Wire Fox Terrier: reviews. "Wire Fox Terrier - The Perfect Companion"
In my opinion, wire-haired fox-terriers, since they are more elegant than their smooth-haired relatives, are more show dogs. For example, they more often than smooth-haired fox terriers win "best" (Title“Bestinshow“ — “The best dog of the show“- approx. editorial staff) Thanks to this, the breed has been bred for a long time not for hunting, but for the show. This could not but affect the nature and behavior of dogs.
In no case can it be said that wire-haired fox terriers have turned into sofa dogs. Hunters still bring hard-coated Fox Terriers, that is, these dogs have not lost their hunting qualities. But still they are not as tough in nature as smooth-haired fox terriers. Wire Fox Terriers are more balanced, less hazardous. Therefore, for a person who wants to have a companion, this breed, in my opinion, is fabulously good.
My youngest dog, a wire-haired fox terrier, is 6 years old. She is not afraid of dogs, people, or anything else, but she will never fight in her life.
However, hunting fox terriers still go down and hunt for animals. But some hunters prefer precisely “stiffs”, since it is more careful, which means that these dogs are more likely to survive than the “reckless” smooth-haired fox terriers.
My wire-haired fox-terrier does not have any aggression towards relatives. I can release it to any dogs, even to those prone to aggression. She behaves perfectly in dealing with them: she shows all the signs of reconciliation, and if she is attacked, she ... just freezes! She does not tighten her tail, does not screech, does not respond with aggression, but instead turns her head away and stands silently. She is bitten, but she does not move. Therefore, aggressive dogs with her are not interested. When the aggressor leaves, Homs immediately turns around and runs to him: class, it was fun, let's play some more! After the third unsuccessful attempt to eat it, everyone starts to play.
Homs is a staunch pacifist. I can’t even imagine how it can be provoked to aggression.
However, Homs is Homs. Nevertheless, most fox terriers remember that they were bred to fight the beast, so for many of them a fight (especially for males) is a fun pastime. So it is necessary to educate and socialize the puppy.
Observations of a specialist: Wire Fox Terrier behaves very delicately with people. Yes, it’s all the same a clown, a Skoda who is “for every penny”, they love long walks, will hunt rats or mice with pleasure - but at the same time they will remain balanced family dogs.
However, this does not mean that you do not need to deal with them. A wire-haired fox-terrier will be a convenient family dog with proper training and a sufficient amount of load (both physical and intellectual). In no case should it be allowed to start the process of upbringing.
Wire Fox Terrier gets along well with children. Homsa and I go to orphanages, visit children with special needs, and my dog behaves there very wisely. She intuitively does what dogs canistically specifically teach.
Expert advice: However, if you take a wire-haired fox-terrier to a family with children, keep in mind that natural activity pushes them to violent games. So it is better not to start a family with children under 10 years of wire-haired fox terrier. And children should be taught to communicate and play with the dog correctly.
If you teach the Wire Fox Terrier, he is quite capable of getting along with any other animals. Cats run away from my dog, and she wants to catch up with them and look closer. Although, perhaps, at a certain stage, her game can become quite tough, but I do not think that it can cause any serious harm.
Raising and training of wire-haired fox-terrier
The Wire Fox Terrier is an excellent learner. It is easy to motivate him - both for food and for a toy.
Observations of a specialist: The wire-haired fox-terrier is not as reckless and motivated as the smooth-haired, but it has stability, which is very important, for example, in agility. This is a great team dog, and if the handler gives the right command, she will do it right.
Homsa and I do agility and freestyle. And this year, almost without training, she managed to win the Belarus Agility Championship according to IFCS (according to FCI she became the second). Just arrived, ran and won.
Maintenance and care for the Wire Fox Terrier
The absence of hair in the house is a big plus when keeping a wire-haired fox terrier. If you trim it in time, then there is no wool at all. But if you do not trim the dog in time, it will turn into a ball of wool, which will begin to crumble.
I trim Homs 1 time in 2 weeks, but, in principle, it is enough to do this 2 to 3 times a year.
If the wire-haired fox-terrier is cut, the hair changes its structure and color, gets knocked into tangles. The coat becomes soft and ceases to protect the dog.
Observations of a specialist: Properly processed wool is not only a beauty, but also a reliable protection against external influences. They easily tolerate heat and cold, the wool does not get wet (water just drains from the dog, like plastic). It is very convenient. If you simply pour on a dog from the shower, it will remain dry.
Another plus of stiff wool - it does not get dirty. My dog is for exhibitions only (about 1 time in 3 months).
Homs loves water. And she is ready to put her head under the water (along with her ears) and blow bubbles. Therefore, if she sees a puddle, she will not care that she is dirty - she will not pass by.
A two-time walk is quite enough for a wire-haired fox terrier, they are able to endure.
You can probably scare the wire-haired fox-terrier, but you need to try very hard. And in games they are not excited so that it is impossible to stop.
Wire Fox Terrier Feeding
All my dogs love to eat, including a wire-haired fox-terrier. But overfeeding them is not worth it.
What kind of owner does the Wire Fox Terrier need?
No way nervous. The annoying owner will not find a common language with the wire-haired fox terrier.
I would say that in no case is rigidity in handling unacceptable, because this can provoke aggression on the part of the dog.
Wire Fox Terriers are very good dogs. But, if they are taught that the leader is the one who “blows” everyone, they will begin to do the same.
You must be able to negotiate with a wire-haired fox-terrier - in this case you will have an ideal dog.
Photo of the Wire Fox Terrier from the personal archive of Olga Krasovskaya