Fox Terrier (Smooth)

Fox Terrier (Smooth) - More information about this breed

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  • Other names Fox Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier
  • Nicknames Foxie, SFT
  • Country of origin England
  • Height Male 14-16 inches (36-41 cm)
  • Height Female 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
  • Weight Male 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg)
  • Weight Female 13-18 pound (6-8 kg)
  • Life Span 13-15 years
  • Litter Size 5 to 7

 

Description

The Smooth Fox Terrier entered the show ring during the mid-19th century, it was recognized as being a distinct breed from the Wire Fox Terrier. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a stylish, smart and elegant dog. The skull is narrow, flat and tapering. The ears are carries forward

They are very elegant, smart and stylish little dogs. This breed has a flat, tapering, narrow skull, and ears that fold forward making “V” shaped flaps. It is bold and energetic. It is an affectionate, cheerful and brave little dog; which makes an excellent family pet.

 

Variants

There is even a third breed, next to the smooth and the wired, this is the American Toy Terrier of Amertoy. The wirehaired Fox has a wiry white coat with brown or black

spots. The Toy Fox Terrier is smaller in size, but has the character and passion of its

Fox Terrier ancestors.

 

Temparament

The Smooth Fox Terrier’s historic profession is fox bolting. A fox bolting dog will accompany a pack of foxhounds and “bolt” after foxes, driving them out from their hiding spots and into the line of sight of the larger dogs and men on horses. Smooth Fox Terriers with white coats were less likely to be mistaken for the fox in close combat situations, and were therefore more highly prized.

 

Health Issues

The breed is genetically quite healthy. Some known health problems are deafness, luxating patellas and a variety of eye disorders such as lens luxation and cataracts. Skeletal problems that can occur include Legge-Perthes disease and shoulder dislocations.

 

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