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The Wire Fox Terrier is an active, intelligent, and humorously independent breed that thrives with plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

Training a Wire can be challenging due to their easily bored nature and occasional stubbornness. Consistent recall can be tricky, so a secure fenced area or leash is essential.

Like most terriers, Wires respond best to positive reinforcement and clear, patient training methods rather than coercion. They excel in activities that engage their problem-solving abilities, such as barn hunts and earthdog trials, where they can showcase their natural instincts.

Obedience and agility training can be enjoyable, provided handlers maintain a sense of humor, as Wires may humorously defy expectations.

Wires are adept at learning tricks and love to perform, sometimes even adding their own improvisational flair, which adds to their charm.

For those interested in learning more about terrier training, we can recommend valuable resources and are happy to provide assistance or answer any questions you may have.

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The Wire Fox Terrier originated in Britain during the late 1700s with a specific role: to flush foxes from their dens, enabling hounds and horsemen to pursue them across open terrain. This required the Wire to be swift, alert, and responsive to the smallest stimuli, traits that remain integral to the breed standard today.

Over the years, the Wire's appearance has evolved significantly, culminating in the distinct look seen in today's show rings. The fascinating history behind these transformations is detailed on the Wire Fox Terrier Association of Great Britain's website, which we encourage you to explore. 


The Wire Fox Terrier is an alert, quick of movement dog. He is said to always be on the tip-toe of expectation at the slightest provocation. His character is imparted by the expression of his eyes and by the carriage of his ears and tail.

A well balanced WFT is a square looking dog that should not exceed 15 inches at the withers and scale around 18 pounds.

The WFT has what is called a broken coat that is dense and wiry in texture.  

The coat should be predominantly white, with black and tan markings. 

The full standard (CKC) is available by clicking here and with plenty of details as well as illustrations on the WFTA's website, here.

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