Wire Fox Pinscher

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5-10 lbs
8-11"
United States
Wire Fox Terrier
Miniature Pinscher
What do you get when you mix a Miniature Pinscher with a Wire Fox Terrier? You get a super adorable and spunky Wire Fox Pinscher. This toy breed is a wonderful family pet for people without young children no matter how small of a place you live in. However, they do need to be groomed regularly and have to have at least an hour of exercise every day so you have to be prepared to spend quite a bit of time with your Wire Fox Terrier. Because they are so independent and headstrong, you may have a difficult time training your dog as well so you may want to think about obedience classes.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher and Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Pinscher Health

Average Size
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Shoulder And Elbow Luxation
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Hearing Tests
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • DNA

Wire Fox Pinscher Breed History

The Wire Fox Pinscher is a fairly new and rare designer hybrid breed so it has not established a background yet. It is best to examine the backgrounds of the parent breeds to find the characteristics of the Wire Fox Pinscher. The Miniature Pinscher is sometimes mistakenly believed to be a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher but these two dogs are not related. It originated in the 17th century from the Italian Greyhound, the Dachshund, and the German Pinscher. They were bred specifically to be ratters but according to some, these dogs have been around much longer than originally thought. Many people believe they were around a couple thousand years ago because dogs that look very similar to the Miniature Pinscher were depicted in paintings and other relics from the Renaissance Era. This fun-loving breed was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1925 and they are the 68th most common dog breed in the United States. Originating in England in the 1700s, the Wire Fox Terrier was bred from Terriers in Wales, Durham, Shropshire, Derbyshire, and Cheshire to be used for fox bolting and hunting. They chose these courageous breeds because they wanted a small but brave dog that is not scared of going in after their prey. The Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers were bred together at one time to get a more clean-cut and whiter coat. Although they are still a bit rare in the United States, they are the 101st most well-liked breed and were acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1885.

Wire Fox Pinscher Breed Appearance

The Wire Fox Pinscher is a little dog that is usually about one foot tall at the shoulder and weighs about 15 pounds on average. They are compact and petite dogs with a flat and boxy skull, tapered muzzle, and may have a beard. Their dark eyes are chocolate colored and almond shaped with black eye rims and they have a leathery black or brown nose. With short legs and a medium length tail, they are a small breed that is proportionately average to their parent breeds. Their triangle-shaped ears may be floppy or stand erect but are usually perked up when they are listening, which is almost always.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Sable
White
Fawn
Cream
Red
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Fox Pinscher Breed Maintenance

Any dog with a wiry coat has to have their coat stripped a few times per year and that includes the Wire Fox Pinscher. You can do it yourself by hand or use a tool called a stripping blade or you can have it done by a professional dog groomer. Your dog also needs to be brushed a few times a week with a rubber curry mitt or a slicker brush. To keep your dog from getting ear infections, you should use a soft cloth to wipe out his ears once a month and clean his teeth to prevent dental problems.
Brushes for Wire Fox Pinscher
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Fox Pinscher Temperament

Because both the Miniature Pinscher and the Wire Fox Terrier are known for their hyperactive and impulsive behavior, they require a strong owner with a lot of patience. You have to be firm and consistent when training your Wire Fox Pinscher so they know that you are in charge or they will walk all over you. They are bossy and possessive at times and have to be socialized well and often to get along with other pets. They are also not great with young children due to their snappishness. They are definitely intelligent, but like to do things their own way unless you teach them otherwise.

Wire Fox Pinscher Activity Requirements

As stated above, the parent breeds are both very energetic and intense dogs so the Wire Fox Pinscher needs to get at least one hour of vigorous activity every day. Any dog that does not get enough exercise is susceptible to behavior problems, anxiety, and boredom but this breed is especially problematic when they are not exercised enough. By just taking your dog for a brisk walk once or twice a day and playing a game of fetch, you can be sure he is both mentally and physically healthy. Some other activities he may enjoy are playing flyball, agility training, swimming, and hiking.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Wire Fox Pinscher Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Wire Fox Pinscher Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 9 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs
18 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 lbs

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