The Smooth Fox terrier is small but energetic dog, a perfect house pet and companion. This entertainer dog is perfect clown when among its family. The dog is bold, playful, inquisitive and alert. It loves adventures; speedy chaser of foxes and other games, this breed holds strong sensitivity for odd smells and sounds; being alert yet protective, this terrier is very suspicious of strangers and would alarm the owner for any unauthorized entry. Independent and self-confident, they are aggressive to other dogs and cats. Sociable but requires stringent efforts in training; many of them bark a lot and dig.
This small but sturdy dog is square-proportioned, healthy and versatile terrier appears standing high over ground with short back. The power pack of energy, this smart breed embraces high speed, stamina and strength. The Smooth Fox Terrier is equally able to gallop and remain paced up with horses and hounds. The breed is comfortable while transiting through dense forests and bushes to penetrate through in chase of quarries. The flexible hindquarters play vital role while trotting that is what the elegant and alert gait is adopted by this breed. Its outer coat is clean, hard and dense while fine and short undercoat. Like the keen attitude, the expressions are alert with proud carriage and graceful appearance.
This old breed of dog dates beyond 1800s and was well popular before the start of dog shows. The ancestors of Smooth Fox Terrier are not well known till to date, none of the written documents are held with history in support of this mystery. However, early uses include hunting and bolting of foxes out of their shelters. The dog had accompanied Foxhounds to hunt quarries; the Smooth terriers were more preferred due to their ability to work in low light levels. Some may confuse of Wire Fox terriers but the breed is totally distinct and holds different backgrounds of development. The Smooth Fox Terriers may be derived from Black and Tan, Bull Terriers and possibly Greyhounds and Beagle. The breed is distinguished for being amongst the first dogs presented in dog shows. The Smooth Fox Terrier was officially distinguished as separate breed and was registered with AKC in 1985. The breed is warmth companion and hunter with high spirits.
Smart and brave, the Smooth Fox Terrier is lovable and cheerful companion; an energetic playmate of children, lively entertainer amongst family members, the dog is very devoted and loyal breed. Eager to remain under the attentions Smooth terriers have great concerns towards security of its human family. The breed is aggressive to dogs and cats besides curious and inquisitive to strangers. The trait of suspiciousness is helpful in forming perfect watchdog. The affordability with other pets depends upon degree of socialization and familiarization at very early stage.
The breed, being hunter by nature, this dog would pose prominent threat to non-canine pets including rabbits, hamsters and birds. Placing such animals in separate place will ensure peace in the house. The Smooth Fox Terriers tend to chase its quarries too. Keep the dog leashed or in closed boundary to avoid escapism and unwanted adventures. The dog holds strong bonding with family and will suffer separation anxiety if placed alone for very long times. The breed also requires a strong handler, owner should act as the leader of the pack, do not let the Smooth Terrier to think of being Alpha dog.
To suppress puppyhood behavioral problems like destructive digging, extensive barking, jealousy, dog and cat aggression, willfulness, snapping, growling, biting, untrustworthiness and disobedience are to be addressed at early ages. Commence socialization from their puppyhood and introduce with all pets, bringing up all pets together is the best planning to maintain friendly atmosphere at home.
The activity list for Smooth Fox Terrier is large; the breed would need extensive exercises for its physical and mental stimulation. It is eager to be involved in vigorous games, it loves to run and walk besides digging a lot. The breed can survive in cold climate outdoors, yet domesticated for indoors family life. It performs better at home while in the middle of attentions. Average in shedding and moderate in grooming requirements, they would be satisfyingly comfortable with occasional brushing.
Owner Should Know
Smooth Fox Terriers are hard in socialization training. They need strong handler and early familiarization with other pets.
The breed is extensive barker that is challenging to support in compartment livings.
Strong prey drive and chasing instinct would tempt the dog to wander away. Keep the dog leashed or place in fenced yard when not supervising.
Smart dog possesses high energies, thus requires an extensive spell of exercises for approximately one hour daily. The playful activities in yard, long walks, running and swimming would satisfy them for their physical stimulation.
The breed is affectionate to children but aggressive to other dogs and curious to strangers. They would form perfect watchdogs.
Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.