wire terrier

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“The original novel [Dumb Witness] was dedicated to her [Agatha Christie’s] own wire-haired terrier - ‘To dear Peter,’ it read, 'most faithful of friends and dearest of companions. A dog in a thousand.’
I felt exactly the same way about the terrier in our film. He captivated me from the moment I set eyes on him. The little dog, whose real name was actually Snubby, became my dear friend. [..] My now ever-expanding fan club wrote to tell me how much they enjoyed it [the episode], so they also told me, the sales of wire-haired terriers shot up exponentially after it was shown for the first time in March 1996.”
- David Suchet, Poirot and Me

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Tytos, Wire Fox Terrier (13 y/o), 80th & 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY • “He only speaks Romanian and ‘haide’ means ‘come on’, so people always think I’m saying 'hi’ to them.”

anonymous asked:

I often look after a 13 year old (smooth in case there's a significant difference) fox terrier, I'd love to know your professional opinion of the breed. Could you write an evaluation when you have the time? Thank you! Your blog is interesting to me even though I am not a vet just an animal nerd. I also appreciate your frank discussions of the less pleasant aspects of being a vet and your fantasy biology posts bring me a lot of joy. I really learn a lot from this blog and I love it.

I don’t think there’s a significant different between the smooth or wire hair versions of the fox terrier, though the smooth version is certainly more common here. So I’m grouping the smooth fox terrier and wire hair fox terrier together.

Please note the disclaimer. These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your animal is going to encounter in their life.  

Originally posted by lisapee

The fox terrier is a pretty hardy little dog who’s popularity is eclipsed somewhat by the more common Jack Russel Terrier. They do, however, have a few conditions of particular interest.

Fox terriers can inherit a genetic Myasthenia gravis, which is usually more common in larger dogs. It’s a neuromuscular disorder which typically includes difficulty swallowing, and may result in megaoesophagus, where the oesophagus loses muscle tone and is unable to contract and force food into the stomach.

Like many terriers there is a predisposition towards cataracts, lens luxation and glaucoma, and these conditions can all occur together.

Another quirk is that it’s possible to see Wobbler Syndrome (cervical vertebral instability) in these little dogs. Typically this condition, where the vertebrae of the neck are malformed and can occasionally pinch on the spine, is seen in large, rapidly growing dogs, so seeing it in a small breed is unusual.

Atopy and allergies are common in the breed, and they become regular visitors to the clinic over spring and summer. This isn’t helped by their desire to stick their head into every single bush they go past looking for fun things.

And epilepsy seems to pop up more often in these dogs, though its severity is variable.

zephyrantha  asked:

Wait, so why is the Bedlington haircut a thing? I know poodle cuts are supposed to be to protect their joints in cold water but that's the only breed I've seen before with a distinctive/recognized haircut. What's the reasoning for the Bedlington terrier?

Lots of breeds have distinctive haircuts. I believe it is just for show, no reason other than to have a standard look.

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