The emergence of the breed is largely undocumented, but there are some evidences of its existence in England from the 18th century. The first documented evidence is from 1790, when Colonel Thornton paints a portrait of his dog. The American Kennel Club recognized the Fox Terrier in 1885. One hundred years later, the smooth coated Fox Terrier is recognized as a separate breed from the wire coated Fox Terrier. In the past, the two breeds were considered the same. In recent years, however, a growing number of experts expressed the opinion that these are two separate breeds that have no connection.
The Fox Terrier has a little proportioned body, covered with soft, thick and a short coat. Coloration occurs in white with spots in beige or brown. The height of the representatives ranges from 33 to 41 cm and their weight - from 6 to 9 kg. The head has an elongated snout, dark, expressive eyes and dropping ears. The neck is long and strong, the tail is carried up, and is sometimes docked.
Character and behavior
Friendly, social and bold by nature, the Fox Terrier is loving, loyal and affectionate dog with a very distinctive qualities.
They are very concerned when they feel that their family members are in trouble or in danger of anything. They are really good as parents and grow an ideal offspring. From an early age could coexist successfully with other pets.
Training and education
These dogs are intelligent, but can be a little stubborn like most terriers. The training is relatively easy, but the owners must be firm and assertive. Terriers love to bark and dig, so you must train your pet to halt these actions on command.
They are quite dominate over other dogs, so early socialization is a must. Training them in obedience is not that easy. Once they feel bored or lonely, they start barking.
The Fox Terrier (Smooth) lives an average of 12 to 15 years, but some representatives can reach 19 years of age. The breed is relatively healthy. Some the well known problems are deafness, various eye diseases and myasthenia gravis.
Grooming and care
The coat of your pet can be combed once or twice per week. Bathing from time to time will keep him clean and healthy. You should trim the nails regularly with a grinder or clipper to avoid splitting, overgrowth and cracking. Teeth should be brushed at least 3 times a week.
Sworn gardeners will find that this dog digs plants in the garden faster and with a greater willingness than them as digging is among the favorite games and activities of this breed. These dogs can be grown in an apartment but need regular walks and exercise.
You should feed your dog with an appropriate food for his needs through the years. Many companies have specific terrier formulas which provide all the minerals and vitamins your Foxy would need.
Children and other pets
If the dog is not properly socialized, it is possible to cause problems in the presence of other dogs. Great companion for older and considerate children, but it will be feel uncomfortable to live with other pets, in part because of its highly developed hunting instincts. With strangers, it is quite cautious, but this makes it very reliable guard.
Fox terriers are relatively rare in the USA. Not many people own such a dog in North America. According to some statistics of the American Kennel Club, smooth coated Fox Terriers are at number 116. This is 17 positions below their rank in 2009.
Although wire-haired fox terriers have the most titles “Best in Show” from the famous Westminster exhibition, the most decorated animal was a smooth coated Fox Terrier - Ch. Warren Remedy. She won the first Westminster Dog Show, the second and even the third. These three consecutive “Best in Show” prizes are the best achievement of an individual dog. Her fame is still one of the main reasons why so many people in the UK are looking for puppies for sale of this breed.