A little fox hunter
The Smooth Fox Terrier was originally bred to hunt foxes, hence the name ‘Fox.’ They actually hunted both foxes and badgers, following them into the grounds of the earth hence the name ‘Terrier’, which is derived from the Latin word ‘terra’ meaning earth. The first evidence of the Smooth Fox Terrier was in 1790 when ‘Colonel Thornton’ painted a portrait of his Terrier, Pitch. However it wasn’t until the 19th Century that the Smooth Fox Terrier became a distinct breed in England. The Fox Terrier Club was formed in the UK in 1876, uniformity of type was established and the original standard for the breed was issued for the Smooth Fox Terrier the same year. Fox Terriers were well known and very popular, however Wire Fox Terriers appeared in the show ring some twenty years later. The British recognition of both varieties was quite late in the general plan of dog showing. The first Terrier in Australia was an all white female called ‘Careless.’ She made her way all the way from England to Sydney in 1868.
It’s all in the name. The Smooth Fox Terrier has a smooth, hard and dense coat that sheds very little. Because they were originally bred as hunting dogs, they are neither leggy nor short, making them run fast and jump high. They are small in size, have great balance, symmetry and stand around 33-41cm in height at the shoulders. Males weigh between 7.5-8kg, while females weigh between 7-7.5kg. Their nose is black, eyes are dark and moderately small while their ears are small, V-shaped and dropping forward close to cheek. They can be all white, white with tan, white with black and tan, or white with black markings.
Small but fearless
The temperament of the Smooth Fox Terrier is friendly, fearless and forthcoming. They may be small in size but don’t underestimate their energy. Make sure they get plenty of exercise to maintain their health and happiness. Because of their history with hunting, they are naturally quick, love to jump, dig and have endless adventures. Although they can be a handful to train at first, they come around quickly once they get the hang of it. If you’re after a watchdog, they are excellent barkers. Just make sure you train them to obey commands, otherwise they can become nuisance neighbours. See your local Greencross Vets if you’d like to know more about a Smooth Fox Terrier’s temperament.
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