The Wire fox terrier history

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The Wire Fox Terrier was developed in Britain in the late 1700s. His purpose was to bolt the fox from its den, so hounds and horsemen could pursue it on open terrain. To properly do his job, the Wire had to be quick and alert and react at the slightest provocation. These characteristics are still part of the breed standard.


The Wire's appearance has changed drastically over the years to give us the dog we now see in the show ring. The history of these changes is a fascinating one, that we invite you to read about on the Wire Fox Terrier Association of Great Britain's website: