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
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:
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:
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.
6. Because of this guy:
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?
Look at that face. Are you going to tell that face it can’t be an Internet star?