This rough-coated dog was developed by English fox hunters, who bred him to chase prey into their burrows. His docked tail made a convenient “handle” for his master to then pull the dog back out of the fox holes!
Today, most people enjoy the Wirehaired Fox Terrier (also known as the Wire Fox Terrier) as a companion pet, though as a terrier, he may be a bit more stubborn than other breeds. He is an extremely intelligent and energetic breed, which makes him a paw-fect pupil in agility and obedience training. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier has also long enjoyed success in the show ring, winning Best in Show titles at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show a staggering 14 times (most recently in 2014!)!
Smart dogs like the Wirehaired Fox Terrier need plenty of mental and physical stimulation, or else he is bound to find himself in hot water! His hunting heritage may also cause him to chase cars, bikes and perhaps even the family cat, so a microchip is a must in case his chasing leads him away from home! These adorable dogs need daily vigorous exercise, and their rough coats will need occasional grooming and hand stripping.
Although intelligent and athletic, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family’s budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Wirehaired Fox Terriers are prone to include skin conditions such as atopy; eye conditions such as cataracts; heart conditions such as pulmonic stenosis; and spinal conditions such as Wobbler Syndrome.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Wirehaired Fox Terrier inherits more than just a strong prey drive, you’re covered.