Wire Foxingese

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10-15 lbs
8-11"
United States
Pekingese
Wire Fox Terrier
Tekingnese, Foxingese
The Wire Foxingese is a designer dog that is a combination of the Wire Fox Terrier and the Pekingese. They are very small dogs and would be a wonderful addition to any family no matter where you live. However, it is recommended that you watch them carefully around children and socialize them well when they are puppies. Between the wiry coat of the Terrier and the soft, silky coat of the Pekingese, your Wire Foxingese will likely have medium to long wavy or wiry fur that needs to be groomed regularly. Although they are fairly easy to train, you will need to provide firm consistency and plenty of exercise time.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Pekingese and Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Foxingese Health

Average Size
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Shoulder And Elbow Luxation
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Heart Problems such as Pulmonic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Congenital Eye Defects
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Hydrocephalus
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • DNA

Wire Foxingese Breed History

Although the Wire Foxingese has been around for a couple of decades, they have not built up enough of a background so you need to examine the histories of the Pekingese and Wire Fox Terrier for their characteristics. The Pekingese is a pampered pooch from China that first showed up in the Tang Dynasty sometime around 750 A.D. They were developed in Peking, China to be lap dogs to the royal family. The story claims that they are the offspring of a monkey called a marmoset that fell in love with a lion. Many call them Lion Dogs because they resemble the lions that guarded the Chinese courts. The statues of these lions still stand all over China and you can see the resemblance to the Pekingese. These dogs were treated as royalty, had their own servants, and the punishment for stealing one was death. In the old days, when a royal family member died, their dog was put to sleep and buried with them so they could go with their master into the afterlife. Luckily, that tradition ended before the breed became extinct. Several of these dogs were confiscated during the invasion of the Chinese Palace and one was gifted to Queen Victoria. They became popular with the royal women and were even nicknamed Sleeve Pekingese because they were carried in the ladies’ large flowing sleeves. The Pekingese was accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1906 where they are the 93rd most well-liked dog in America. From England, the Wire Fox Terrier is a descendent from the Black and Tan Rough-Coated Terrier, combined with other Terriers from Shropshire and Cheshire in the 1800s for hunting purposes. They were popular for fox bolting and hunting rats, mice, and other pests and were owned by many royal hunters including Edward VII, who owned a Wire Fox Terrier named Caesar. In fact, when Edward died in the early 1900s, his beloved pet walked right alongside the casket. The American Kennel Club recognized this wonderful breed in 1885 and it is the 101st most common breed of dog in America.

Wire Foxingese Breed Appearance

Your Wire Foxingese should stay small, between 10 and 20 pounds at most when full grown and standing less than a foot tall. Their furry coat may be wiry or wavy but will likely be a combination and can come in a variety of colors such as golden, pied, speckled, sable, tan, liver, chocolate, white, brindle, merle, black, red, blue, gray, or spotted. They have short and stubby legs with little round feet, a curved and feathered tail, round head, floppy ears, a short muzzle with a brown or black nose, and a small mouth with an underbite. Their round eyes are brown and full of curiosity while being constantly alert.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
Brindle
Sable
Pied
White
Blue
Fawn
Cream
Red
Brown
Gray
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Foxingese Breed Maintenance

The maintenance for your Wire Foxingese depends on how thick and wiry your dog’s coat is. Because the Pekingese has a very thick and silky coat and the Wire Fox Terrier has a wiry coat, these two can combine to be a matting nightmare if not groomed regularly. You should invest in a high-quality detangling tool and a good pin brush and comb. Most owners also prefer to use detangling spray and conditioner to loosen the matting. Never pull the hair with a brush or comb when it is tangled. It is better to loosen the mats with your fingers before brushing it out. You can also clip her toenails and clean her ears and teeth once a week or as needed.
Brushes for Wire Foxingese
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Deshedder
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Foxingese Temperament

This breed is very lovable and cuddly with their family but may have a bit of an attitude with strangers. It is important to socialize them when young so they know how to get along with other dogs. They should also be trained properly and consistently to prevent small dog syndrome and other behavioral issues. It may take more patience than usual to potty train your Wire Foxingese because they are very independent and headstrong so you have to be firm but not aggressive. Some owners will end up using puppy pads or obedience training classes to make training go smoother. 

Wire Foxingese Activity Requirements

The Wire Fox Terrier is a high energy dog, while the Pekingese has a moderate level of energy so you will need to provide approximately an hour of exercise every day. This breed is susceptible to weight gain and health problems if they do not get enough exercise and they may also end up with behavior issues from boredom or anxiety. They need to spend a good amount of quality time one on one with you on a daily basis to stay mentally and physically healthy. Even though your dog is little and can get a good amount of their exercise indoors, they need to get outside at least once a day as well. Taking her for a walk or to the dog park every day is a great way to get exercise and keep her well-socialized.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Wire Foxingese Food Consumption

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

Wire Foxingese Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Height: 8 inches Weight: 7 lbs
12 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Height: 9 inches Weight: 9 lbs
18 Months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 12 lbs

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