Due to their small size, Wirehaired Terriers aren’t suited to families with young children. Most breeders won’t sell puppies to people whose children are younger than 6 years old. It’s just too easy for children to drop them, step on them, or hold them too tightly. They are very sweet and loving and understand most children but will be better with older, considerate children, simply because they are so small, most people allow them to get away with behaviors no dog should display.
All dogs are individuals. Our ratings are generalizations, and they’re not a guarantee of how any breed or individual dog will behave. Dogs from any breed can be good with children based on their past experiences, training on how to get along with kids, and personality. No matter what the breed or breed type, all dogs have strong jaws, sharp pointy teeth, and may bite in stressful circumstances. Young children and dogs of any breed should always be supervised by an adult and never left alone together, period.
The Wirehair Terriers can get along well with other pets, including cats, if socialized to them at an early age. They’re bold in going after strange dogs, however, even those that outweigh them by a factor of ten, and protecting them from themselves becomes second nature.