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The Wire Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. It is an instantly recognizable fox terrier breed. Although it bears a resemblance to the Smooth Fox Terrier, they are believed to have been developed separately.
Appearance The wire fox terrier is a sturdy, balanced dog weighing between 15 and up to 21 pounds. Its rough, broken coat is distinctive. Coat color consists of a predominant white base with brown markings of the face and ears, and usually a black saddle or large splotch of color; there may be other black or brown markings on the body.
History The Wire-Haired Fox Terrier was developed in England by fox hunting enthusiasts and is believed descended from a now-extinct rough-coated, black-and-tan working terrier of Wales, Derbyshire, and Durham. The breed was also believed to have been bred to chase foxes into their burrows underground, and their short, strong, usually docked, tails were used handles by the hunter to pull them back out.
Although it is said Queen Victoria owned one, the Wire-Haired Fox Terrier was not popular as a family pet until the 1930s, when The Thin Man series of feature films was created. Asta, the canine member of the Charles family, was a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier, and the popularity of the breed soared. Milou (Snowy) from The Adventures of Tintin comic strip is also a wire-haired Fox Terrier.
In the late 20th century, the popularity of the breed declined again, most likely due to changing living conditions in the Western world and the difficulty of keeping hunting terriers in cities due to their strong instincts. Among the less desirable traits of all fox terriers are their energy, digging, stalking and chasing of other animals, and yelping bark.
This notwithstanding, the Wire Fox Terrier has the distinction of having received more Best in Show titles at major conformation shows than any other breed. Wire-Haired Fox Terriers kept as pets show the loyalty, intelligence, and breeding befitting such a storied breed. Famous Wire-haired Fox Terriers
Plush dolls of Milou(Snowy) from “The Adventures of Tintin”Austin, who is owned by WWE personality Ken Anderson also known as Mr. Kennedy.
Asta, from The Thin Man film adaptation (the novel’s breed was a Schnauzer)
Bob, from the Hercule Poirot episode Dumb Witness
Bunny, from Hudson Hawk
George, from Bringing Up Baby
Mr.Smith, from The Awful Truth
Polly, a white rough terrier companion to Charles Darwin
Skippy, from Topper Takes A Trip
Willy, from Ask the Dust
Wuffles, the Patrician’s dog in the Discworld Series
Asta, George, Mr. Smith and Skippy were all played by the same actor. (information from Wikipedia)