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Nicole Cosgrove

Poodle and Wirehaired Fox Terrier

The Wire-Poo is a mixed breed the result of crossing a Poodle with a Wirehaired Fox Terrier. She is a medium sized cross breed and has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years. She is also called the Wirepoo, Wire Foodle and Wiredoodle. She is a very loveable, friendly and outgoing dog.

Here is the Wire-Poo at a Glance
Average height Up to 15 inches
Average weight 20 to 40 pounds
Coat type Medium to long, wavy to curly, soft
Hypoallergenic? Yes
Grooming Needs Moderate
Shedding Low
Brushing Daily
Touchiness Somewhat sensitive
Tolerant to Solitude? Moderate
Barking Rare
Tolerance to Heat Very good
Tolerance to Cold Good
Good Family Pet? Very good to excellent
Good with Children? Very good to excellent
Good with other Dogs? Good with socialization
Good with other Pets? Good with socialization
A roamer or Wanderer? Average
A Good Apartment Dweller? Very good
Good Pet for new Owner? Very good
Trainability Easy to train
Exercise Needs Quite active
Tendency to get Fat Average
Major Health Concerns Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, Legg-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Bloat, Skin Problems, Eye problems, Deafness, Patellar Luxation,
Other Health Concerns Hip dysplasia
Life Span 12 to 15 years
Average new Puppy Price $250 to $1350
Average Annual Medical Expense $460 to $560
Average Annual Non-Medical Expense $675 to $775

Where does the Wire-Poo come from?

The Wire-Poo is a designer dog, a mixed breed dog the result of usually two purebred dogs being crossed together. Designer dogs became a big thing over the last 30 years though some have origins that date before that. They are popular with the famous and the public and as a result more breeders have entered the field, breeding more and more designer dogs. Some of these breeders have some care over their work but a lot are puppy mills and disreputable breeders. Avoid buying from such people by doing your homework first.

The Wire-Poo like a lot of these dogs does not really have anything known about her origins. She can be understood better by looking at the parents breeds. Always remember about designer dogs there are no guarantees when it comes to their temperament or looks. They can be more like one parent or the other or a mix. They could have the best of both or the worst, or a mix.

The Wirehaired Fox Terrier

The Fox Terrier was bred in the 1600s in Britain for hunting small vermin, foxes and so on. There were two versions of him, the smooth coat and the wirehaired coat and for a while it was thought they were the same breed. However they were separated into two breeds in the late 19th century. Even though it was said Queen Victoria had one they were not super popular as pets until the 1930s when some films came out using one. But in the late 20th century his popularity declined again partly due to his strong prey instincts.

Today he is full of intelligence and energy and still requires a lot of activity and stimulation to keep him from acting out due to boredom. He needs lots of attention so is not best for busy owners. He is very alert, enthusiastic, friendly and playful. He also has an independent nature and still has a tendency to chase small animals. He needs early socialization and training to control this.

The Poodle

The Poodle was bred to be a retriever or hunter of waterfowl in Germany and then was adapted somewhat more in France and bred smaller to make companions for ladies that they could carry around. There are three sizes, and all are classed as Poodles they are not separate breeds just different sizes. They are toy, miniature and standard.

They are thought to be one of the most clever dogs today but can be sensitive sometimes and do not do well left alone. They train easily however and make great family pets or companions for single owners.


The Wire-Poo is an affectionate and friendly, out-going and playful dog. She is intelligent, energetic but quite demanding as she will need lots of attention. She can be a good dog for a family, couple or single as long as they can give her enough stimulation. She is not aggressive and has a great personality. Usually she is even tempered but she can be destructive if left alone for long periods and she can sometimes get a little aggressive in her play.

What does the Wire-Poo look like

She is a medium sized dog weighing between 20 to 40 pounds and standing up to 15 inches tall. She has a medium to long coat that can be wavy or curly and soft. Colors can include cream, black, white, tan and browns. Her body is lean and thin but solid, her muzzle is narrow and a little long with a usually black nose.

Training and Exercise Needs

How active does the Wire-Poo need to be?

She is quite an active dog, full of energy and needs physical and mental challenges to keep her busy and happy. She is not suited for busy owners. She can adapt to apartment living with enough indoor play and outside walks, trips to the dog park and so on. Access to a high fenced yard would be a bonus though as a place for her to play in.

Does she train quickly?

She is intelligent and enthusiastic and loves to spend time with her owner. Most of the time she is easy to train as long as positive techniques are used. Be firm and consistent, offer her treats and praise as motivation and rewards. Sometimes she will try to be dominant especially if the Fox Terrier is strong in her but do not let her win. Early socialization and training are important to keep her well rounded and to make a happier and healthier pet.

Living with a Wire-Poo

How much grooming is needed?

She does not shed much so if you do not want to be cleaning up after your dog this may be the one for you. She has both parents who are hypoallergenic so she is too. Brush her daily to take care of tangles and debris and keep her coat looking healthy. Give her a bath just as she needs one using only a mild dog shampoo as otherwise it can damage the oils in her skin. Clean and check her ears once a week and brush her teeth at least three times a week. Her nails will need clipping when they get too long. If you know how to do this safely then you can take care of it yourself, however you may want a professional to do it to avoid hurting your dog. She may also need her coat professionally taken care of on a regular basis.

What is she like with children and other animals?

The Wire-Poo is good with children when she gets the early socialization and training that is important. She can be playful and loving towards them and is especially good with them when she has been raised with them. She can get along with other dogs and other pets but she has strong hunting instincts and those can come out with smaller animals.

General information

She barks rarely and is not always reliable on barking if an intruder enters the home. She needs 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of dry dog food a day divided into at least two meals. She can handle most climates very well.

Health Concerns

To avoid getting a dog who inherits health issues from her parents ask to see parental health clearances before buying. Issues she is at risk of include Addisons, Cushings, Von Willebrands, Legg-Perthes, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, Bloat, Skin Problems, Eye problems, Deafness, Patellar Luxation and Hip dysplasia. Also visit the puppy before buying to see where she was bred, the conditions she was kept in and the health of other animals there.

Costs involved in owning a Wire-Poo

A Wire-Poo puppy could cost between $250 to $1350. Other costs include chipping, spaying, collar and leash, crate, carrier, blood tests, shots and deworming which comes to about $455 to $500. Annual basic medical costs for check ups, pet insurance, flea prevention and shots come to $460 to $560. Annual non-medical costs for essentials like training, license, grooming, food, treats and toys come to between $675 to $775.


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The Wire-Poo is a great dog for allergy sufferers or people who live in apartments but she needs owners who can commit to devoting time to her. She also needs early socialization and training and regular exercise. She is a loveable and outgoing dog who could be the perfect family dog or companion with the right people.

Featured Image Credit: Left – everydoghasastory, Shutterstock; Right – Kozlik, Shutterstock

Nicole Cosgrove

Nicole is the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese cat and Rosa, a New Zealand Huntaway. A Canadian expat, Nicole now lives on a lush forest property with her Kiwi husband in New Zealand. She has a strong love for all animals of all shapes and sizes (and particularly loves a good interspecies friendship) and wants to share her animal knowledge and other experts' knowledge with pet lovers across the globe.