Wire Foxy Rat Terrier

10-20 lbs
11-18"
Unknown
Rat Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is a designer hybrid mix. He is a sweet combination of his two parent breeds, the American Rat Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. When fully grown, he stands about 11 to 19 inches at the shoulders and weighs 10 to 25 pounds. His small size makes him a great choice for an apartment or small house pet. This little guy is sturdy and ready for fun with his owners. He loves to play and do tricks. Unlike many small dogs, he is clever and relatively easy to housebreak.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
American Rat Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats
Height: 11-19 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Female Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats
Height: 11-18 inches Weight: 10-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Lens Luxation
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check
  • Full Physical Examination regarding joint movement around the hip and kneecap
  • Eye and Otoscopic Examination

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Breed History

The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is a 50/50 mix of his parents the American Rat Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. He displays many of their characteristics and traits. The American Rat Terrier was bred for speed. His fast responses enabled him to be a superior ratter. He was often used on ships to control the rodent populations. British immigrants are believed to have brought the small dogs to America where they quickly gained popularity. They became a favorite pet of farmers across the United States because they helped keep the vermin in check. Nowadays, police departments use the small dogs to search for contraband because they have a keen sense of smell and they are highly intelligent, so they learn quickly. The American Kennel Club officially recognized the American  Rat Terrier in 2010 and entered them into the Miscellaneous Group. The Wire Fox Terrier is an old breed whose origins can be traced back to England. The dog is believed to be a descendant of the now extinct rough-coated working Terrier which was common throughout Wales, Durham, and Derbyshire. The Wire Fox Terrier was bred to be a fearless hunter and to pursue a fox into its den without hesitation. The dog's short and robust docked tail served as a handle for the hunter. The hunter would reach down into the burrow and pull the dog out by his tail so the fox could then be finished off. The American Kennel Club first recognized the Wire Fox Terrier in 1885 but it was grouped with the Smooth Fox Terrier and they were considered the same breed. It was not until 1984 that the American Kennel Club officially separated the two breeds. The Wire Fox Terrier was placed in the AKC's Terrier Group.

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Breed Appearance

The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is a scruffy little guy. His hair sticks up in a wiry fashion all over his body. It has a generally unkempt appearance that makes him darling to behold. His ears usually stand upright and tip over at the tip. The tail turns up over his back and makes a slight bend. Some breeders dock their puppies tails prior to sale. His eyes and nose are usually black and stand out in stark contrast against his coat. He carries himself with a gait of determination and spunk.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wire Foxy Rat Terrier eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wire Foxy Rat Terrier nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
red Wire Foxy Rat Terrier coat
Red
cream Wire Foxy Rat Terrier coat
Cream
brown Wire Foxy Rat Terrier coat
Brown
white Wire Foxy Rat Terrier coat
White
black Wire Foxy Rat Terrier coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wire Foxy Rat Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Breed Maintenance

The short coat of the Wire Foxy Rat Terrier is easy to groom. Give him a quick brushing once a week to break away any loose hair and keep his coat shiny. Once a month, you can give him a bath to remove any doggy odor. Like so many small dogs, he can suffer from gum disease so start brushing his teeth a few times a week to remove any plaque buildup and prevent periodontal disease later in life. His small ears benefit from a quick wipe out once a week to remove any accumulation of earwax or dirt. His nails should be checked regularly for length; discomfort can occur if they get too long.
Brushes for Wire Foxy Rat Terrier
Slicker Brush
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wire Foxy Rat Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Temperament

The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier has a strong prey drive, like his parent breeds. He likes to hunt, so great care should be taken around tiny pets. Owners should always keep their dog on a leash because this little pistol of a dog will take off in a heartbeat to chase a squirrel or some other small rodent. He is a smart little guy and a delight around children. This active scamp loves to go for walks and play. He also likes downtime and will curl up on his owner’s lap for some much-needed snuggle time. He can be a bit barky if he hears a noise or sees a stranger. His high intelligence makes him easy to train in general obedience and easier than most small dogs to housebreak.

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Activity Requirements

The Wire Foxy Rat Terrier loves to go for walks. He is an alert little guy and takes in everything that is going on around him. Ideally, he should be taken for a walk at least once a day. He enjoys playing outside in a fenced yard but you should watch him closely because he can be a digger in his hunt for vermin. Indoors, give him plenty of toys to keep him occupied and happy. As a puppy, he tends to be a chewer so give him lots of things to chew on so he doesn't chew your shoes.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Wire Foxy Rat Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs
12 Months
Male Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs
18 Months
Male Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Female Wire Foxy Rat Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 15 lbs

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