The joyful relationship we experience having Casey as a family member is by no means an accident. The process of choosing which breed was right for us, was a carefully thought through journey. We were ready for the responsibility of caring for a dog, and we needed some information about how to choose the dog breed. Consequently, we embarked on researching. This included reading books, talking to breeders and handlers, going to dog shows and shelters. After many months of research, we decided the wire-haired fox terrier was the breed for our family. We entered into this relationship with Casey with our eyes wide open. We knew what to expect from the breed and felt we were compatible, an informed decision is always a good decision.
We decided to devote this section of our website to information we learned about the wire-haired fox terrier. We certainly found this information both interesting and useful in helping us decide on what breed was appropriate for our family.
There are two purebred fox terriers: wire-haired and smooth. Interestingly, some consider the two types a single breed, although they originated from entirely different lines. The major registering organizations of the United States and Great Britain register the varieties separately and have set standards accordingly. These standards, however are the same except the coat requirements.
The wire-haired fox terrier is identical with his smooth-coated brother, with the single exception of the character of his coat, which should be harder, more wiry, and broken. This coat should not be so long as to make it look shaggy while a coat that is soft and woolly or one that has a suggestion of silky hair about the head should not be tolerated. The wiry, crisp, and heavy coat is the only distinguishing trait of this breed, so too much importance cannot be attached to its character. The harder and more wiry of texture the coat the better.