Wirehair Fox Terriers are almost extinct

The wirehaired fox terrier
By Renate Kainzberger

Origin and history
The ancestors of the Fox Terrier are mentioned in old records as early as the 14th century. It has been around in England as a rough-haired variant since 1814, and as a smooth-haired one since around 1800. At that time, these dogs were not as elegant as they are today and were mainly used as smooth-haired hunting aids. However, because you needed a dog with a rough coat that protected from thorns and scrub, the now extinct Wire-Haired Terrier was crossed. This is how the wire-haired fox terrier came into being, which was recognized as an independent breed in England in 1870. The English Fox Terrier Club was founded as early as 1876 as one of the very first pedigree dog clubs.
The association was founded in Germany in 1889 and we initially preferred the smooth-haired Fox. From around 1920 the wire-haired man began to triumphant.

The pretty dog ​​breed became increasingly popular, often served as an advertising medium and appeared in films. It was even immortalized in the comic "Tintin". As a result, the Foxl developed from a robust nature boy to a fine lady companion dog and the result was typical mass breeding. Fortunately, this trend is long over and the fox terrier has recovered from its fashionable life. Today it has become an insider tip. If the dog hunter wants something special, he hits the bull's eye with the Foxl. If a Fox is in the house for the first time, however, you hardly have a quiet minute left. For me, this breed is the company noodle among dogs, which is only meant in a positive way. I can only recommend them, but you should know a little about dogs, because terriers are very stubborn and they often switch their ears to draft. Their stubbornness is really very pronounced. If you always succumb to the little one's charm, he will soon be the boss in the house!

Wire-haired fox males are up to 39 cm tall and weigh around 9 kg, bitches are around 36 cm tall and weigh 7 kg.
The coat color is predominantly white with brown or black markings. The fur structure should be dense and wiry. Fox terriers, however, have a soft undercoat.
The ears are small, V-shaped and tilting forward, the eyes dark, fiery and full of intelligence.
The Fox is lively, curious, and active.

He has retained his original passion for hunting, but is also characterized by intelligence and agility. He loves action: fetching balls and sticks is an endless game for him. The representatives of this breed are also great playmates for children and forgive many a cuddle. They are also ideal for agility training.
After an eventful day, the fox terrier also likes to cuddle and be petted in the evening.
His small mistakes, such as playful scuffling with other dogs or a pronounced passion for digging, can be eliminated through loving and consistent upbringing and training.
Fox terriers are headstrong but charming through and through. You have a lot
Creativity and often make their masters and mistresses laugh with funny actions.
By the way, fox terriers learn quickly; some can even perform little tricks.

Attitude and care
Fox terriers are not comfortable dogs; they need a lot of exercise and exercise, demand a high level of attention and constant variety. It is very important, once again to emphasize, a consistent upbringing, which should always remain loving. Exaggerated
Toughness makes this dog even more stubborn.
Wirehaired Fox Terriers should be combed twice a week and trimmed twice a year. If you take this to heart, you will hardly lose any hair
In principle, fox terriers can live in a city apartment, but a house with a garden to romp, dig and let off steam is more appealing to them. Then they are happy and comfortable. Of course, the garden does not release you from the necessity of daily, extensive and interesting outings!
Foxl are lovable dogs and are usually extremely smart and very willing to learn. Although originally hunting dogs, they prove to be excellent family and companion dogs with consistent training.
I have seldom seen more affectionate and loyal animals. Incidentally, fox terriers like to drive in the car, it seems to me, love water, are excellent watch dogs and successful mouse and rat catchers.
The Foxl gets along well with other dogs if it is used to it from an early age. He should therefore be socialized early, otherwise he is not averse to a fight later.
My fox terriers learned their social contacts in puppy school and through very early encounters with many other dogs while playing in the forest. I got help from a dog trainer with my upbringing.
Of course: the fox terrier wants to experience something and let off steam. In addition to courage,

Perseverance and a good deal of aggressive will, intelligence, vigilance and attachment are among its characteristics. Conclusion: Fox terriers are real character dogs who, with their adorable charm and infectious cheerfulness, will wrap any doubters around their fingers. They can be excellent, fearless and quick hunting assistants as well as playful, friendly and open-minded family dogs.



Cover picture: Nea Boreas-Tiedemann, Hamburg
All other photos: Renate Kainzberger