Wire Toy Fox Terrier

9-12 lbs
Toy Fox Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
Wire Toy Foxter

The Wire Toy Fox Terrier, also called the Wire Toy Foxter, is a small hybrid developed by crossing a Wire Fox Terrier with a Toy Fox Terrier. These dogs are courageous, self-confident, stubborn, and energetic. Their fur is generally wiry and ranges from short to medium in length. Their hair color can be brown, white, fawn, cream, black, and is generally a combination of colors. They have a hunting instinct, so early training is important to prevent them from seeing smaller animals as prey. Their weight ranges between 9 and 13 pounds, and they reach less than 15 inches tall. They love running, digging, and ball chasing. 

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Toy Fox Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 10-13 lbs
Female Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 9-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Deafness
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Ear Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood Count
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Breed History

The Wire Toy Fox Terrier is a designer dog created from crossbreeding a Toy Fox Terrier with a Wire Fox Terrier. Like many hybrid dogs, there’s little information about their origin. However, there’s plenty about their parent breeds. The Toy Fox Terrier descends from the Smooth Fox Terrier which was created in England to aid in fox hunting. The Smooth Fox Terrier had quite a wide size range; dogs could weigh as much as 20 pounds and as a little as 7 pounds. The miniature dogs were the favorites, since they were the most courageous and would excel at hunting, ratting, and guarding. The Smooth Fox Terrier was first acknowledged in The United Kennel Club in 1912, and all dog sizes were registered under the same breed. It wasn’t until 1936 when the Toy Fox Terrier was finally acknowledged by the UKC as a distinct breed. The American Kennel Club recognized the Toy Fox Terrier in 2003. The Wire Fox Terrier is also related to the Smooth Fox Terrier, and they have their origins in England. The Fox Terriers were developed in the 18th century, when hunting became very popular in England. It didn’t take long until hunters recognized the need for a hunting dog that could take the foxes out of their dens, thus the Fox Terrier was created. Wire and Smooth Terriers were considered within the same breed for a long time. It is thought that Wire Fox Terriers were developed from crossing rough-coated Black and Tan Terriers from Derbyshire, Durham, and Wales. Wire Terriers were literately crossed with Smooth Terriers to make the Wire Fox Terrier whiter with a cleaner-cut head and a conventional silhouette. England’s King Edward VII was the proud owner of a Wire Fox Terrier named Caesar. When the king died, Caesar participated in his funeral procession. The breed was first brought to America in the 1880s. The Fox Terrier was acknowledged by the American Kennel Club in 1885, and both the Wire and Smooth canines were registered within the same breed. It wasn’t until 1985 that the American Kennel Club recognized the Wire Fox Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier as different breeds. 

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Breed Appearance

The Wire Toy Fox Terrier is a small shaggy dog with short or medium-length hair that’s generally wiry, and a dense coat. They weigh between 9 and 14 pounds, and stand from 10 to 14 inches tall. Despite being small, they have a solid, strong complexion. Their legs are long and lean, and their paws are strong. They have small, slightly rounded heads with a somewhat narrower muzzle that’s rather long and flat. They look like they have a mustache due to the fur that covers their snout. Their ears are triangular-shaped and fold forward. They have big, round brown eyes and rounded black noses. Their hair can be brown, cream, fawn, white, black; but mostly, it is multi-colored. Overall, they have an innocent yet playful appearance, and they look athletic. 

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

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Breed Maintenance

Wire Toy Fox Terriers have a dense coat and shed moderately, therefore it is recommended to brush your hybrid frequently. Combing her hair every other day using a bristle brush will help eliminate any loose fur and prevent tangles and mats from forming. She is not smelly, so bathe her occasionally using a hypoallergenic dog shampoo to prevent irritating her skin. Since she has delicate skin and is prone to demodectic mange, check her skin often and take her to the veterinarian in case you find any redness or irritation. Clean her ears weekly using a cotton ball and an ear cleansing solution. Also, brush her teeth two or three times a week, this will help to get rid of tartar buildup and bad breath. You may need to trim the hair around her ears, eyes, and paws to avoid obstructions and infections, and clip her nails every month. Also, she might need a few yearly visits to a professional groomer, in order to keep her coat looking trim and smart.

Brushes for Wire Toy Fox Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Wire Toy Fox Terrier requires daily brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Temperament

Wire Toy Fox Terriers are active little dogs that have a strong hunting instinct, you will see her chasing smaller animals quite often. She also loves to dig, run, and play games like ball fetching. They are very stubborn dogs that have a mind of their own, therefore they require a lot of consistency and firmness to be trained, but always with positive reinforcement; treats and praise generally drive good results. She can become a great family pet if properly socialized while a puppy, and she will be glad to play with the kids any time. This hybrid is also very courageous, alert, loyal and protective, making them good guard dogs. 

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Activity Requirements

Although Wire Toy Fox Terriers are small, they still need daily activity in order to expend their energy and stay happy. They love to run, dig, and jump, so taking them to a park or yard where she can run leash-free would be greatly appreciated. However, keep her far from gardens as she is a dexterous digger. A daily 30 minute brisk walk is also recommended to help her stretch her legs and get some exercise. She will thrive best in a house with a fenced-yard, but you should never leave her unsupervised when she is outside, as she is prone to wander and follow small animals. She can also adapt to apartment living, but she requires daily outdoor activity. Moreover, be sure you give her plenty of toys to stay entertained with when you leave her alone, as she might become anxious and destroy things if bored. 

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

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Wire Toy Fox Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Wire Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

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