This little dog is “wiry” in both coat and character. Possessing the bon vivant typical of the terrier group, the Wirehaired Fox Terrier makes a lively and engaging companion. Or, if you rather, a determined vermin eradicator! They were developed in the 17th century in the British Isles for just such a reason. Though not used so much these days for their original purpose of chasing rodents and foxes, they are more than happy to spend their days enthusiastically excavating. This can be troublesome if said excavating happens to be in an adored flowerbed. Like other active breeds, these terriers require human supplied diversions such as frequent walks and games of chase as well as more organized activities like fly-ball and agility.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.