Agile, energetic, intelligent and watchful dogs. As is the case with other Terriers, might not get along well with other dogs. Quick learners with reward-based training, and as such enjoy dog sports such as agility, flyball, tracking and earthdog trials. May engage in chasing or hunting wildlife, digging, barking and being tenacious or difficult to disengage from an activity that has its attention.
The Wire Fox Terrier dates back to the 1800's as a descendant of the now extinct Rough-Coated Black-and-Tan Terrier of Wales, Derbyshire and Durham. The breed was developed to assist in fox hunts by tracking the foxes, guiding the hunters and then driving the foxes from their dens. The breed became very popular during the 1930's, after being featured in the popular "Thin Man" series of movies and in the "The Adventures of Tintin" comic strip. In later years the population of the Wire Fox Terriers decreased as more people moved away from the country and into the cities. The American Kennel Club formally recognized the breed as a distinct breed from the Smooth Fox Terrier in 1985.