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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
Be a tree!
This technique was taught in puppy class to stop dogs from jumping up. When you come home, do not greet your dog excitedly, as this will only make them want to jump up more. If your dog already jumps up, simply turn away from him, fold your arms and look up (be a tree). This way your dog sees that his behaviour is causing something he loves very much (your attention) to be taken away from him. Only greet and pet your dog when all 4 paws are on the ground. .
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