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The Wire Fox Terrier

The wire fox terrier was developed in England by fox hunting enthusiasts and is believed descended from a now-extinct rough-coated, black-and-tan working terrier of Wales, Derbyshire, and Durham. The breed was also believed to have been bred to chase foxes into their burrows underground, and their short, strong, usually docked, tails were used as handles by the hunter to pull them back out.
Although it is said Queen Victoria owned one, and her son and heir, King Edward VII of Great Britain did own the wire fox terrier, Caesar, the wire fox terrier was not popular as a family pet until the 1930s, when The Thin Man series of feature films was created. Asta, the canine member of the Charles family, was a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, and the popularity of the breed soared. Milou (Snowy) from The Adventures of Tintin comic strip is also a Wire Fox Terrier.
In the late 20th century, the popularity of the breed declined again, most likely due to changing living conditions in the Western world and the difficulty of keeping hunting terriers in cities due to their strong instincts. Among the less desirable traits of all fox terriers are their energy, digging, stalking and chasing of other animals, and yelping bark.
The wire fox terrier has the distinction of having received more Best in Show titles at major conformation shows than any other breed. Wire fox terriers kept as pets show the loyalty, intelligence, independence, playfulness and breeding befitting such a storied breed
The Wire Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. It is an instantly recognizable fox terrier breed. Although it bears a resemblance to the Smooth Fox Terrier, they are believed to have been developed separately. Two of their faults are their enormous amount of energy and the fact that they easily get bored, but they can be very loving and fun if they get the proper attention. Additionally, it takes an extreme amount of training to get them to come when called, but it is not impossible.
The wire fox terrier is a sturdy, balanced dog weighing between 15 and 21 pounds. Its rough, broken coat is distinctive. Coat color consists of a predominant white base with brown markings of the face and ears, and usually a black saddle or large splotch of color; there may be other black or brown markings on the body. The wire in the photo at left sports the traditional white, black and buff tri-color coat. The wire in the right hand photo appears to be a ginger, a wire without black markings.

Breed Clubs and Societies

The Fox Terrier Club http://www.thefoxterrierclub.co.uk
American Fox Terrier Club http://www.aftc.org/
Swiss Fox Terrier Club http://www.foxterrier.ch/
German Fox Terrier Club http://www.foxterrier-verband.de/
RAF - Réunion des Amateurs de Fox-Terriers, France http://www.fox-terrier.org
Fox-terriers Club de France http://www.fox-terriers-club-france.org
Dutch Fox Terrier Club http://www.nederlandsefoxterrierclub.nl/
Swedish Fox Terrier Club http://www.foxterrier.se
Czech Fox Terrier Club http://www.foxterrier.cz/
Estonian Fox Terrier Club http://www.foxterrier.ee
Smooth Fox Terrier Association http://www.smoothfoxterrierassociation.co.uk

 


Bill Browne-Cole Travella Fox Terriers Fox Wire Breed Standard