Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 13-14 years
Weight: Male: 7-8, Female: 6.5-7.5
Height: Male: 13-15.5, Female: 13-15
Origin of Name: The Wire Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds.
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Fox terriers as we know them today took shape during the succession of British foxes in the late 1700s. The terrier's job was to catch the fox from its lair, to help hunters and horsemen escape into the open country. Fox terrier coats are mostly white, with no red, to accidentally avoid foxes during hunting.
The Wire has always been a consistently successful show dog, with this writing, a record 15 Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show. One of the great dealers of show-dog history, Matford Wick, a wire bought from a farmer for $ 10, won Westminster in 1915 and 1916. In England, wire and smooth fox terriers have been recognized as separate breeds, and breed standards, since the late 19th century. AKC did not recognize Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers as distinct breeds until 1985.
Among many beloved stars of history, Caesar was King Edward VII's favorite dog, which mesmerized the British Empire. The Wire's popularity was a major success in the 1930s and '40s thanks to Esta, the comic wire who worked with William Powell and Myrna Loy in six ""Thin Man"" films. Since Esta's time, Wire's striking looks, expressive features, and naturalistic performance skills have made the breed a familiar presence in films and TV.