Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a bold, lively and friendly medium-sized dog that belongs to the terrier group.

Wire Fox Terrier Breed Group


Size of the Wire Fox Terrier


Colour Varieties of the Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier comes in 8 colour variations which include:

  • Black & White
  • Black Tan & White
  • Black White & Tan
  • Hound Marked
  • Tan & White
  • Tricolour
  • White & Tan
  • White Black & Tan

Country of Origin

Great Britain

The Wire Fox Terrier through history

The Wire Fox Terrier was used to hunt foxes, badgers and boar. It is mainly kept as a companion pet or show dog today.

Wire Fox Terrier introduction and overview

The Wire Fox Terrier is also known as the Rough-Haired Terrier. It is believed to have been developed before its smooth coated cousin, the Smooth Fox Terrier.

Size and weight of the Wire Fox Terrier

Height bitch 33-38cms

Height dog 36-41cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 6-8kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 7-9kgs

Exercise requirements of the Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a lively and athletic breed that requires at least an hour of vigorous exercise daily off the lead. It can live in a town, and even adapt to living in an apartment if it receives the physical and mental stimulation it requires.

Wire Fox Terrier temperament

The Wire Fox Terrier is a feisty dog with bags of character. The breed is bold, energetic, alert and cheerful. It tends to form strong bonds with family members. It is generally good around children, but good socialisation skills are vital from an early age. Care should be taken around small children. WFT’s can be agressive around other dogs, and contact with other small pets should be avoided.

Is the Wire Fox Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

No. The Wire Fox Terrier requires an experienced and confident owner, as the breed can challenge for the role as pack leader if allowed. The breed is intelligent, but can be stubborn and single-minded. A good recall is vital to prevent the stong chasing and hunting instinct in the Wire Fox Terrier. The breed can also be posessive around food and treats.

Wire Fox Terrier coat length

Medium. The coat is hard, wirey and rough.

Grooming requirements of the Wire Fox Terrier

High. Your WFT will require require regular professional grooming to keep the coat healthy and tangle free. The coat can be hand stripped with a stripping knife. This procedure is necessary for show dogs and does not hurt the dog. WFT’s kept simply as family pets can be clipped to keep the coat short and easier to care for. Hand stripping is more expensive than clipping, and much quicker too.

Ears need to be plucked, cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


Yes. This breed does not shed, so may be a suitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Epilepsy
  • Eye problems
  • Skin allergies

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Wire Fox Terrier

A healthy terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-15 years.

Approximate Wire Fox Terrier pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay between £600-£900 for a pedigree Wire Fox Terrier. Litters are commonly available. 672 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 3-6 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Wire Fox Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 7kgs requires 150gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 7kgs bitch or dog is around £3.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the terrier group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment