Smooth Fox Terrier
Light-Hearted And Eager To Please!
The Smooth Fox Terrier was bred to run with the hounds and horsemen on fox hunts. Its job was
to pursue the fox both above and below ground until he was able to successfully bolt it out
of the den.
This breed, which some describe as clownish in a fun way, not surprisingly has also been known for their entertaining abilities as circus performers, and some still are today.
Originating in England, the breed is a fairly old one as evidenced by an early painting from 1790 depicting its likeness!
Other breeds thought to be instrumental in its
development include the smooth-coated Black and Tan Terrier, the Beagle, the Greyhound,
the Bull Terrier and the English White Terrier (now extinct).
Well-balanced and athletic in appearance, this canine epitomizes the image
of a dog. Some might be familiar with the vintage RCA trademark picture of the Smooth Fox, shown below, as the dog
listening to "His Master's Voice" through a gramophone. Wow, technology has come a long way!
Appearance, and Coat Care
The Smooth Fox Terrier stands 15.5 inches in height and weighs
between 16-18 lbs, with coat colors mostly white or all white and often with tan or black
The coat is smooth in appearance and abundant. Its texture is hard and it lies flat. Shedding
is moderate, but brushing is needed to remove loose hair. Rubbing down with a chamois cloth will keep
the coat glossy.
Grooming also includes attention to ear cleaning
, nail trimming and tooth brushing. The latter being very important to overall health.
This breed has been known to live up to nineteen years, but the range is generally between twelve
to fifteen. It is considered to be a hardy breed and with regular veterinary visits will usually not have a lot of health issues.
Some issues that may be seen include ear problems
, specifically heriditary deafness - mainly associated with the predominantly white-coated variety, epilepsy, eye disorders
such as lens luxation, cataracts, distichiasis, bone related disorders: legg-perthes and patella luxation, and skin allergies
Personality and Traits:
You have to get up pretty early to keep pace with a Smooth Fox Terrier. This is one dog both
quick of mind and body and a barrel of energy. Full of life and very affectionate, they love
to play and are happiest being the center of attention. Don't leave the Fox Terrier alone too
much as they can easily get bored and that often leads to mischief and barking.
This is a fun dog to be around that will keep you entertained. But, don't underestimate this dog based on its size - they are very confident and intelligent dogs and like to be in charge. Owners should firmly
establish themselves as the boss, without being harsh.
After that is understood, these smart guys can learn anything, but it is paramount that they know the rules and who makes the rules! Then the fun can begin!
socialization is important to balance out their tendency to be dog-aggressive.
Their keen alertness makes them useful as watchdogs.
Very active breed that requires a good amount of daily exercise. Any opportunity to run free
in a securely fenced
area is great for them.
Beyond physical exercise, don't overlook the mental needs of this intelligent terrier. This can
be handled with a variety of games and creative training sessions. Agility training is another good option as it requires considerable mental focus.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is adaptable to any accommodations provided sufficient exercise is
given. This terrier has very strong hunting instincts so if you have property, boundaries
should be secure to prevent escape routes.
If you've ever seen these little dogs at a dog show, you may remember that they jump a lot and they can jump really high - almost like they have springs attached to their paws :)
Point being: property fencing should be high
! And because they excel at digging, make sure
fences go beneath ground level!
Good with older considerate children - will happily join in their games, but play should be
supervised at all times by an adult.
Although noted for their loyalty, the Smooth Fox Terrier is most likely too energetic for a
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Reading And Viewing Recommendations:
The Smooth Fox Terrier - A Complete Anthology of the Dog
A compilation and treasure trove of information gathered from books, writings and documents of breed experts. Contains substantial breed
facts and numerous photographs.
Fox Terrier - Comprehensive Owner's Guide
Current resource covering breed history and standard, characteristics and pet attributes, grooming, puppy selection and care, housetraining, feeding and nutrition, and basic obedience training.