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.
Easily motivated and trainable
Brave and ready for adventure
Alert, curious, and busy
Lively, with a friendly personality
Devoted, loyal, and protective
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:
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