Rough Exterior .. Golden heart: Your Guide to Wire Haired Dogs

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Thinking about owning a pup?… wire haired dogs are what you looking for.

If you aren’t overly enthused about the commitment to brushing daily that comes with a long haired dog. Also, and you don’t want the hassle of always cleaning layers of dog hair off your furniture, then, The wire haired dogs may be the perfect match for you

Wire haired dogs don’t shed as much, which is why they are a good match for dog lovers with allergies.

Wire haired dogs have relatively rough-feeling bristly hair. Which is usually a couple of inches long and coarse in texture. Their coats are not supposed to be soft and silky like most other dogs,So don’t get the wrong idea.

Grooming wire haired dogs

Wire haired dogs are relatively low maintenance in terms of their grooming care. They require little brushing and the occasional bath to keep them in good shape.

The only thing that can be considered relatively time-consuming in grooming a wire haired dog is trying to pluck out stray and unruly hairs from their coats, that’s it.

grooming wire haired dog

You can use your fingers or a stripping knife for that matter.

When you pluck the old hair out, This will stimulate the skin and give a chance for new and fresh hair to grow in.

There are two ways to accomplish this:

#1 Taking The Coat Down

That means plucking the whole coat down from stray hairs all at once.

This is usually the go-to procedure for conditioning show dogs before a big showcase event.

#2 Rolling The Coat

That means plucking small areas of the coat at a time. Just when you think it might be necessary or if you see odd stray hairs sticking out of your dog’s coat in an unpleasant way.

This is the most common of the two methods as it’s relatively easy to spare five minutes rolling the coat than an entire afternoon taking the coat down.

How to pluck stray hairs from your dog’s coat the correct way:
1. Hold the skin tight with one hand.
2. Spray some grooming powder on the area of action.
3. Hold just a few hairs down at a time with the other hand.
4. Pull them down and straight out in the direction of hair growth.

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Wire haired dog’s come in all different shapes, colors, and sizes. Here is a list of the most popular wire haired dogs and their traits.

Top 10 Wire Haired Dogs

#1 Scottish Terrier

Cute, appealing, and personable. The Scottish terrier is a small black terrier hailing from Aberdeen in Scotland

Too smart for their own good, and they come with a little extra sass. The Scottish Terriers are independent ​and ​live by their own set of rules. They’re strong-headed, so training isn’t on their list of priorities.

#2 German Wire Haired Pointer

Intelligent, lively and active. The German wire haired pointer is a dog from within the griffon grouping, bred as a hunter dog and initially used to work with hunters.

Their coats are hardy and resistant to the very worst weather. The coats are double layered, with the undercoat growing dense and thick during winter to offer protection against the cold, but thinning to be very fine during the summer months. The top layer of the coat is wiry and harsh and should lay flat against the undercoat.

#3 Jack Russell

You probably remember him from the movie “the mask”.

The Jake Russell is yet another one of the terrier breeds that comes in a wire haired coat and is one of the most popular small dog breeds in the UK.

They are plucky, outgoing, almost fearless, and make for great entertaining companions.

life is never boring when there is a Jack Russell in the house.

#4 Fox Terrier

Another terrier on the list. The fox terrier is a small dog breed. The coat of the wire haired fox terrier is coarsely textured, with a thick undercoat to protect them from the cold. The top layer of the coat is stiff and wiry and should be twisted rather than curled.

Lively, tenacious, intelligent, and stubborn. Also, with a strong hunting instinct.

If you are active, fit, and in need of plenty of entertainment, The Fox Terrier is a good family pet for you.

# 5 Affenpinscher

Similar to their Terrier cousins, the Affenpinscher was bred to hunt rats, but has since retired from their mission and is now a trouble-making and loving companion.

They still carry their fearless traits from their hunting days and have no shortage of confidence. Guard duty is their top priority, so barking and chasing every little thing are common for these breeds.

#6 Brussels Griffon

Just like “Chewbacca” from star wars!.

This breed is loyal, intelligent, and sometimes moody. The Griffon is needy and may demand your love and attention throughout the day.

They prefer to spend most of their time with you, which doesn’t leave much room for others. In fact, the Griffon is quite suspicious of strangers, and definitely not warm towards children.

# 7 Irish Terrier

The Irish Terrier is fearless and alert, always on the lookout for intruders. They were born for guard duty, and they take their job seriously, which makes them excellent watchdogs.

They are also pure athletes with incredible speed and energy, so they excel at agility courses.

# 8 Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Dandie’s are a very unique and rare breed, with a large head and eyes (somewhat too large for their small body), but are built very low to the ground​.

Their ​rear legs extend further than their front legs,​ while their back ​and spine have a natural curve. Combined, these characteristics create an unusual looking dog.

#9 Border Terrier

They work hard and They play harder.

The Border Terriers were originally bred to hunt foxes, so running and digging comes pre-wired,.. get it? Which means this can be a challenging dog.

#10 West Highland White Terrier

A sometimes overly confident trouble-maker. The West Highland Terrier is a lovable handful but perfect for the right owners.

This little lady knows exactly what she’s doing when she digs or barks, but it’s all in good fun.

They are excitable and playful and love your attention more than anything else.

That’s it. That was our list, what did you think about it?

For any further questions or if you would like to add something to the conversation, tell me in the comments below.

Feel free to check out my other list of Top 12 dogs with hair.

Have a nice day and read you next time.

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