Wirehaired dog breeds have a coat that is unmistakable. It has a rough, wiry feel. Grooming them requires time and patience, especially if you choose to hand strip the coat. Additionally, routine brushing and combing is required to keep mats and tangles at bay. The amount of time you spend may depend on if you have a small or medium-sized wire breed.
Standard and Miniature Dachshund
The smaller version of the standard dachshund is the miniature. While the standard wirehaired dachshund averages between 16 and 32 pounds, the miniature maxes out around 11 pounds when fully grown, according to the American Kennel Club. The standard stays small only reaching around 18 inches at adulthood. However, the mini is tops out around 14 inches tall.
The fox terrier is a small breed that naturally has two hair types: smooth and wire. Although considered small, the fox terrier is known for his boundless energy. The wirehaired fox terrier grows up to 15 and 1/2 inches tall at adulthood at which time his weight generally tops out around 16 to 18 pounds.
The Scottish terrier, or Scottie, is a small breed with a harsh, wiry coat. Reaching only 11 inches tall at adulthood makes them one of the smallest terrier breeds. The Scottie’s weight generally reaches a maximum around 23 pounds. The Scottie’s short legs and long nose make him look even smaller than other wirehaired breeds.
Medium Wirehaired Breeds
Three sporty breeds of wirehaired dogs are considered medium sized and reach up to 24 inches in height when fully grown. These breeds include the wirehaired pointing griffon, wirehaired vizsla and German wirehaired pointer. Each one tops out around 50 pounds when fully grown; with the German pointer sometimes making it up to 70 pounds.