Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): SFT
The Fox Terriers were developed in England and Wales to pursue and dig foxes and rats right out of their burrows-- a task that demanded energy and courage. For years, the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier were recognized as the same breed, so it isn't any great surprise that they have a similar personality. This active, scrappy dog demands lots of outdoor exercise, but keep it on a leash because it will be unable to resist giving chase to smaller animals. They like to dig. Be prepared to provide lots of interesting activities to keep this dog busy, or it could become quite destructive. Not for the owner who is devoted to the pursuit of the perfect lawn.
In the 1980s, the American Kennel Club (AKC) formally recognized the split in Fox Terrier into the two breeds, Wire and Smooth.
Appearance / health:
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a small terrier and very much like the Wire Fox Terrier except the coat. They have a flat, tapering, narrow skull. Eyes are small deep set and bear lively expression. The triangular ears fold forward. Tail is carried well on the back and is straight or slightly curved.
Smooth Fox Terriers are average shedders and need minimal coat care. Regular brushing with a firm brush stimulates coat growth and removes dead hair. They, however, shed heavily twice a year during seasonal shedding and need more care during the period. They may be bathed only when necessary. Teeth and nails need regular attention.
Smooth Fox Terriers are energy powerhouses but require moderate exercise in the form of a daily long walk. They make good jogging companions.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a hardy breed and does not suffer from many health problems. The ailments generally tend to be individual and not breed-specific.
Behavior / temperament:
Smooth Fox Terriers are energetic, willful, and scrappy. They require lot of activity to vent their energy. They are very curious and are quick to escape in search of adventure. They also have a protective instinct and need to be thoroughly socialized to prevent them from resorting to defensive biting.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is intelligent and is fast at learning tricks. They are, however, self willed and dominating which could make training difficult. They require firm, consistent, and ongoing training.
Smooth Fox Terriers are very watchful and bark at every new sight and sound. They have a high-pitched bark. They bark excessively is not provided with an opportunity to vent their energy. They need to be trained against excessive barking.
play play, time outdoors, enthusiasm, alert little dog, big personality, sweet nature
fence, garden, bark wise, excess energy, separation anxiety issue
Smooth Fox Terrier are great companions
I have had a great experience with my smooth fox terrier. He is the perfect size (20 lbs) for traveling and accompanying me on all of the outdoor adventures I like to do. He travels well in the car and fits into a backpack if need be. He was really stubborn as a puppy and was difficult to train at first but with patience and consistency he has responded well to our home training. He now at 2 years is fully potty trained (it took just over 1 year). He comes when we call him and he gets along well with other dogs. He does have a lot of energy and needs a lot of space to run and play. Its perfect for my lifestyle. We have 2 terriers and they are great friends. Teo, the older one (9 years) was essential in helping us to train our pup. It was great to have him as an example, especially for potty training and following commands. They are both in fact very stubborn so patience is key. I couldn't imagine our lives without them. They have become like our children. Independent and relaxed but also very cuddly and involved in our everyday lives. We are moving from Peru to USA and they are coming with us. I couldn't stand to leave them behind! They are easy to travel with and not to pricey because of their size and weight. Convenient for those on the move. This breed is very intelligent and with consistency and persistence learn all commands and tricks! Very intuitive and emotional. I highly recommend this pup!.
From hayward269 Aug 11 2015 1:44PM
Great for dogs with arthritis
As dogs get older they can develop arthritis and it can make it a little harder to get around. These are great at providing extra support and comfort to your dog when they are lying down on the floor. This will give them something to lay on besides the floor. It can also provide extra support when they go to get up as well. The only downside, is they have to use it in order to benefit from it! If they don't really sleep on dog beds, buying this might be a waste of money unfortunately. But it is definitely worth a try!! The price can vary according to size and brand. There are many different brand options out there for you to choose from. Id recommend shopping around and looking at the reviews on which one would be the best fit for your pup..
From Tabitha Wickett 67 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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