The Wire Fox Terrier is a very outgoing and active dog and often very much full of themselves. Cocky and self-assured,
they can get into lots of trouble. Intelligent and always alert, they love to play with toys and balls, and often real water
lovers. Although they are lap sized, in their hearts they are much larger. They are friendly and outgoing with most people,
but can be standoffish and protective of their family. They also can and often are, aggressive to other dogs and with most
other animals of any size. Great care should be taken in bringing a Wire Fox Terrier into a home with other pets. Bred as
hunters, they can see other pets as prey. If you have a cat, bird or hamster, and are getting an adult dog, be sure to find
out if your dog has been with any of these pets before you bring him home. Some wires will live peacefully with other
animals, but many will not. Your Wire's natural instinct will probably cause him to see them as prey to be hunted and killed.
Keep this in mind. The Wire Fox Terrier is a smart, high energy dog. They are generally friendly and curious and tend to
be into things. Like a bright child they are great fun, but also a challenge to live with. The Wire requires a lot of attention
from its people and needs to be part of the family. They want to be with you wherever you are, whatever you are doing.
They are great couch and bed companions. It helps to have a good sense of humor when living with a Wire Fox Terrier.
Wires, like most terriers, require enough room to exercise and play. They are generally great with older children(10 or
older), and they enjoy the hours a child will spend with them. They are best with a securely fenced yard and should never
be allowed to run loose. If they see something they think is prey or play, they will not come when they are called. A loose
Wire is in great danger as he does not understand he is not immortal and can be hurt or killed. Always keep your Wire
either on a leash or in a securely fenced yard. They have a great curiosity and will get into trouble when left to their own
All puppies are cute. They are so new and innocent. They are also a challenge to raise correctly. Up until they are six
months old they have puppy teeth that are very sharp and can cause some real damage. They also take some time to
house train. Puppies are adorable little bundles of fur, but a puppy buyer must be prepared for the dog they will grow up to
be. They need a lot of attention and should be in a home where someone is home most of the day. The adult dog is past
all this. He may be already house trained, and used to walking on a leash. He will be more settled in. There are
advantages to both the puppy and the adult. Take both into consideration when you start looking for a Wire Fox Terrier.
Wires are approximately 15in. to 18in. measured at the shoulder and weigh from 15 to 25 pounds. They are predominantly
white with tan or black and tan markings. The Wire usually lives a long and healthy life. Many live to be 15 years old or
more. They are generally very hearty and do not have any major heredity problems. They are strong and seldom get sick
if properly protected from contagious disease by regular vaccination and sensible feeding and care. They do tend to be
allergic to fleas and can have some skin problems. These are usually easily dealt with by good care and a clean
environment. Wires don't shed but do require grooming about every 4-6 weeks. Be prepared to spend about $40 or more
on grooming about every 6 weeks.