Smooth Fox Terrier
(aka: Fox Terrier [Nicknames: Foxie, Smoothie])
Smooth Fox Terrier Description
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a small to medium sized dog with a sturdy build. He has an alert expression. The coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier is short, close fitting, and sleek. Coloring of the coat is white, and has black, tan, or black and tan markings. The Smooth Fox Terrier is around 14-16 inches in height for females, and around 15-17 inches for males. These dogs weigh in at around 15-18 pounds for females and around 18-20 pounds for males.
Full of energy and character, the Smooth Fox Terrier is an alert and inquisitive dog with a real curious streak. These dogs need plenty of exercise, and thrive on play and physical interaction. However, they are agile, fast, and enjoy chasing so it is important that they have a safe and secure area in which to play and exercise when not on a leash. The Smooth Fox Terrier can be stubborn, independent, and wicket in terms of his sense of humor, and is best suited to those with experience of dog ownership who can be assertive and confident. The Smooth Fox Terrier can also be very possessive of his food and belongings, and is often manipulative if he thinks he can get away with it. These dogs are keen diggers, and also like to bark. His bark coupled with his excellent sense of sight and sound makes him an effective watchdog.
Although small in size the Smooth Fox Terrier is not afraid to stand up for himself, or even pick a fight. He can be bossy, quarrelsome, and even aggressive with other dogs of the same size, and will chase smaller animals including cats unless raised with them. These dogs do not like to be treated roughly or pestered, and are best suited to children that are gentle and older. Some will get along fine with strangers, whereas others may be reserved and even wary. Providing he receives consistent training from a confident yet patient owner, and has plenty of interaction and early socialization, the Smooth Fox Terrier can make an entertaining pet and companion.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a low maintenance dog, which is perfect for those that have little time to dedicate to grooming. An occasional brushing of his coat will help to keep it looking sleek and in good condition. These dogs are medium shedders, and his coat does seem to shed all over the place so this is not the right choice of allergy sufferers.
One of the oldest terrier breeds, fox terriers were used to flush foxes by snarling and barking at them until they fled their dens. It is thought they are descended from the crossing of several different kinds of hounds including dachshunds, beagles, English hounds and foxhounds.
Though they are not very common today, the breed is significant since all other terriers in Britain are descended from the smooth foxie. They may be thought of as the missing link between hounds and terriers, possessing the characteristics of both.
Though there are two coat types for fox terriers, they are actually considered different breeds (with observably distinct characteristics) in many kennel clubs such as the American Kennel Club that has made the distinction for over 20 years. Many now believe the two breeds are not closely related at all, with different parent dogs.
The smooth fox terrier is rather intelligent and can be among the most wilfull of dogs. As such, their training is often a matter of butting wills, and you must never let your foxie get the better of you.
It is vitally important you maintain consistency in training. If you want your dog to do something, he or she had better do it - never ever just give up or your fox terrier pup will soon realize you're a pushover and don't have to be listened to.
There should be no reason to holler at your smooth fox terrier. They generally want to please though they loose the ability to hear you or anyone when they're on the trail of prey. Training is best accomplished in this breed when done in a playful manner with positive re-enforcement, rewarding each correct act and simply ignoring the dog when it behaves badly.
Foxies hate to be shunned and turning your back on them, depriving them of attention, is the worst punishment you can dole out, though it's best to not take it too far, since they can become overwrought when they're left alone too long. A dog in this state cannot learn and should be sufficiently calmed down with exercise and attention before training can begin again.
Housebreaking is usually a matter of being very nearby during the process so you or another family member is ready to pick up any sign. Many owners have had good luck with crate training. As long as the crate is the right size and you give a lot of praise and love when they go outside, the process shouldn't be a major problem, since they're very clever dogs that don't have bladder problems.
Giving your dog ample opportunity to do the right thing while minimizing the opportunity to do wrong may seem like you're limiting your foxy's exposure to the world, but it is absolutely necessary if he or she is to be welcome elsewhere.
And socialization from a very early age, especially with other dogs and visitors to your home, is vitally important. As a breed, smooth fox terriers are prone to not getting along with other dogs, so the more dogs you give your pup a chance to meet, the more likely he or she is to accept other dogs and not try to dominate them all. Early training is indispensable in this regard.
The life expectancy of the Smooth Fox Terrier is 12-14 years. Some of the possible health problems to look out for with this breed, include: heart problems, Legg-Perthes, thyroid problems, luxating patella, digestive problems, and seizures. The parents of the Smooth Fox Terrier should have CERF and OFA certificates.