The Wire Fox Terrier origins are somewhat speculative but if we are to believe early writings it suggested the breed came about by various cross-breeding with smooth coated Black and Tan Terriers, Beagles, Greyhounds and the now extinct Old English Terrier. During the early nineteenth-century the breed came in both Smooth and Broken coats and were produced in the same litter.


The Wire Fox Terrier is a relatively small dog. His back-skull is flat narrowing moderately toward his eyes; his eyes are dark brown; his nose is always black. His ears are V-shaped and moderately small which drop forward close to the cheeks. The tail is set on high and is not docked. His coat is moderately harsh to the touch; coat colour varies but predominantly white with brown or black markings.

IMPORTANTA Wire Fox Terrier with exaggerated features is the result of bad breeding.   CreditThe Breed Club Connection.


The safest way for obtaining a healthier Smooth Fox Terrier puppy is from health tested parents – Ask the breeder to show proof of clinical testing for both Sire and Dam. If this proof is not immediately available – Walk away as quickly as you can.

The Wire Fox Terrier, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years, may suffer from patellar luxation and deafness. It is also prone to minor health concerns, such as lens luxation, cataract, distichiasis, and Legg-Perthes Disease. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may regular eye tests for the dog.

Patellar Luxation;
Patellar luxation is a common condition in dogs, particularly small and miniature breeds. The condition usually becomes clear between the ages of 4 to 6 months.

Ectopia Lentis
Ectopia lentis is a displacement or malposition of the eye’s crystalline lens from its normal location. A partial dislocation of a lens is termed lens subluxation or subluxated lens; a complete dislocation of a lens is termed lens luxation or luxated lens.