A Brief History

The Wire Haired Fox Terrier

The Wire haired Fox Terrier, as the name implies, was bred to assist in the pursuit of foxes. It is believed to be descended from the black and tan working terrier, a now-extinct breed that originated in Wales and the northern regions of England.

The word Terrier comes from Terrafirma  to describe dogs that will pursue and fight prey under the ground.

Terrier dog breeds are among the most ancient, having been spotted and written about at the time of the Roman invasion of England.

Until 1984, the Wire hair Fox Terrier was coupled with the Smooth Fox Terrier under one breed, with two varieties, the apparent difference between the two, is the coat, though some experts believe they also differ in their ancestry.

Both are undeniably a very handsome dogs with a great deal of personality and zeal about their demeanour. The Wire Haired Fox Terriers popularity has been endorsed many times over by being chosen the top dog more than any other breed at many prestigious Dog Shows.

Appearance: Height: Up to 16.5 inches Weight: 16-18 lbs.

Colour variations: Mainly white with black, tan, or White with Tan markings, this colour variance is called a Ginger.

Here is a visual of what the breed is really like.

“Paddy,” was the real life wire-haired Fox Terrier who played “Wilson” in the Lotto ads. He was owned by an older person who couldn’t look after him anymore after hip surgery, and that’s when animal trainers, Caroline Girdlestone and James Delaney, found him in Auckland. What a journey “Paddy” had!

To make the Lotto ad, travel was involved, and India was chosen as the perfect destination for the journey. “Paddy” had air conditioned quarters in five-star hotel luxury,  and was kept well-watered with his own on-set hydration mixture. It almost didn’t happen, however. Taking “Paddy” to India would have meant a year of quarantine before he could come back. “You just can’t do that to a dog. We’re Lotto – that’s not the fairytale ending we want,” said Wendy Rayner, New Zealand’s head of Lottery’s marketing.  The Lotto team was going to have to find “Paddy” a new home in India. It seemed an impossible goal, but Lotteries chief executive at the time told the marketing team that his best man lived in Bangalore with his wife and three sons. Might this be “Paddy’s” new home?

After filming finished “Paddy” was escorted to Bangalore by his trainers and took to his new home (he got his very own maid). The Lotteries team was routinely sent pictures of “Paddy” who settled in and seemed very happy!

As an aside, the recipient of the winning lottery ticket at the end of the commercial is Michael Self, a teacher and South Taranaki District councillor who was already well known in Manaia. When the commercials aired, he was often stopped in the streets in Auckland and Wellington and asked, “Where’s the dog?”