Fox Terrier Literature List


What A Wonderful Poem!

This poem was sent out of one of our Fox Terrier lists and I really like it....maybe because it says just what most of us "dog people" feel, especially as we begin to get older.  I am already wearing those gray sweatshirts!

Grow Old With Dogs


When I am old...
I will wear soft gray sweatshirts...
and a bandana over my silver hair.....
and I will spend my social security checks on wine and my dogs.
I will sit in my house on my well-worn chair and listen
to my dogs' breathing.
I will sneak out in the middle of a warm summer night
and take my dogs for a run, if my old bones will allow...
When people come to call,
I will smile and nod as I show them my dogs...
and talk of them and about them...
....the ones so beloved of the past
and the ones so beloved of today....

I will still work hard cleaning after them, mopping
and feeding them and whispering their names in a soft loving way.
I will wear the gleaming sweat on my throat, like a
jewel and I will be an embarrassment to all...
especially my family...
who have not yet found the peace
in being free to have dogs as your best friends....

These friends who always wait, at any hour, for your footfall...
and eagerly jump to their feet out of a sound sleep, to
greet you as if you are a God.
With warm eyes full of adoring love and hope that you will always stay,
I'll hug their big strong necks...
I'll kiss their dear sweet heads...
and whisper in their very special company....

I look in the Mirror...
and see I am getting old....
this is the kind of person I am...
and have always been.
Loving dogs is easy,
they are part of me.
Please accept me for who I am.
My dogs appreciate my presence in their lives...
they love my presence in their lives......
When I am old this will be important to me...
you will understand when you are old....
if you have dogs to love too.

~Author Unknown

Books From My Library

When searching for Wire Fox Terrier books, I think they fall into some separate categories. The easiest to find are those WFT newer books which are still in print. Amazon is a good source for those.  However, the old, out-of-print books are an invaluable source of information on the breed and can still be located and purchased.

A personal favorite of mine is the old children's' books which feature Wires. I buy most of mine on eBay or with companies on the Internet that specialize in these items. Here are some of my favorite Fox Terrier books. If you want to order one of them and you don't see them on the lists at the bottom of the page, try searching for them on Google. That's how I found most of my out of print books.

I don't have a big collection (yet!), but I'm happy to share what I do have. Please do send me suggestions of others you think I might like to add.

History of the Fox Terrier:

 The New Fox Terriers
by Harold Nedell (1987)

This book, published in 1987 by Howell Book House, is full of photos of Wires and Smooths that can be found in today's dogs.  There are several drawings which illustrate correct and incorrect conformation and movement.  There are many pedigrees of famous fox terriers at the end of the book.

 The Complete Fox Terrier Wire-Haired and Smooth Coated
 by Irving C. Ackerman (1938)

I love this book! It was published in 1938 by Orange Judd Publishing Company and has one fascinating thing after another in it. My copy has handwritten notes inside the cover with remedies for flies on dogs and a name of a "vanishing salve" for skin trouble! I found a little ribbon used as a bookmark with "Forty-Seventh Annual Convention Kern County Christian Endeavor Union, Bakersfield Christian Church, March 7, 8, 9, 1942" printed on it. There was also an ad from Spratt's Patent Limited which sold grooming charts for 25 cents and also grooming tools. The book itself is wonderful with a fold out whelping calendar, many old photos and illustrations. There are three pages of photos tracing the evolution of the Wire Fox Terrier through sixteen successive generations in sire to son from Old Tip to Talavera Simon.

A History and Description With Reminiscences of the Fox Terrier
by Rawdon Lee (Reprinted in 2005 from a 1889 edition)

First published in London in 1889, this book is now published by Vintage Dog Books which specializes in reprints of classic breed books. This is a book to read in bits and pieces since it has 157 pages of personal observations in very small print. There are few illustrations, but lots to learn.


 The Wire-Haired Foxterrier
by Irving C. Ackerman (1934)

This is the second book I own by Irving Ackerman. This one was published originally in 1927 but mine must be a third printing dated 1934. Its price is in the front cover: $2.50 although I paid $15 for it now! It doesn't have as many photographs as "The Complete Fox Terrier," but it does include little "quizzes" where the reader has to evaluate structure among several illustrations. The book is a valuable source of Wire Fox Terrier history.

The Popular Fox Terrier - Wire and Smooth
 by Rosslyn Bruce

The aim of this book is twofold, to provide as much as possible of the information which lovers of terriers have handed down, since to produce strains of terriers, both for work and for show, without this knowledge is like trying to build a city without foundations. Secondly, it aims at being of practical use and interest to lovers of a beautiful and highly intelligent companion, who brightens a house when occupied, and protects it when empty.

I hate rats. Mice too. I doubt I will ever get around that so I probably will not train any of my dogs as Earthdogs. However, I am interested in how it's done and have great admiration for those dogs who do it. I think my dogs would like it, but they are hindered by my bad attitude. This book has detailed "how to"  instructions and lots of good pictures for those who want to know more about Earthdog training.

The Complete Fox Terrier by Evelyn Silvernail was first published in 1961. My copy is a second printing from 1965. The best thing about it is the photos, pedigrees and information about the old Wire and Smooth dogs of that day and earlier. The first third of the book concentrates on these topics with the remainder focusing on care and training. I enjoyed the historical sections far more than the latter.

By Caesar, the King's Dog

This was a lucky find for me. It is a fictional, hardcover, 1910 book in good condition that features Caesar, looking for his dead master, the King. I had been looking for it for some time and then it turned up on eBay. I paid only about $8.57 with shipping to be added from Great Britain. This was the only dog related item from this seller's store so I don't think he had an idea that the book was worth a lot more. It isn't here yet, but should be soon!

Children's Books featuring Wire Fox Terriers:

I don't have a particular source for the vintage children's books, but I watch for a title that interests me and then just do a search for it. I have gotten several that way, often bidding on them in eBay. Many come from the United Kingdom. Prices vary widely for each book. Be sure to check and see if it is a paperback or hardcover as many are published in both editions. Hardcover first editions are more expensive. Condition has a direct effect on price. However, you may find great books in unexpected places at reasonable prices. Here are some of my "finds." If you can recommend others, please let me know. I'm always hoping to add to my collection.


Sinbad: A Dog's Life
By Edwina

The eBay description of Sinbad said "A wonderful  book of Wire Fox Terrier stories illustrated with cartoon style short tales with a cheeky little Fox Terrier called Sinbad! He is drawn with fantastic character and fun with some truly wonderful expressions on his face!" I had never seen or heard of this book, but in a strange coincidence, won three 1930's prints of this same character on eBay a day earlier than this auction!. Here is what one of them looks like....


You can locate this book at . The site found many copies for sale, ranging from about $17- $83. This is one I lost bidding on eBay but easily found another copy on the Internet. It should be here soon. It's one I'm really looking forward to seeing!


Written by: David Adler
Illustrated by: Susanna Natti

Fifth grader Cam uses her photographic memory with help from her friend Eric and his twin sisters, to solve the mystery of Poochie, a famous canine televion star. The dogs are wire haired fox terriers. This is hardcover, Weekly Reader book first published in 1981. I found my ex library copy for $4.00.


This is my "prize" book! My copy of My Dog Rinty is worn and barely held together at the spine, but I love it. Published by Viking Press in 1946, it is difficult to find. It is the story of a little boy, David, who lives in Harlem and his Wire Fox Terrier, Rinty. It's a charming story illustrated with photographs on every page.

Tinker The Little Fox Terrier was written by Dorothy K. L'Hommedieu and illustrated by the famous canine artist, Marguerite Kirmse. It was published in 1957 in Great Britain  and is a one of six in a series of Terrier stories. Tinker is lost and the book tells of his adventures before he finds his way home. Kirmse's pencil drawings grace almost every page with an occasional one in color.


This is Captain Teddy and Sailor Chips, photographs and text by Creighton Peet and published in 1935. The text above says, "Teddy and his dog Chips lived on a farm a long way from the city. They had lots of fun playing with each other, and every Sunday they had chicken and ice cream for dinner." Teddy and Chips become separated at the docks and Chips ends up on a ship sailing to Japan. After many adventures, they are reunited at the end. A great little story!

Buddy is one of the best-known books in Great Britain. The real Buddy was the "wire-haired fox terrier who "owned" Mr. F. J. A. Grist, the well-known Fleet Street journalist." The book is a set of verses about his dog Buddy which appeared in the Sunday Pictorial with Buddy's picture.  The book itself was published in 1942 by Feature Books LTD in London.

The full title of this book is The Dog Who Looked Around: The World Through a Dog's Eyes. It was written by Leonard Hyams and was published in 1939 by the Bobbs Merrill Company. Like several other children's books of its time, this one is illustrated with many black and white photos. It tells the story of Patsy who was always looking at things around her. The photos show how everything looks through her eyes. A very sweet story!

The Treasure Hunters by Enid Blyton is a chapter book for older readers. It involves a mystery of a missing treasure and the three Greyling triplets who try to solve it. The "rough-haired fox terrier," Rags lives at their Grandmother's house and accompanies them on their adventures. The book was published by Collins in London & Glasgow in 1958.

Riley Goes To Obedience School is such a fun book! My copy is an ex-library book that was discarded and eventually made its way to eBay. I didn't pay a lot for it, but it's one of my favorites because of Riley's outrageous behavior and happy outlook on life! Those of us who live with Wires can all relate to this little dog! Published in 1956, the book is written by Mabel Louise Robinson and is illustrated by Leonard Shortall.

Sources For WFT Books

Some of the sellers are located in Great Britain or other countries,
but you can use this free currency converter to know the price in dollars.


These are Internet booksellers in addition to Amazon and eBay:

A Dog Net provides some modern books, Terrier calendars and other items. They have sources for purchase, many from Amazon. If you haven't yet started a Fox Terrier library, this will give you a start.

Wire Hair Fox Terrier Literature List

This is a list of titles, some available, some out of print, but you cannot purchase them on this site. I just copy and past the titles which interest me into the Google search engine and locate them elsewhere. Many will show up on eBay, on Amazon and on Internet booksellers lists. Be sure to look at the old Children's books! They are wonderful! and

The Canine Online Cornucopia is located in the U.K. but don't be discouraged by the prices in pounds. Most take PayPal and you can easily order these books. The best thing about this site is that many out of print books are still available here.

Alibris is a source for wonderful out of print books which have both narrative and photographic history of the Fox Terriers. When you start your search for books, try typing in "Fox Terriers" instead of Wire Fox Terriers. Many of the books have information on both breeds.
and their eBay store which you'll find on their page.

Vintage Dog Books does modern reprints of out of print titles. You will find some great books here that you can't find elsewhere.

County Books has some great books on working terriers. Some are originals, some are reprints. The prices can be a little high, but worth it if you find what you want. They are located in Great Britain, so don't forget to convert the price in pounds to dollars.

Although this isn't a terrier book, I am including it as a recommendation for those thinking about getting into showing or those who are just starting out with their first show dog. It looks like it also has a lot to offer to breeders who want to raise a prospective show pup into a champion. There are sample pages on the site that will show you a page from each chapter.