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Fox Terrier Smooth Coat

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Fox Terrier Smooth Coat

General
OtherNames Smooths
Dog Group Kennel Club Terrier
Breed Classification The Smooth Fox Terrier is a member of the terrier group. They were originally used for locating the position of foxes in their tunnels and in killing vermin. Today they are still used as hunters but more commonly as companions.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
The Smooth is not demanding in its feeding requirements. They do eat a lot considering their size but they are active little dogs. Their food can cost up to £4.50 per week.
Other Expenses
The cost of a pupppy will be between £200 - £300.
Average Puppy Price
<£300
Lifespan
9 - 15 years
Average Litter Size
5
General Physical Description
The Smooth is a small active and lively terrier. They have a long, lean head and a short back. Their coats are flat, smooth and dense.
Height Min Max
Bitch 0cm 38cm
Dog 0cm 39cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 6kg 7kg
Dog 7kg 8kg
Size Category
Weight Height Range Dogs should measure no more than 39cms at the withers, bitches slightly less. Dogs weigh between 7.3-8.2kgs and bitches should ideally weigh between 6.8-7.7kgs.
Ailments As a breed the Smooth is a hardy dog that doesn’t suffer from many health problems and any problems they do have tend to be as individuals and non-breed specific. The breed’s hardy constitution and known longevity has never led to the need for breed testing for clinical or hereditary defects.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History The Smooth is thought to have come about from crosses of the Old English Terrier, smooth coated Black and Tan terriers of England, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. They were used by hunters with the foxhounds to locate foxes when they went to ground by barking and so pinpointing the position of the fox for the huntsman.. They can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century when both smooth and broken coated were from the same origins and classed as one breed. Later, devotees of both coats bred like to like and developed the Wire and Smooth Fox Terrier as we know it today.. The breed Standard for this dog was drawn up in 1876 by Officers of The Fox Terier Club and there are few differences with today’s Standard. Now the weight for dogs is more clearly stated and docking, though customary, is optional.
Intelligence The Smooth is an intelligent terrier but can be a bit stubborn like most terriers. Training is relatively easy but owners must be consistent and firm. They like to bark and dig so must be trained to stop these actions on command. They can be quite dominant over other dogs so should be properly socialised as puppies.
Show Characteristics The Smooth Fox Terrier should have a flat skull and a narrow head. The jaws should be strong and muscular with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be small, round, dark and deep set. The ears are V shaped and drop forward close to the cheeks. The neck is muscular and of a good length. The chest should be deep but not too broad, the shoulders long and sloping. The topline should be level with a short and straight back. The front legs should be straight when viewed from any angle and the back legs should be strong and muscular. The feet should be small, round and compact. The tail should be high set and carried erect but not curling over the back. Tails are customarily docked by approximately one third, but this is now optional. The coat should be flat, smooth dense and hard. The colours desired are solid white, white with tan, black, or black and tan markings. White should predominate.
Country Of Origin Great Britain
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Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise 60 - 80 minutes
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Medium
Suitability As Guard Dog Medium
Risk of Sheep Worrying Medium
Tendency to Bark Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Medium
Compatibility With Other Animals Medium
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament In general the Smooth is a friendly, devoted and affectionate dog with lots of personality. They can be protective if they feel a member of their family is in danger or being threatened. Smooths get on well with children and do make ideal family pets. They have to be socialised from an early age especially with cats and any other household pets. Keen gardeners may find that this dog digs up their plants rather quickly as digging is one of their favourite pastimes if not corrected, but as with many other breeds, with initial training this is not a problem. Whilst the breed is suitable for hot, sunny climates, they will also thrive in cool ones. They are equally content to live and sleep indoors or out.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Medium
Grooming Requirement Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming Grooming the Smooth is relatively easy as they are clean little dogs. A rubber grooming mitt or stiffish brush used twice a week will remove any dead and loose hair reducing the amount of hair that is shed. If the coat becomes wet or muddy it does not take long to dry. It is then easier to remove the dirt from the coat when it is dry.
Colour The Smooth Fox Terrier can be solid white, white with tan, black, or black and tan markings. White should predominate.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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