Wirelsh Terrier

15-18 lbs
Welsh Terrier
Wire Fox Terrier
The Wirelsh Terrier is a designer hybrid mix that was created by breeding the Welsh Terrier with the Wire Fox Terrier. The breed is active and independent. Many people favor him as a watchdog because he will alert you immediately if he hears an unfamiliar noise or sees a stranger.  He is a fearless little bundle of energy that loves to play. When fully grown, he stands 12 to 20 inches at the shoulders and weighs 15 to 20 pounds.  Like all Terriers, care should be taken if you have small pets because a Terrier will often hunt them.  This breed is highly intelligent. His active personality makes him a great play companion for a child.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Welsh Terrier, Wire Fox Terrier

Wirelsh Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Wirelsh Terrier size stats
Height: 12-20 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Wirelsh Terrier size stats
Height: 12-18 inches Weight: 15-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Seizures
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eyes
  • Blood Analysis
  • Wellness Check

Wirelsh Terrier Breed History

The Wirelsh Terrier is an ideal combination of both of his parent breeds. He exhibits both of their qualities to create a unique cross. The Welsh Terrier was bred in Wales to fearlessly hunt badgers, fox, and other rodents. Research indicates that the Welsh Terrier is one of the oldest breeds to be created in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, today in the UK the breed is in serious danger of dying out. There are currently only 300 dogs registered in the country each year. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and entered into the Terrier Group. The Wire Fox Terrier and the Smooth Fox Terrier were originally considered one breed, however, in the 1800s the dogs became two distinct breeds. The breed was originally developed to hunt fox. The dogs would chase the foxes out of their dens. The hunters would use the dog’s short docked tail as a handle to grab and pull it from the fox den. Queen Victoria and her son King Edward VII both owned the breed. In the 1930s, the canine breed rose in popularity but in recent years it has suffered a severe decline. It is believed that the breed is not very popular because it is difficult to keep a Terrier with a strong prey drive in an urban household setting. The striking Wire Fox Terrier has received more Best of Show wins at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show than any other breed in history. The breed was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 and entered into the Terrier Group.

Wirelsh Terrier Breed Appearance

The Wirelsh Terrier is usually bi-colored with a wiry coat, floppy ears, and a mid-length tail. His feet are small and tight. The dog's ears droop longer than the pooch's parent breeds. His eyes and nose are both dark like small buttons. He only minimally sheds. His face is usually a light brown and his body black or a brown/black mix of colors. He has an alert expression and a happy face. Many people consider his scruffy appearance to be adorable.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Wirelsh Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Wirelsh Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Wirelsh Terrier coat
brown Wirelsh Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Wirelsh Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Wirelsh Terrier Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Wirelsh Terrier is wiry and a bit scruffy. He benefits from daily brushing. Many owners opt to bathe their dog every few weeks to remove the doggy odor. His ears can be wiped out once a  to remove any earwax buildup. The canine's nails are usually naturally filed with his abundant exercise but if they are not then you will need to clip them to keep them a manageable size. Many little dogs suffer from gum disease later in life so brushing his teeth once a week can help prevent the uncomfortable oral conditions sometimes seen later in life.
Brushes for Wirelsh Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
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Wirelsh Terrier requires daily brushing
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Wirelsh Terrier Temperament

The Wirelsh Terrier is a peppy breed who is very active and loves to play. He enjoys a jaunt to the dog park and a daily walk. The little guy makes an ideal guard dog because he will bark if he hears any unfamiliar noises or encounters a stranger. Although his prey drive is not as intense as his parent breeds, he does enjoy trying to hunt small animals and great care should be taken when walking him because he will take off after a squirrel or other small animal. His clownish personality and independence make him a fun addition to any family. He especially adores children.

Wirelsh Terrier Activity Requirements

The Wirelsh Terrier is active. He likes going on a daily walk and he usually benefits from a fun run at the dog park. This active Terrier makes a great dog to have around children because he genuinely enjoys playing with him. He can live in an apartment if he receives ample daily exercise and playtime.  The Terrier instincts of this little guy take hold when he is around tiny animals so great care should be taken around smaller pets because he will chase them and bark at them. If he is in a fenced yard, supervision is a must as he has proficient digging skills and may find his way out in search of excitement.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
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Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Wirelsh Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
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Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00
food bag monthly cost

Wirelsh Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Wirelsh Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
Female Wirelsh Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Wirelsh Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Wirelsh Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Wirelsh Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 16.0 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Wirelsh Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 15.0 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs

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