Schipperke vs Wire Fox Terrier

Compare the Schipperke to the Wire Fox Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Schipperkes 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 Schipperke is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Schipperke and Wire Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - The Schipperke is easy to groom while the Wire Fox Terrier has moderate grooming needs.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Schipperke has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Schipperke vs Wire Fox Terrier
Adult Schipperke
White & Black Wire Fox Terrier
Breed NameSchipperkeWire Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoYes
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Height10-13 in.14-15 in.
Weight11-18 lb15-19 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryBelgiumUnited Kingdom
Origin Year1880 AD1876 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Stubborn
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardYesYes
Medium YardNoYes
Large YardNoYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 75°F40°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsVery OftenOften
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighMedium
Top Running Speed16 mph24 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLow-MediumLow
SheddingLow-MediumNone-Low
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNone-LowNone

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 NameSchipperkeWire Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesNo
IndependentNoYes
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoYes
AverageNoNo
Focused & PatientYesNo
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageAverage
ChasingAverageHigh
Follow CommandsVery LowAverage
FightingBelow AverageAverage
GuardingAverageAverage
HerdingHighAverage
HuntingBelow AverageHigh
ProtectionAverageAverage
Remove VerminBelow AverageHigh
SleddingVery LowBelow Average
WatchHighAverage
Health Comparison
Breed NameSchipperkeWire Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan12-15 yrs.10-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
ArthritisNoYes
DeafnessNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Eye ProblemsNoYes
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameSchipperkeWire Fox Terrier
Coat
FurYesNo
HairYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Wire CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
WoolyYesNo
StraightYesNo
RoughNoYes
Coat Length(s)
MediumYesYes
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
BlueYesNo
BrownYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
CreamYesNo
GoldYesNo
IvoryYesNo
RedYesNo
WheatenYesNo
WhiteYesYes
LiverNoYes
Slate BlueNoYes
White & BlackNoYes
White & GingerNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes