Basenji vs Wire Fox Terrier

Compare the Basenji to the Wire Fox Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Basenjis and Wire Fox Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Basenji is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Basenji and Wire Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Basenji is easy to groom while the Wire Fox Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - The Wire Fox Terrier has an above-average tendency to bark, while the Basenji has a low tendency to bark.
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Basenji vs Wire Fox Terrier
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White & Black Wire Fox Terrier
Breed NameBasenjiWire Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicYesYes
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height16-18 in.14-15 in.
Weight20-24 lb15-19 lb
IntelligenceAverageHigh
History
Origin CountryCongoUnited Kingdom
Origin Year2 BC1876 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyVery GoodGood
Stranger FriendlyVery GoodGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Stubborn
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹60°F to 85°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed26 mph24 mph
StrengthMediumHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow
SheddingLowNone-Low
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountLowNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiWire Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackNoNo
IndependentYesYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyYesYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientNoNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsAverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingBelow AverageAverage
HerdingBelow AverageAverage
HuntingHighHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminAverageHigh
SleddingBelow AverageBelow Average
WatchAverageAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiWire Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ArthritisNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBasenjiWire Fox Terrier
Coat
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatYesNo
Double CoatNoYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesNo
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Black, Tan, & WhiteYesNo
Blue, Cream & WhiteYesNo
Brindle & WhiteYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
Mahogany & WhiteYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
Sable & WhiteYesNo
LiverNoYes
Slate BlueNoYes
WhiteNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & GingerNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes