Do Your Homework:
Deciding on the Breed & Finding A Reputable Breeder
Choosing A Breeder:
When you are looking for a puppy or adult dog, you have many choices. However, your new family member will hopefully be with you for many years and the choice you make is important. If you are looking at this website, you may have already decided to buy from a breeder. In today's world of advertising and the Internet, finding a truly reputable breeder isn't always easy. While there are more detailed tips on my "Wire Info Pages" to help you find your way, I think this description written by Gabriel Valdez of Da Vinci Kennels of Bogota, Colombia, gives you a guideline of what the reputable breeder should look like.
I am a breeder.
I spend a lifetime learning pedigrees, going over dogs, talking and learning from those in my breed and those outside it.
I raise each litter as if I gave birth to them and spend an equal amount of time finding them loving forever homes.
I only put puppies on this planet that I think will be the healthiest (mentally and physically) and nicest examples of their breed.
I support each…… family who chooses one of my puppies and let them know they are now a part of our extended family.
I am there if one needs to come back and will aggressively pursue the return of one of my dogs if its in the wrong place.
I support my breed in rescue and education. I hold them when they arrive and leave this world, not only my own, but my brethren in the fancy.
I share my knowledge and socialize my dogs so that they will be the advertisement for my dedication.
I don’t keep track of the money and time I put in to my love of dogs, it would not be true measure of how I feel.
The price I charge for my puppies is never profit, but investment in the next generation.
I will not be ashamed of who I am, I work hard at being a good dog person and encouraging others to be the same. I am a breeder and I am proud of it.
When you are ready to choose a puppy, isn't this the kind of person you'd want to connect with? Don't be in a hurry and don't "fall in love" with a puppy just because it is cute. Choose a dog breeder well and you will not only get a dog that has had the best of beginnings, but a person who will be a support to you for the lifetime of the dog. Most reputable breeders are active in a breed club and subscribe to the club's Code of Ethics. They would never knowingly allow one of their dogs to be in a rescue or pound, but "rescue their own," regardless of the cost or difficulty.
Is a Wire Fox Terrier the breed for you?
Research the breeds that appeal to you and don't just choose on looks. Before you definitely decide on any breed of dog, I encourage you to learn what they were bred to do. The traits that were originally bred into dogs often still drive their behaviors. For example, Wires were bred to "go to ground" after vermin. They still have a strong prey drive and can be "diggers." The plants in our garden are sturdy and can stand up to the dogs running through. More fragile ones are in pots on tables or ledges. Our Flirt is a hunter who never forgets where she last saw a lizard, bird or squirrel. She has killed two rats and runs to the places she made the kills every time the door is opened. Flirt has caught, killed and beheaded a garden snake...bringing both ends to my cleaning ladies who were not at all thrilled!
Wires were bred to work alone and are not "pack" animals. That means that as adults, they often do not get along well with other dogs, especially one of the opposite sex. Very few Wires do well in a dog park situation. They are fearless, even with a much bigger dog and seldom back down. While there are exceptions, Wires are rarely reliable walking off lead and will run flat out across a busy street in pursuit of a bird, rabbit or anything moving that catches their eye.
On the other hand, Wires are usually very gregarious and affectionate with people. They love to sit on laps and are a great size...small enough to carry in your arms and big enough to not be "fragile." They have no or minimal shedding and are often suitable for people with allergies. They do require grooming with show dogs being "hand stripped" to retain their hard, wirey coat. This is time consuming, expensive and an art that few grooming shops can offer. Pets (and retired show dogs) are usually clippered which results in a softer coat of more muted colors in grey, cream and beige. Grooming shops routinely do this or you could learn to do it yourself.
Like many terriers, Wires worked alone, not necessarily in cooperation "with man," so while they can be very affectionate, they also have an independent streak. I truly love the breed and the fact that they make me laugh almost every day. Living with a Wire is much easier if you have a sense of humor! They are cute to look at but they are also tough and determined. My personal opinion is that the boys are easier to live with than the girls. I always say this:
Ask the male to do something and he seems to say, "Sure Mom...I can do that! I will do it right now." The girl more often seems to say, "Sure...I COULD do that...What's in it for me????" If that makes you smile....or even laugh out loud, and if none of the negative has made you less interested, you might be a great Wire owner!
For more info on Wire Fox Terriers, check out our So You Think You Want A Wire Fox Terrier Page!