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Smooth Fox Terrier

SmoothFoxTerrier

An Adventurous Dog

Bold, Energetic, Feisty

Smooth Fox Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Smooth Fox Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Smooth Fox Terrier and some can be quite irritating!

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where they came, which health conditions are a risk to to the breed and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:14-16" Weight:13-20lbs Lifespan:13-14 years

Size
2

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
4

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: The Smooth Fox Terrier is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She excels at dog sports like agility and Earthdog. She has a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a tall sturdy fence is a must.

Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Smooth Fox Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Smooth Fox Terriers are enthusiastic, playful, and feisty. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a lovable companion and family dog.

Positive Traits:

Easily motivated and trainable

Brave and ready for adventure

Alert, curious, and busy

Lively, with a friendly personality

Excellent watchdog

Devoted, loyal, and protective

Negative Traits:

Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

Likes to dig

Can be independent and strong-willed

Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit


Whether you are considering adding a new Smooth Fox Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Smooth Fox Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Smooth Fox Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

Some health issues a Smooth Fox Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems 

Glaucoma 

Cataracts

Displaced Lens

Neurological Disease

Knee Problems

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

The Smooth Fox Terrier originated in Britain during the 17th century and were bred to control mice and rats on farms and hunt foxes by driving them from their underground dens. The SFT is a fearless and courageous hunting dog. The cheerful and scrappy Foxie is highly trainable: a skilled performer who loves to learn a new trick. The Smooth Fox Terrier enjoys human attention but can be aggressive with other dogs. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13 - 14 years.

Consult with your veterinarian if your Smooth Fox Terrier shows sings of the following:

Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

Cloudiness to eye lens

Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

General reluctance to run or play

Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

Tubular vomit, undigested food

Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

 

  • Care

    Routine Care: The Smooth Fox Terrier is a smart dog with lots of energy, so keep her mind and body active, or she'll get bored. That's when the naughty stuff starts. She excels at dog sports like agility and Earthdog. She has a high prey drive, so she needs to be leash walked and a tall sturdy fence is a must.

    Grooming: She has low grooming needs. Brush her coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Smooth Fox Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you’ll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean her ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Smooth Fox Terriers are enthusiastic, playful, and feisty. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a lovable companion and family dog.

    Positive Traits:

    Easily motivated and trainable

    Brave and ready for adventure

    Alert, curious, and busy

    Lively, with a friendly personality

    Excellent watchdog

    Devoted, loyal, and protective

    Negative Traits:

    Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam

    Likes to dig

    Can be independent and strong-willed

    Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

    Has a tendency to bark quite a bit if not trained out of this habit


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Smooth Fox Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Smooth Fox Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. By exploring the health concerns specific to the Smooth Fox Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. She’s counting on you to be her health expert.

    Some health issues a Smooth Fox Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems 

    Glaucoma 

    Cataracts

    Displaced Lens

    Neurological Disease

    Knee Problems

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

  • History

    The Smooth Fox Terrier originated in Britain during the 17th century and were bred to control mice and rats on farms and hunt foxes by driving them from their underground dens. The SFT is a fearless and courageous hunting dog. The cheerful and scrappy Foxie is highly trainable: a skilled performer who loves to learn a new trick. The Smooth Fox Terrier enjoys human attention but can be aggressive with other dogs. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a generally healthy breed with an average lifespan of 13 - 14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with your veterinarian if your Smooth Fox Terrier shows sings of the following:

    Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    Cloudiness to eye lens

    Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    General reluctance to run or play

    Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    Coughing, especially at night or upon rising after sleeping, rapid breathing at rest

    Shortness of breath, cough, or fainting

    Tubular vomit, undigested food

    Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    Greasy, hairless patches on skin and redness in ears

    Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

     

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