Famous Dog Breed in Tintin Faces "Possible Extinction" Due to "Snowy"

Only 281 wire fox terriers have been registered by the UK Kennel Club as of 2023, which is quite concerning due to shifting dog trends.

An expert has warned of the potential extinction of the wire fox terrier

 a breed of dog made popular by Snowy in Hergé's iconic "Tintin" series of graphic novels, as their numbers are sharply declining throughout the United Kingdom.

The wire fox terrier that we know and love today "took shape in the late 1700s, during the heyday of British fox hunts," according to the American Kennel Club

But in modern times, terriers are regarded as both "master show dogs" and "delightful" family companions. 

With an average weight of 16 to 18 pounds, wire fox terriers are intelligent, athletic, and affectionate. 

The dogs are renowned to bring a lot of personality to the house and have a lifespan of up to 12 or 15 years.

The breed reached its peak of popularity in the 1940s thanks to the immense popularity of "Tintin,"

8,000 wire fox terriers were registered with the U.K. Kennel Club annually in that same year.

However, due to changing canine trends, the U.K. Kennel Club has only registered 281 wire fox terriers as of this writing in 2023, which is 21% fewer than at this time last year.

Written by Betty D July 23, 2020