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About The Breed

The Wirehaired Terrie’s are famous – or infamous – for their sassy personalities, spirited natures and are known to be fearless. Despite their oddities, these dogs make exceptional companions. They are loyal, fun-loving, and silly – often ‘performing’ for their owners for attention. Terriers are curious dogs always willing to investigate anything and everything. They make excellent lively companions at home. Despite its small size, they are good guard or watch dogs.

Behavior

QUICK FACT
•  Height:  13-14 inches
•  Weight: 10 to 13 pounds
•  Life 15 years or more
•  All Colors

TRAITS
•  Brave, Alert
•  Small Guard Dog

IDEAL COMPANIONS
•  Singles
•  Family 
•  Seniors
•  Dog Friendly
•  Family Sports Events
•  Family Cookouts & Gatherings

TRADEMARK TRAITS
• Small & Cute
• Pretty & Dainty
• Fearless
• Loyal
• Affectionate
• Portable
• Cute “Chrysanthemum”

ABOUT THE BREED
The Wirehair Terrier dogs are tenacious, intelligent, full of character, and alert, making it a well-rounded companion for families looking for a small dog. – No matter how many people or animals in the house, they will assert themselves, involving themselves in lots of activities that are mostly amusing and fun. This assertiveness usually comes across as self-confidence, they get along very well with other dogs and easily adapt to family life. Intensely protective and have a fearlessness and a relentless bark that make them great watchdogs.

CHILDREN
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.

PETS
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.

TEMPERAMENT
The Wirehaired Terriers are very eager for adventure. This little dog is brave, loyal and clever. With owners who take the time to understand how to treat a small dog, they companion! It is affectionate with its master. They are easy to train and an excellent watchdog.

PERSONALITY
Smart and self-assured, the Wirehaired Terrier is a combination of endearingly small size and adventurous Terrier spirit. The breed displays a range of personalities. Some are cuddly and perky, wanting nothing more than to follow in their people’s footsteps throughout the day. Others are outgoing and will be a wonderful companion. They are a well-rounded dog.

The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is a brave and bold terrier. It is cheerful, lovable, enthusiastic and playful, especially with children. Affectionate, very devoted and loyal with the family, it truly enjoys their company.  They are very intelligent and can easily be taught to perform tricks.

BEHAVIOR
Besides being affectionate housemates, Wire-Haired Terriers are intelligent and fast learners. They can compete in agility and obedience trials with just as much enthusiasm and success as larger dogs. That said, they’re willful little dogs. You’ll be most successful if you can persuade them that competing — or simply doing as you ask — is fun. Use positive reinforcement in the form of praise and food rewards when training your Wire-Haired Terrier.

TRAITS
Fun loving and busy, Wire-Haired Terriers like nothing better than to be close to their people. They follow them everywhere in the house and ride along in tote bags when their people run errands or go shopping. It’s not unusual for Wire-Haired Terriers to form a close bond with a single person, and they can become very demanding if they’re overindulged.

Wire-Haired Terriers often bond to a people, they’re usually willing to make friends with new people if properly introduced. Expect them to be a little reserved at first, though. Wire-Haired Terriers can be. Like every dog, exposure them too many different people, sights, sounds, and experiences. Socialization helps ensure that your Wire-Haired Terrier will be a well-rounded dog.