This rough-coated breed was developed by English fox hunters, who bred them to chase their prey into their burrows. Their docked tails made convenient “handles” for their masters to then pull the dogs
back out of the fox holes!
Today, most people enjoy Wirehaired Fox Terriers as companion pets, though as terriers, they may be a bit more stubborn than other breeds. Wirehaired Fox Terriers are extremely intelligent and energetic. Without mental and physical stimulation
, they are bound to get in trouble. Their hunting heritage may also cause them to chase cars, bikes and perhaps even the family cat!
Their intelligence lends well to agility and obedience training, and Wirehaired Fox Terriers have long enjoyed success in the show ring. In fact, they have won Best in Show titles at the Westminster Kennel Club shows a staggering 13 times!
These adorable dogs need daily vigorous exercise
, and their rough coats will need occasional grooming and hand stripping.
Although intelligent and athletic, Wirehaired Fox Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions
that can adversely affect their 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 congenital conditions for the life of your pet
as standard. Which means if your Wirehaired Fox Terrier inherits more than just a strong prey drive, you’re covered