7 Reasons Wire Fox Terriers Should Be the Internet’s Next Favorite Dog

A wire-haired fox terrier just won Westminster. Here's why the breed should also win your heart

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For a long time, it seemed like the Internet really only had room in its heart for cats. Eventually, the web came around to dogs too, which was great. But let’s face it: when it comes to canines, the Internet is pretty breedist. All anybody ever talks about are corgis, pugs, French Bulldogs and, most recently, shiba inus — for good reason, of course, because all of those dogs are adorable and generally awesome.

But here at NewsFeed, we decided it was time to stand up for another breed, one that has played a significant role in American popular culture but for some reason has been excluded from modern web culture. (DISCLOSURE: My family dog is a wire fox terrier named Stanley, and he is ADORABLE.)

Here are seven reasons why it’s time for the sprightly, silly, adorable wire fox terrier to become the world’s next great canine craze.

1. A wire fox terrier just won Best in Show at Westminster

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Five-year-old Sky took home the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. If the WFT is good enough for the world’s most elite judges of canine quality, then it is good enough for you too. (Note: the non-show dog, civilian variety of fox terriers aren’t usually groomed like that. They are much cuter.)

2. They’re Hollywood stars with major retro appeal

In the 1930s, just about everybody wanted a pet WFT, thanks to the very talented actor who played Asta in the popular 1930s Thin Man films. They became even more fashionable thanks to Snowy, the valiant wire fox terrier featured in the comic The Adventures of Tintin. Obviously anything vintage is cool nowadays, so let’s all don our best cloche hats and fur muffs and hang out with wire fox terriers. Really though, check out this retro appeal:

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 3. They get along with everybody

Wire fox terriers just want to have a good time, and they are not at all breedist. They’ll play with anybody! For example, Cocker Spaniels:

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4. Wes Anderson likes them

In his film Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson cast none other than a wire fox terrier to play the role of loyal camp dog Snoopy. That movie came out nearly two years ago. It’s time for the rest of the world to catch up. And plus, if Wes Anderson deems something cool, the Internet pretty much always agrees.

5. They look great in hats

No like, really great. They are awesome for playing dress-up in general.

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6. Because of this guy:

Portrait of a Fox Terrier

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If that doesn’t define “winner,” then we have no idea what in the world does.

7. Oh, did we mention they’re really cute?

Fox Terrier Puppy

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Look at that face. Are you going to tell that face it can’t be an Internet star?

12 comments
MontiAndrews
MontiAndrews

Everyone says that the Wire Fox Terrier basically hates other dogs, hates cats, etc.

Funny. You guys must be doing something wrong. I'm on my second Wire Fox Terrier, RJ. He came into our life when our last one passed away, Rex. Both dogs got along fine with the other dog we adopted from the pound. She's a mutt...seems to be part terrier of some sort, part hound dog. We take them to the doggy park every weekend, and they get along with the dogs there too.

Not only that, have two cats. RJ gets along with them, and will even play with them. One of the cats is only 2 months old, just recently adopted. RJ is still young and still learning....he's 4 months old. I thought for SURE that he would be a little too rough for the kitten, because he doesn't know his own strength. Yet, he's still gentle with the kitten.

Both Wire Fox Terriers I've had have spent time sleeping right along side the cats, and the cats get along with them.

Dogs act accordingly to how you raise them. I always keep my dogs social...with other dogs, with cats, and with people/kids. If you keep the dog isolated from these things, of course they'll be less likely to behave nice to them.

greengirlva
greengirlva

I also live with this amazing breed. I would just caution folks if they are interested in acquiring one, please ensure that you are being responsible and not supporting puppy mills. And people should also know that even though they are quite good looking they have many traits that may not work for most folks. People do your research. They can be the Internet's #1 dog though! http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/westminster-wire-fox-terriers-win-raises-important-questions-acquiring-puppies

Read more: Westminster Dog Show Winner: Why Wire Fox Terriers Are the Best | TIME.com http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/12/westminster-dog-show-winner-wire-fox-terriers/#ixzz2ttvZKnqn

GayChiappetta
GayChiappetta

I agree that WFTs aren't for everyone.  I've had four of them but NONE of them have been dog aggressive - quite the contrary, they have all played very well with other dogs.  With the exception of my first, who came before my kids and was a tad bit jealous, but never, ever bit one of my kids (just avoided them) - all of the others were great with kids.  True - you need to be consistent in their training, but honestly, we have not had any problems with our WFTs. They do have a very strong prey drive so they must always be in an enclosed yard or on leash - squirrel hunting is a favorite pastime.  But otherwise, all of mine (males) have been absolute little lovers.  I love the breed.

CrisSwift
CrisSwift

Wow!  Do your research before you post an article like this!  The folks at American Wire Fox Terrier Rescue can give you a very true accounting of what a fox terrier is like.  No they do NOT get along with all other dogs.  No, they are not just fun, easy pets!  In fact they require a great deal of time, training, and skill.  They are escape artists.  They are amazing fighters, and will tangle with any dog, no matter how much bigger.  They are not cute toys.  They don't get along with children, often.  They think cats are prey.  They are one of the more difficult dogs to own, as evidenced by the great number of them turned over to rescue.  We love them for what they bring, but it's not a cute cuddly little pet.  

DaniSlon
DaniSlon

This article is highly misleading and dangerous to the breed. As a long time owner of wire fox terriers I can agree that they are cute as anything but they are NOT for everyone. They do NOT get along with everyone. Quite the contrary. Most are dog aggressive and they are not great with little children and definitely NOT cats. They are stubborn and hyper. They will escape from your home at any opportunity and are very difficult to catch. They demand attention 24/7 so if you have kids and work and do not have time to take your wire on three LONG walks and give them plenty of attention- please do NOT get a wire or any terrier for that matter. These articles are very damaging because the info is misleading. If people rush out and get wires -- without understanding the breed - these beautiful dogs end up discarded in shelters. As fox terrier rescue people - we see it all the time!!!

PatKelly
PatKelly

PLEASE retract the information about Wire Fox Terriers. They are not a best choice of dog for most families. Yes, they are fun and intelligent.  However, they are very prey driven and can often be deadly to cats or other small animals. They are also often very dog aggressive.  A person who gets a Wire Fox terrier for a pet must understand the terrier breed in general and really understand the importance of serious training. With any terrier it important for owners to be vigilant. Next time PLEASE contact reputable breeders of the breed you are encouraging people to get.

ladyguenivere
ladyguenivere

Huh, my wire fox terrier basically hates all other dogs and children. She's fun and silly and playful and loves her family, but bring a dog nearby and you're basically offering her a free meal to chase. And children under the age of 7 drive her up the wall in very, very short order.


I agree, WFT should get adoration from the web, but I don't want to see any mangled children/Yorkshire Terriers on YouTube.

KenEllis
KenEllis

Please for the love of God, do not let stupid people buy or adopt a Wire Fox Terrier. They are a smart dog ,but do need smarter people to train them. They will chew your things until about 2 years old. This means everything!  PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME!!

You must have patience and persistence in training...do not have a heavy hand and they will respond very well to your commands.


Please be careful as to whom buys/rescues/adopts them . They are too good a  dog/friend to be mistreated  by ignorant people.


This applies to all animals, not just WFT

MontiAndrews
MontiAndrews

If I could, I'd post pictures of RJ and Rex alongside their adopted sister, and the two cats we have. They'd melt your heart.

MontiAndrews
MontiAndrews

@CrisSwift Don't get along with other dogs? Should tell that to both of my WFT, Rex and then after he passed away, RJ.

Both get along with their adopted sibling who's part hound, part terrier. Our WFT even play and sleep with the two cats we have.

MontiAndrews
MontiAndrews

@DaniSlon Message me on Facebook if you want pictures of my Wire Fox Terrier RJ playing with his adopted sister (part hound, part terrier) and playing with/sleeping with the cats we have. I'd post them here if I could.

Perhaps my pure bred Wire Fox Terriers didn't get the memo on being mean to cats and kids? Or perhaps I just taught them better like a good owner should.

ladyguenivere
ladyguenivere

@KenEllis  My dog chewed everything until she was 5 and we do training daily. LOL They are high energy, awesome dogs, but if you want your couch to be perfect, adopt an older foxie who needs a home. :)