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Smooth Fox Terrier

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Smooth Fox Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • CKC, AKC, UKC
  • Height
  • 14" - 15.5"
  • Weight
  • 15-19 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 14 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • High - This breed requires vigorous daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Difficult to Train
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
    • White / Tan
    • White
     
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors
 

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Origin

The fox terrier was developed in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

There was no distinction between the wire hair and smooth fox terrier until 1984, however, the first fox terrier was documented in 1790.

History

Until 1984 the wire and smooth versions of the fox terrier were commonly bred together, although they are believed to originate from different sources. Except for the coat they are virtually indistinguishable. They were both bred to drive foxed from holes and are longer legged than most terriers. The fox terriers' ancestors include the smooth coated black and tan terrier, the bull terrier, the greyhound and the beagle.

Description

The fox terrier is a small, strong dog with a short back and square build. The skull is flat and narrow and the fore-face gradually tapers from eyes to muzzle. The muzzle is equal in length to the skull with a strong jaw and a black nose. The small, deep-set eyes are dark. The small, V-shaped button ears are semi-erect with the tops folding forward. The tail is held erect. The smooth fox terrier has a short, hard coat and is mostly white. The wire fox terrier has a broken coat with hairs that twist and an undercoat of fine, soft hair. The hair on the face is long. Like the smooth fox terrier, it is mostly white.

Temperament

The fox terrier is a friendly, alert, and intelligent dog. It is very bold and active with a tendency to dig. It is not good with small animals, which it often sees as prey. It can be too exuberant for small children.

Uses

This breed was used to drive foxes from holes and because of its friendly disposition it makes an excellent companion for an active owner.

Health Concerns

Cushing's disease, deafness, hip dysplasia, legg-perthes disease, luxating patellas, skin allergies.

Additional Information

The fox terrier does best in a rural or suburban home with a fenced yard.
Herbert Hoover had two Fox Terriers named Big Ben and Sonnie.

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Sources

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

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