Wire Jafox

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8-14 lbs
Japanese Chin
Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Jafox is a hybrid developed from crossing a Japanese Chin with a Wire Fox Terrier. These small dogs stand from 10 to 13 inches tall and weigh between 8 and 16 pounds. They are alert, playful, and intelligent dogs. They are easy to train and like to please their owners. Their fur is generally medium in length and can be cream, white, brown, tan, white, or a combination of colors. These dogs can adapt well to apartment living, but will need daily walks. They are great with children and get along well with other dogs; however, early socialization is important. 

Date of Origin
Japanese Chin, Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Jafox Health

Average Size
Male Wire Jafox size stats
Height: 11-13 inches Weight: 10-16 lbs
Female Wire Jafox size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 8-14 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataract
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Lens Luxation
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Heart Murmurs
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Hearing and Ear Tests

Wire Jafox Breed History

The Wire Jafox’s history is rather obscure, as is most hybrids. This designer dog was developed by crossing a Japanese Chin with a Wire Fox Terrier. The Japanese Chin is a very ancient dog that is believed to have originated in the Chinese imperial court. These dogs were highly valued and were often given as prized gifts. It is thought that the emperor of Japan got a Chin as a gift, and this was the arrival of the breed to the island which gave it its name. Here, this dog was considered a separate being (chin). They were probably crossed with small Spaniel dogs, developing into the Japanese Chin we know today. The breed was unknown worldwide until 1853, when international trade was first implemented in Japan. Many of these dogs were taken to Britain and to the United States. It is known that the President Franklin Pierce was one of the first Japanese Chin’s owners in the United States, where it was known as the Japanese Spaniel. The breed became very popular amongst wealthy people. The American Kennel Club recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888. Fox Terriers originated in England. This has been a very popular breed since its early beginnings. In the late 18th century, English hunters were needing a dog that could enter fox dens and take them out, hence the development of the Fox Terrier. There’s a painting from the 1790s which includes Colonel Thornton’s Smooth Fox Terrier, Pitch. The breed has changed very little since then. Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers were considered a different variety of the same breed for a long time. Wire Fox Terriers are believed to have descended from rough-coated Black and Tan Terriers from Wales, Durham, and Derbyshire. Wire and Smooth Terriers were freely crossed, aiming to make the Wire Terriers whiter and to improve their appearance. It is well-known that England’s King Edward VII had a Wire Fox Terrier named Caesar. When the king died, his dog marched in the funeral procession. Wire Fox Terriers were imported to the U.S. in the 1880s. These dogs became very popular in the 1930s thanks to ‘The Thin Man’ series and its Wire Fox Terrier star, Asta. The American Kennel Club recognized the Wire Fox Terrier in 1985. 

Wire Jafox Breed Appearance

The Wire Jafox is a small dog that weighs between 8 and 16 pounds, and can stand from 10 to 13 inches tall. They have a dense coat that can be short and wiry, or longer, and silky; it depends on which parent breed they take more after. Their fur color can be brown, black, cream, tan, pied, or white. Their head is slightly rounded, with big, brown, almond-shaped eyes and a black nose. Their muzzle is medium-length and flat. They have pointy ears that generally fold at the end. These dogs have a slim build, with elongated legs and a strong, long tail. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wire Jafox eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wire Jafox nose
brown Wire Jafox nose
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Wire Jafox coat
fawn Wire Jafox coat
pied Wire Jafox coat
white Wire Jafox coat
black Wire Jafox coat
cream Wire Jafox coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Wire Jafox wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wire Jafox Breed Maintenance

Because his parent breeds have very different fur, The Wire Jafox’s fur can vary a lot from one dog to another. He can have short, wiry hair or a longer, silky coat. A longer coat will need a daily brushing to avoid and eliminate mats and tangles. If your dog has shorter, wiry hair you will need to brush him every three days in order to keep his fur clean and eliminate any loose hair. Either way, you can use a slicker brush. These dogs are not prone to being smelly, so bathe him occasionally to avoid drying out his skin. You will also need to clip his nails once or twice a month, depending on their length. Clean his ears every week using an ear cleansing solution and a cotton ball. Brush his teeth every three days to eliminate any tartar buildup and bad breath. Lastly, you should take him to a professional groomer a few times a year, to keep his coat healthy and nice looking. 

Brushes for Wire Jafox
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Wire Jafox requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Jafox Temperament

The Wire Jafox is a very smart, courageous, and playful dog. They get along very well with kids and other dogs; however, remember it is very important to socialize him when a puppy. Generally, Wire Jafox dogs are easy to train as they are very intelligent and like to please their owners. However, he might be a bit stubborn some times, so remember to be patient and give him lot of praise. He gets a little anxious when left alone, so this might not be the dog for you if you are away for long periods. Nonetheless, get him toys to keep him entertained when alone. He may have a taste for hunting smaller animals and for wandering, so it is very important to have a fenced-yard and to never leave them unsupervised in a park or yard, as they might run after a small animal or get lost investigating. 

Wire Jafox Activity Requirements

The Wire Jafox is an active dog that likes to play, jump, and climb. He requires daily activity to be happiest and avoid boredom. A daily walk of 30 to 45 minutes is recommended. He will also enjoy time to snuggle and curl up in a comfortable spot. He is likely to also enjoy swimming, so trips to the beach or lake will be very welcomed. Taking him to a dog park is also highly encouraged, so he can socialize and run leash-free. However, keep in mind he might go after small animals as he will follow his hunting instinct. He lives best in a house with a fenced-yard where he can run and play; nonetheless he can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets daily activity outdoors. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Wire Jafox Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.2
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Wire Jafox Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wire Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Wire Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Male Wire Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Wire Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs
18 Months
Male Wire Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 13 lbs
Female Wire Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 11 lbs

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