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Great Names for Wire Hair Fox Terrier Dogs

Penelope is retired, but teaches English in Rome. She is a published feature writer, playwright and poet. She loves local Italian customs.

What Are the Best Names for a Wire Hair Fox Terrier?

The Wire Hair Fox Terrier is a noble creature indeed—and a scalawag of a doggy! It is a small but feisty guard dog with a don't-mess-with-me growl, so the best name for this dog would be something eccentric, wild and cheeky.

This name article is an unapologetic tribute to this splendid "friend of man." The great names on this list suit and celebrate the incorrigibly bright and energetic character of this dog breed.

How to Choose the Perfect Name

When choosing a name, pick something that fits the dog's personality. This breed has a feisty character and is a don't-beat-about-the-bush sort of friend. Actually, it is a beat-about-the-bush sort of friend. Throw a ball and it will thank you by disappearing (around the bush). It is the dog's way of letting you know how happy it is to be your friend. The reward is the dog's happiness. Get it?

The Wire Hair Fox terrier also has a completely independent nature—eccentric with a superb dog imagination. (In another life, this breed of dog was most likely a playwright, painter, or character TV actor/actress.) This breed is most suited to short, important, proud and artistic names, such as the following suggestions on this list.

Best Male and Female Names for a Wire Hair Fox Terrier



Zar Zar







The Wire Hair Fox Terrier's History

This breed is said to have come about in 17th-century Britain from a now-extinct rough-coated Welsh Terrier. The countryside until then had been filled with pests and vermin; the farmers needed a dog that could help get rid of them. This Fox Terrier would search the pests down (and out of their burrows) by scratching, digging and barking relentlessly until the huntsmen or farmers arrived to shoot them.

Though their ancient roots are connected to working and being useful, they have royal historical origins as well. When Queen Victoria was on the throne of Great Britain, she is said to have chosen a Wire Hair Fox Terrier as her pet.

Her son, Edward Vll, also had a Wire Hair Fox Terrier, which he called Caesar. Legend has it that his faithful dog accompanied his coffin to the grave. A more powerful name could not have been chosen for such a worthy dog.

Powerful Regal Names





Boadicea (Bo)


Gweneviere (Gwen)

This Breed's Unique Character

This breed is unsentimental and faithful to its marrow (and the marrow of any bones it can find). These dogs dig holes where they shouldn't. They're incorrigible when they should be behaving properly—afternoon tea in the garden is not their cup of tea, but the rabbit in the garden shed is.

They don't suffer fools lightly. Although they make wonderful family pets and love children (and children's toys), they are not for the human who likes a subservient, cuddly sort of animal.

They would be in seventh heaven on the back seat of your car with the back window open, head out in the wind, Metallica beating full blast from the speakers. They would hurtle over a cliff for a ball (or a baby) and survive, no matter how steep the cliff (and we know this for sure). Bravery is their middle name.

Fun Names











La Fey













Wire Hair Fox Terriers in Fiction

Asta: The dog in The Thin Man movie (Myrna Loy's most famous dog).

Snowy (Milou): Tin Tin's companion.

Wessex: The name of author Thomas Hardy's pet.

Names Based on Heroes and Heroines


Indiana (from Indiana Jones)

Helen (Helen of Troy)


Scarlett (O'Hara)

Abe (Lincoln)

Amelia (Earhart)

British Names












Welsh Names








Questions & Answers

Question: What do you think about Kingsley as a name for a wire hair fox terrier?

Answer: I think it is a magnificent name!

Question: What do you think about the name of Mason for my male Wirehaired fox terrier?

Answer: I think it is just perfect! Wishing you and Mason the happiest relationship.

Question: What do you think about Jimmy as a name for a male Wire Fox Terrier?

Answer: Jimmy is such an energetic sounding name, so lively, of course it’s great for an energetic, lively Wire Fox Terrier. I think it’s a name that will age well with him.

© 2012 Penelope Hart


Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on October 14, 2020:

Thanks so much for very important correction!

Larry Ludwig on August 11, 2020:

Asta was a male dog, featured in all 6 of the "Thin Man" movies with William Powell and Myrna Loy, so not exactly a "Good" name for a male WFT.... which is the name of all 5 WFT I have had since 1981

Norm on April 06, 2018:

I named my wire fox terrier Brigadoon. She lived for 13 1/2 years and has been gone for over 40 years but I still miss her.

DrMaedgen on January 03, 2017:

I have a 14 year old rescue full breed, healhty Wire fox Terrier, who lost his best buddy, LakeLand terrier Dave..They got along famously, although toward the end, Dave was a tad bipolar. So after 4 years, I found a breeder in NC and got into the process of getting at or toward the "pick of the litter". The mother WFT champion had 5 boys, no girls and Beau looked probably the most like Brandon...As Beau developed toward his 8 week shots and ability to travel, I did have a moment of "OMG, i just picked an Alpha dog and Dave was an alpha dog and I dont thing

Bran is going to like his xmas present...I told Bran I found and bought him a little brother at Xmas Eve...He seemed excited..When we picked up Beau at the DFW airport, Bran sniffed Beau's freight crate, and Bran smelled a rat...LOL..He had been snookered!! And he pouted the whole way home...Beau, from 5 boys was so excited to have an older brother..Beau would wanna play, drag Bran backwards by his tail, watching Bran not respond in kind was quite a site.. The first nite Beau was able to climb into Bran and my platform bed, Bran instantly got up, head butted Beau sailing off the bed, and Bran glared at Beau and let it be known, Beau had gotten into the house, but not into our bed yet...Beau just had his 3rd birthday and Bran isn't fawning over him but they get along just fine...On names, I had my heart determined I would name Beau, Beau...Only later did i read the fine book by the Monks of New Skeete, and realized naming rules included "don't name your dog anything that rhymes with "NO!" Cause they will get confused as a puppy, and maybe act neurotic since they cannot discernment easily "Beau" and "NO1". We kept the name Beau but switched the command to STOP,instead of NO and that seemed to work...Beau almost got WFT names of WFT I had grown up with: Alamo, and MrSmith/Smitty, both of which I think are perfect names for WFT...Smart as a whip, determined almost to a fault, a little head strong, but minor in head strong compared to LakeLand terriers..Oh my, For LakeLands there is only one way, their way or their other way..

HolmeDiggs on June 29, 2015:

Picking up the new main man on Wednesday. Our second. Cannot wait. Great article. Thanks!

daisy belcher on December 13, 2014:

My aunties puppy is a wire fox terrier her name is Skye Pandora Skye for short!

She is only a pup but she is about half a year she is cute and loves and I mean LOVES to play she loves squeaky toys and tennis balls!

She is so cute and loves being stroked and cuddled!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 25, 2013:

Good! What name have you thought of choosing? So curious.

Buckie on August 23, 2013:

This could not poilbssy have been more helpful!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on January 14, 2013:

So sorry it's taken me so long to reply. Happy life with your new Scottish Terrier! ( I'm having internet problems.) Anyway I love McBeal. Many thanks for sharing here, appreciated.

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on January 13, 2013:

I started out looking at your hub about doll names, Penelope, and found the link to great pet names. I am getting ready to adopt an adorable, black female Scottish Terrier from a vet who rescued her from a puppy mill. Several of the names here are on my list! I have a preference for unisex names, such as McCartney, Arrow, Rae, McBeal, Payton, Abu (as in Dhabi), or Rudy. I love "Asta" and "Zar Zar". Thank you, GoodLady, and your Archie is too cute for words.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 09, 2012:

Wondering what type of dog Toffee was - nice name. Years ago I had a Bassett Hound called Duffee. Certain dogs really need to have a certain sort of name! Thanks.

Om Paramapoonya on August 09, 2012:

Lots of great suggestions here! I like "Zar Zar" and "Toffee" (I had a dog named Coffee!). Your Archie is so adorable, by the way. I enjoyed the video :)

Linda Chechar from Arizona on August 09, 2012:

Thanks, Goodlady! Supo will be very happy to hear that!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 09, 2012:

I think Supo is a name that probably will go down in history!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on August 09, 2012:

Her name is completely unconventional and nonsensical. We named her "Supo", in honor of our dearly departed Sheltie, "Opus". We simply reversed the letters and that's how the name "Supo" came to be. It won't go down in history as a great dog name, but it certainly is a conversation starter! :)

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 09, 2012:

An adorable Cairn terrier (Scottish!), what name? So pleased you popped in and like the names. Thanks for comment!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on August 08, 2012:

OMG! Archie is the cutest! I have always so admired the breed -- ever since I watched my first "Thin Man" movie as a young girl! Your name suggestions are great. I thoroughly enjoyed this Hub!! BTW, I'm mom to a Cairn terrier.

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 08, 2012:

Hi proud owner of Poppy the wonder dog..who on earth would ever change a wonderful dog like this one? Thanks for dropping in. x

Alison on August 08, 2012:

What a lovely article and being the proud owner of Poppy (the wonder dog) a 4 year old fox terrier I recognise all the raits you describe nonetheless I wouldn't change her for another. In fact I would very much love another:-) xx

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 03, 2012:

What a pleasurable comment, thank you. Warm regards to you Lady Enchantee.

Lady Enchantee from My Enchanted Garden on August 03, 2012:

Blessed be, GoodLady.

Thank you for this educational, adorable hub! It was so terribly interesting & just made me smile, as I began to appreciate the Wire Haired Terrier breed even more. Your writing is so much fun to read, dear!

Warm regards...Lady Enchantee

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 03, 2012:

Nice note! Appreciate it. Thanks.

Apples and Pears on August 03, 2012:

I just love the breed but you have to understand them....terrier is derived from the Latin 'earth'...and that is what they are covered in most of the time....and if they were a piece of Blackpool Rock they would have CHARACTER written all the way through!

Judi Brown from UK on August 03, 2012:

I'm afraid thinking is as far as I will get - unless I can get a job that allows me to work from home full-time - because two dogs would be too much for my husband to cope with all day (he does work from home)! So, better write some more and make lots of money, then I can get myself a Hugh!

Penelope Hart (author) from Rome, Italy on August 03, 2012:

Incredible that you are thinking of getting a Wire Haired Fox Terrier. They are wonderful characters. Hugh is perfect (and on the list somewhere I think isn't he?). Thanks for sharing!

Judi Brown from UK on August 03, 2012:

I have quite a hankering after a Wire Haired Fox Terrier - I've heard that they do well with Airedales too, so perfect for my girl (Emmy Lou). We met one a couple of weeks ago and his name was ... Archie! I have chosen a name - Hugh - but just need to persuade my husband - it could take a while!

Lovely hub and Archie is a delight - sharing for sure.