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Best wired haired dogs

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Although wired haired dogs need regular grooming, they’re much easier to manage than long-haired breeds. Here's what else you need to know about wired haired dog breeds.

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 19/12/2019, 15:27

Wire haired terrier breeds

1# Wire Fox Terrier

The Wire Fox Terrier is a sturdy dog with a tough, wired coat. They're usually white, with brown and black markings around the ears and hindquarters. Wire fox terriers are renowned for their energy and intelligence. They have a low threshold for boredom, meaning they need plenty of attention and stimulation. Bred to be an independent working dogs, the fox terrier has a tendency to chase squirrels, birds, and even cats. Their thick coats require a moderate amount of grooming for a wired haired breed.

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Wire haired terrier breeds © Pixabay

2# Schnauzer

Schnauzers can be traced all the way back to 14th-century Germany. The dog was first known as the wire-haired pinscher; the name Schnauzer wasn't adopted until the late 1800s. Schnauzer comes from the German word for snout, which can also mean “moustache” or “whiskered snout.” Apart from their distinctive muzzle, the Schnauzer has long fluffy eyebrows and a wired, salt and pepper coat. They also tend to shed less than other dogs.

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Schnauzers have long wiry beards © Pixabay

3# Scottish Terrier

Affectionately referred to as the "Scottie", this wired haired terrier was bred in the Scottish highlands. Despite their distinctive “old man” look, the Scottish terrier is tough, territorial, and very independent minded. The Earl of Dumbarton nicknamed this breed “diehard” in respect of their feisty nature; other famous owners include US presidents Franklin D Roosevelt and George W Bush. Like most terriers, an untrained Scottie will chase after any small animals in sight. They typically have a long, coarser outer coat with a softer, insulating underlayer.

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"Scotties" are small but tough © Pixabay

4# Kerry Blue Terrier

One of the more uncommon breeds on the list, the Kerry Blue Terrier was originally used to control pests and vermin in rural Ireland. Despite once winning best dog at Crufts, the Kerry Blue Terrier remains relatively unknown. It's a strong-minded and spirited dog that displays many of the terrier characteristics (intelligence, enthusiasm, and obedience). They have a very distinct coat that comes in different shades of blue, although some can have a “greyish” tinge. It doesn't shed and so will grow throughout the year. This means weekly grooming session and a clipping once every six weeks or so.

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Kerry blue terrier has a wired coat © Pixabay

5# Otterhound

The Otterhound is a big dog with a very wiry coat. Originally bred for hunting, the Otterhound could chase its prey over the land and through the water (Otterhounds have webbed paws that make them swim better.) They have an extremely sensitive sense of smell and a natural curiosity. This makes them active and excitable animals, but they can also be quite difficult to handle. Otterhounds are very rare. There are only an estimated 600 Otterhounds in the world. Only 24 were registered in the UK last year.


6# German Wire Haired Pointer

The German Wire Haired Pointer is another working dog. This means they're intelligent, lively, and require plenty of exercise. Generally friendly and sociable, the German Pointer can still be a bit reserved around strangers. They can also be very protective of family members. Get them socialised as early as possible. Although they mean well, their protective instincts can seem intimidating to other people. The German Pointer has a wiry double coat that stands up to the toughest weather conditions. It gets especially thick during winter and sheds heavily during the summer.

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German pointers have wiry coats © Pixabay

Wire haired dog breeds: a few things to consider

As you can see, most wired haired breeds began life as working dogs. Their thick coats protected them from harsh weather conditions. It also meant they could scurry through the forests and undergrowth without damaging their skin. Unsurprisingly, their modern-day relatives still demand lots of outdoor time. They need long walks and time off the leash. These energetic dogs love chasing things too. If you don't play enough games of fetch, they'll start chasing squirrels and birds instead.

Another thing that a wired haired dog will need is regular grooming. The exact amount will vary from breed to breed, but most will need a weekly brush and a trimming once every six weeks. You can learn to do this yourself (just make sure you buy the right kinds of combs from a pet store), or you can book regular appointments at the doggy hairdressers. Each session can cost between £35-80; wired breeds tend to be near the higher end of the scale.

Wired haired dog breeds require two things: exercise and grooming. This will cost you time and money. So make sure you've got enough of both!