The wiry coat is nearly nonshedding but requires professional grooming and stripping to look its best.
The Wire Fox Terrier has a wire-haired coat which sheds minimally. Its sturdiness and size combined with its friendly and playful nature make it an excellent companion for children. They are bold but not aggressive towards people. Fox Terriers make excellent watch dogs in the home. Although seldom used for hunting today, the breed still maintains its drive and determination. They will dig tirelessly for underground vermin.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.
The Wire is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
The Wire Fox Terrier coat is harsh wire and virtually non-shedding, but does require brushing, stripping for show or clipping for companions. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Wires make nifty pets for families looking for an upbeat, friendly companion with loads of personality. They are, though, terriers—with the independence and prey drive possessed by all members of this feisty canine clan. They’re smart and companionable, but training can be challenging. When positive, consistent methods are applied, however, they’re eager learners. Excellent athletes, natural-born comedians, and charming bedtime cuddle bugs, well-bred Wires are long-lived, low-shedding pals.
Wire Fox Terrier &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Wire Fox Terriers are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Wire can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.