger dog when aroused.

Other Animals: High prey drive. Will chase any small animal that moves, may also be aggressive or territorial towards other dogs, especially same sex. Terrier traits mean they don't back down easily.

Health: Generally a fairly healthy breed, though Cataracts,Legg-Perthes Disease & Distichiasis can be a concern.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 Exercise:Very active, lively and enjoys being outdoors, it is likely to chase any sort of prey so firm control and consistent training are key.

Ideal Wire Fox Terrier Owners Are...

Active and experienced with the strong willed persistence to socialize and train properly this independently minded tornado.

..Oh and also a good sense of humour as he will really make you laugh

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.


Wire Fox Terrier  Information & Breed Notes

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The Wire Fox Terrier Temperament is Energetic, Inquisitive, Feisty, Bold and Mischievous

 The Wire Fox Terrier is very similar to its Smooth haired cousin being bred to chase and perhaps despatch game, especially foxes that had gone to ground. There is some speculation that the breeds are from distinct ancestor stock, with the Wire Fox coming from the rough coated Black and Tan Terrier of Wales and the smooth Fox coming a Smooth coated Black and Tan Terrier or Bull Terrier.

The two breeds have been extensively interbred in the past, mainly with the aim of improving the Wire’s variety by decreasing its size, increasing the amount of white on the coat and imparting a sleeker outline. The wire haired Fox Terrier became very popular in the years following WW2 and the two varieties were divided into separate breeds in 1985 - fully 100 years after the establishment of the American Fox Terrier Club.

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“Owners describe them as ‘little tornadoes’, musing they must be the inspiration for the term ‘scatter rug’s. Wires do everything full force, slamming into walls or scrambling over furniature to reach a coveted ball”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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