The Eager, Dynamic Wire Fox Terrier – Dogster


A hardy, mid-sized breed, the Wire Fox Terrier rarely turns down a chase, a hunt or an invite to playtime. Tenacious yet amiable, determined yet devoted, this Terrier stands on the tiptoe of expectation, ever ready for life’s adventures.

Wire Fox Terrier pedigree and history

Developed in the 19th century British Isles, the alert and active Wire Fox Terrier was bred to hunt, as well as to find and kill farm vermin. His likely ancestors were black-and-tan working rough-coated Terriers originating in Wales and northern England.

The Wire Fox Terrier’s history is closely tied to English Fox hunting. Hounds would chase the fox until he went to ground, then Terriers were needed to pester the fox from hiding places. The Wire Fox Terrier, a combination of speed, endurance and tenacity, could run near the hounds and horses during the hunt with energy left to follow a fox into burrows. Some hunters carried the early Terriers in their saddlebags, dropping them to drive the fox out as needed.