The Smooth Fox Terrier is the most classic and known of the English Terriers; it is an active and cheerful dog, which has a great physical structure with a compact body, without being heavy or rough. It must not have long or short limbs. It is an excellent fox hunter, and that is where its name comes from. It should have a firm and determined personality, lively and attentive. For many years, it has been the dog for long walks with horses.
There are two varieties: the Smooth Fox Terrier or the Wire Fox Terrier.
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The Fox Terrier is one the oldest Terrier breeds. It is known that during the XVI century this dog had been already introduced in the United Kingdom, but it wasn’t until the XVIII century (1876) when the Smooth Fox Terrier Standard (which was shared with the Wire Fox Terrier until the XX century) was established. This breed was created because of the crossbreeding between the different types of Terriers, especially with Black and Tan Terriers and with Bull Terrier, Foxhound, Beagle, Dachshund and Greyhound specimens afterwards. This breed was already known during the XVIII century. It was first presented in 1862, during the National Canine Exhibition in Birmingham, England, and was the first Terrier breed which was accepted by the Kennel Club in 1875.
Height bitch: 33~38 cm / Height male: 36~41 cm
Weight bitch: 6~8 kg / Weight male: 7~9 kg
The Fox Terrier has a strong, robust and compact structure which allows it to go on high speeds, to have a great resistance and a lot of courage. The head is very long, the denture is well developed, which allows a strong and secure fastening, and the snout allows a good sense of smell. V-Shaped small ears are placed above the cheeks. The tail must be amputated, ending up with 1/4 of its total large.
The coat is straight, thick, abundant and white with black or tan markings.
The coat must be totally white, with some black, tan or black and tan markings.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a clean, restless, with a lot of attitude and barking dog. This is a confident dog and during a fight, it is indifferent to pain and blows. It is also a good guardian and an excellent companion dog for children.
Because its personality, the Fox Terrier is a lively, intelligent and amusing breed. Like most breeds, the owner must pay attention on its education because of its hunting instinct and size. These dogs tend to have a friendly and playful behavior both with dogs and people.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is easy to take care of and does not demand a lot of attention. The owner must pay attention to the cleaning and brushing of the coat, cutting their nails and denture cleaning, to prevent the plaque and infection development.
To avoid this dog becoming anxious and grumpy, it needs a garden where it can vent. Regarding to training, the owner or trainer must be firm and constant.
Although this is one of the healthiest breeds genetically, their specimens may suffer well-known Health problems, such as deafness, eye disorders (cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy, Distichia) and bone anomalies (shoulder dislocation and damage of the head of the femur).In some cases they may endure some kinds of epilepsy and goiter (thyroid tumour).
Generally, the average lifespan for this breed is from 12 to 15 years. Some specimens have reached to live 19 years.
You can download the FCI (International Cinological Federation) standard at the following link: http://www.fci.be/Nomenclature/Standards/012g03-en.pdf