Smooth Fox Terrier

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Is the Smooth Fox Terrier right for you?

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Other name(s): SFT

The basics:
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


walkie, protectiveness

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Smooth Fox Terrier

From hayward269 Aug 11 2015 1:44PM


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