Welsh Wire Fox Terrier

15-18 lbs
Welsh Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Wirelsh Terrier,Wirelesh Terrier, Weewire
The Welsh Wire Fox Terrier, also known as the Wirelesh Terrier or Weewire if you're feeling adventurous, are a breed of hybrid dogs that result from mixing Welsh Terriers with Wire Fox Terriers. Hunting is in the Wirelesh's DNA, and these guys will often give chase to smaller creatures such as birds, rabbits, or even cats. Simply put, Weewires have a respectable amount of energy at their disposal and an impressive in born hunting instinct, so these pups aren't for the faint of heart or the sluggish of foot. To own a Welsh Wire Fox Terrier is to commit oneself to the hunt; even if you're not chasing down foxes or badgers, you'll likely be chasing down your own Wirelesh as these pups have a habit of wandering and darting about. Find a safe, healthy, and constructive means to enervate your Wirelesh and you'll have a handsome and friendly companion at your side.
purpose Purpose
Hunting, Companion
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Welsh Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 13-15 inches Weight: 17-21 lbs
Female Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually A Very Healthy Breed
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Lens Luxation
  • Shoulder Dislocation
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Hearing
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Breed History

As is the case with almost all designer dogs, the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier is an emergent dog breed, relatively new to scene and without a storied history behind it. It was undoubtedly bred to try and combine the best qualities of both the Welsh Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier, and these attempts likely began around the late 1900's, but the Weewire is otherwise steeped in mystery. The Welsh Terrier's past is lest mysterious, however, and can offer valuable insights into the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier's current disposition. Originating from Wales in the 1700's, the Welsh Terrier was bred to hunt foxes, otters, badgers, and rats. Such characteristics made the Welsh Terrier a fan favorite of hunters and trappers, giving them a reputation that well preceded their arrival in the United States around 1901. Wire Fox Terriers, on the other hand, originate from 1800's England, where they earned a reputation for being loyal and staunch companions when a Wire Fox Terrier by the name of Caesar purportedly marched alongside his owners funeral casket. Loyalty, courageous, and well regarded hunting instincts are all hallmarks of both of the Weewire's parents. Though the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier is not as well known as either of it's ancestors, the instincts that have been passed on to it are sure to help the Wirelesh earn its place in the canine kingdom. Designer breeds are created with the hopes of combining the best traits two great breeds are capable of offering, so the Wirelsh Terrier is well equipped to leave a big paw print in the annals of history.

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Breed Appearance

Welsh Wire Fox Terriers are shaggy looking dogs that often sport the same brown and red hues that Wire Fox Terriers have come to be loved for atop the same curly and loosely flowing coats that are typical of most Welsh Terriers. Wireleshes don't have the same spindly profile that the Wire Fox Terrier has but their heads are similarly slim and pointed. They've got two floppy ears and have two brown, glistening eyes for maximum adorableness and they have an overall innocent appearance that somewhat betrays their heritage as hunters. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, however, as the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier's somewhat unassuming appearance will likely make it easy for people and other dogs to approach it without any negative preconceived notions, allowing them to experience the Weewire's friendly nature at full effect.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Welsh Wire Fox Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Welsh Wire Fox Terrier nose
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Welsh Wire Fox Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Breed Maintenance

Being a hybrid of the Wire Fox Terrier and the Welsh Terrier, a Wirelesh's coat may need to be treated with a combination of tools and methods that one would use on either of its parents. Combs, slicker brushes, and nail clippers will be your tools of the trade by default, but you may also need to keep a deshedder at hand if you find that your Wirelesh has retained its Welsh Terrier parent's propensity for shedding. Both of the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier's parents have wiry, somewhat dense fur so your hybrid pup will likely be adorned in bushels of silken fur. To keep said fur healthy and strong, weekly grooming sessions will be required to help your Wirelesh's coat shine. As with all dogs, manual nail trimming should only bee attempted by the experienced and confident dog owner. Otherwise, seeking the aid of professional dog groomers will save you and your Wirelesh a great deal of pain and misery.
Brushes for Welsh Wire Fox Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Welsh Wire Fox Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Temperament

Considering the fact that both of the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier's parents are natural born hunters, the Wirelesh is likely going to be more hyper and, well, wired than most other dog breeds, even including other members of the Terrier family tree. Wireleshes can learn to be great with kids and other dogs but they'll need to have a watchful eye resting on them at all times. Welsh Wire Fox Terriers are very friendly creatures but they can also play a bit too hard for the tastes of some. Welsh Wire Fox Terriers aren't what you might classify as a "stay at home" dog either; they've got hunting in their blood and they aren't the type of beasts to lay about the house and the adorn the floor like a rug. Should you purchase or breed a Welsh Wire Fox Terrier, be prepared to have your hands full with these frenetic fur-balls.

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Activity Requirements

Welsh Wire Fox Terriers are spritely dogs with a fair amount of energy to burn off. A 45 minute exercising session will usually do the trick, but hybrid dogs such as the Wirelsh Terrier will often to have their needs discerned on a case by case basis. As for the Welsh Wire Fox Terrier's weekly goals, try to aim for 8 miles per week of cumulative walking distance. Wire Fox Terriers and Welsh Terriers a like were bred to hunt and run around quite a bit, so the Weewire's energy levels will fall somewhere in between the medium of both of its parents.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.6 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Welsh Wire Fox Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 15.5 lbs
Female Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 14.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.0 inches Weight: 18.5 lbs
Female Welsh Wire Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs

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