Smooth Fox Terrier
The Smooth Fox Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
The Smooth Fox Terrier emerged in England, possibly as far back as the 18th century and was developed to go to ground to bolt foxes from their hiding places. Up until 1984, the Smooth Fox Terrier and Fox Terrier Wire were considered to be one breed. However, evidence now shows that the breeds came from very different sources. The Smooth Fox Terrier most likely descended from the smooth coated Black-and-Tan Terrier, Bull Terrier, Greyhound and Beagle whereas the Fox Terrier Wire counts the rough coated Black-and-Tan Terrier as their ancestor.
The Smooth Fox Terrier weighs 15 to 23 pounds and measures 15.5 to 18 inches.
The Smooth Fox Terrier has a short, sleek and thick coat that sheds moderately throughout the year. The Smooth Fox Terrier should be brushed twice a week and bathed occasionally. Like all dogs, the Smooth Fox Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Smooth Fox Ferrier is active and clownish.
The Smooth Fox Terrier has a bold, outgoing personality and loves to be the center of attention. The Smooth Fox Terrier is always on the go, playing with toys or running around the house. They have a mischievous streak and a zest for life.
The Smooth Fox Terrier thrives on affection from their family and is quite loyal to them. The Smooth Fox Terrier makes a great watchdog and will bark when anything or anyone appears to be a threat to their family or home. However, the Smooth Fox Terrier is not aggressive, only protective. Once they get to know someone, they are typically quite friendly and welcoming.
Although they have a bit of stubborn streak, the Smooth Fox Terrier is easily trainable. The Smooth Fox Terrier responds best to consistency and a firm, but kind leader. Even with the best training, however, the Smooth Fox Terrier may never break certain habits – namely digging, barking and chasing – that many terrier breeds retain.
As part of their training, the Smooth Fox Terrier also needs early socialization. They tend to be dominant and bossy with other dogs if not well socialized.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is highly energetic and loves a good workout. The Smooth Fox Terrier should have a long daily walk as well as regular time outside in a secure area to romp, play and chase balls. They also do well as jogging and swimming companions.