Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Smooth Fox Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Watch dog and Hunting Dog and is known by its nick name the "English Terrier". The origin of the Smooth Fox Terrier dog breed was in England where it was developed in the 1700's.
Smooth Fox Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885): The Smooth Fox Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Terrier Dog Group (AKC:1885).
Other names for the Smooth Fox Terrier: The Smooth Fox Terrier is known by the nickname of the "English Terrier". Other names for this breed of dog include the English Terrier, Smooths, Smoothie, Smoothy and Fox Terrier Smooth Coat.
Origin of the name: The name Smooth Fox Terrier is in reference to the description of the dog's smooth coat. The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their such as mice, rats and foxes into their bolt holes.
Smooth Fox Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed was in the United Kingdom during the 1700's. The Smooth Fox Terrier breed was developed in Nottingham in the north of England and descended from earlier varieties of British terriers, such as the Manchester Terrier, which were cross bred with the English Foxhound, the Greyhound and the Basset Hound that had short, smooth coats.
The Smooth Fox Terrier was used primarily by sportsmen for tracking and hunting foxes but it was also used by farmers as a form of pest control not only hunting foxes but also rabbits, moles and vermin.
The tenacious Smooth Fox Terrier would track their quarry to its den or bolt hole or when they went to ground, barking loudly to alert the hunt and dig furiously to harass the animal until it left its hiding place when the hunter would kill it. The 'Fox Terrier' dogs came in two different types; one with a smooth coat and the other with a wirehaired coat (now known as the Wire Fox Terrier) and both strains were considered the same breed for many years.
The first standard for the Smooth Fox Terrier was established in 1876, separating it from the wirehaired dogs. The Smooth Fox Terrier was officially recognized by the AKC in 1885.
Smooth Fox Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the Smooth Fox Terriers moved on and the breed is now used as a friendly, agile family pet and watchdog.
Smooth Fox Terrier Height: The Smooth Fox Terrier breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm).
Smooth Fox Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 15 - 20 pounds (7-9 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 13 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg).
Smooth Fox Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as flat, smooth, dense coat.
Smooth Fox Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of White, White & Tan, Tri-color, Black & White.
Smooth Fox Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Smooth Fox Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Smooth Fox Terrier are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
Smooth Fox Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 3-6 puppies. Smooth Fox Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Smooth Fox Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Smooth Fox Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Spirited, Alert, Affectionate, Active and Agile.
Smooth Fox Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Smooth Fox Terrier requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes to one hour every day. This small dog has a brisk, jaunty gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.
Smooth Fox Terrier Diet: A fully grown Smooth Fox Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Smooth Fox Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed include Lens Luxation, Cataracts, Legge-Perthes disease . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Smooth Fox Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Smooth Fox Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed is 12-14 years.
Smooth Fox Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Smooth Fox Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Sparky *** Chance *** Terry *** Scout *** Tripp *** Shadow *** Wyatt *** Ranger *** Spirit *** Zippy.
Smooth Fox Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Smooth Fox Terrier names are Spring *** Pepper *** Prada *** Hattie *** Star *** Peach *** Nova *** Lilly *** Gracie *** Harley.