How to Groom a Wirehaired Fox Terrier

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Wirehaired Fox Terriers, also called Wire Fox Terriers, Fox Terrier Wire Coats and simply Wires, are relatively small dogs which rarely stand taller then 16 inches. As evidenced from their various titles, they have a very wiry coat which is usually white with brown and/or black spots. They need a full grooming every 6 to 8 weeks and a general grooming at least once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Natural bristle brush
  • Clippers
  • Brush frequently with a natural bristle brush. Give your dog a thorough brushing at least once a week to remove shed hair. If you brush well and often, there is little need for frequent baths. Wirehaired Fox Terriers shed very little hair.

  • Strip the coat several times per year, at least. This is essential to the coat looking its very best. Hire someone to hand strip your Wirehaired Fox Terrier if he's a show dog. Hand stripping is a very specialized skill than many professional groomers don't possess. Make sure that you find a person who knows what they are doing.

  • Clip the dog's hair going with the grain. Don't go against it or even to the side.

Tips & Warnings

  • Although they are small, Wirehaired Fox Terriers have many defense mechanisms. They are extremely well built for their size, have very strong jaws with sharp, well-developed teeth and are also extremely bold.
  • Wirehaired Fox Terriers have a life expectancy of at least 15 years.
  • This is a good breed for those suffering from allergies.
  • Many believe this breed is pre-disposed to epilepsy. Deafness may be a problem in predominantly white dogs. Some minor health problems include post nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Perthes and shoulder dislocation. Wirehaireds are also susceptible to skin problems.

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