Wire-haired fox terrier was first shown in 1869. Ten years later the standard for the breed was set by the Fox Terrier Club of England, and was adopted by the American Fox Terrier Club in 1885. The average height is about 15 1/2 inches. Average weight is 18 pounds. Terriers are very lively, untiring dogs. They were originally used to force foxes and rodents out of their underground homes. Today they are extremely popular, both as a show dog and pet.