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Smooth Fox Terrier

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The Smooth Fox Terrier is the quitessential Terrier.  One variety of Fox Terrier, the other is the Wire, the Smooth Fox Terrier boasts and ancient history and enthusiastic following.  Independent and quite feisty, the breed is not an ideal choice for many homes but for those that seek a companion of vitality and fire, they are a great match.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 15-18 pounds
Weight: 11-14 inches Longevity: high teens
Colors: predominately white with black and/or brown patches Coat type: straight, hard, flat and smooth
Recognized Registries: FCI, NCA, UKC, AKC, ANKC, TKC, CKC, ANKC and others
Overall Appearance: Compact and agile, square built dog of some sturdiness but never heavy. Lithe and nearly wiry.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: very high
General Nature: friendly, fearless, alert, filled with expectation, reactive, high energy
  with Children: highly variable, dependent on socialization, supervision and behavior of children
  with other pets: not typically good
  with dogs: highly variable
Socialization requirements: very high
Ideal home characteristics: One that enjoys the exuberant charm and entertaining qualities of the breed.
Temperament Notes: Bold to the point of foolhardy, oftentimes the Fox Terrier must be protected from their own impulsiveness.
Training requirement: moderate: socialization and basic manners
Trainer notes: Terriers in general may number among the most challenging to train, not because they lack intelligence (oh they have that in abundance) or good temperaments(rare that you will find a more confident and willing participant) but because their sense of intrigue, curiousity and independence will run circles around all but the most adept of trainers.  The Fox Terrier is no exception.  Keeping sessions short and EXTREMELY fun is likely the only way to maintain the attention of the Fox Terrier long enough to accomplish anything.  Once the dog enjoys the task for the sake of the fun of it (such as Agility) it can become easier but never easy.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: ancient
Country of Origin: difficult to verify but known in ancient Rome
Original Function: hunter of fox and other vermin
History: Mentioned by Pliny the Elder (of Rome) in his Natural History. Clearly a breed of antiquity.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Cushings disease, bloat, eye problems, tendency to ear infections,allergies, hip/elbow dysplasia
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:

http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had English Foxhounds?
  • Why do you have English Foxhounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an English Foxhound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Foxhound?
  • How would you describe the ideal English Foxhound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an 
  • How long have you had Smooth Fox Terriers?
  • Why do you have Smooth Fox Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Smooth Fox Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Smooth Fox Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Smooth Fox Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Smooth Fox Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Smooth Fox Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    http://www.foxterrierrescue.net/ - Fox Terrier Rescue Network with nationwide contacts and general information

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.the-kennel-club.org.uk/discoverdogs/terrier/t886.htm - The Kennel Club (UK) Standard of the Smooth Fox Terrier

    http://www.aftc.org/breedstandard.html#sft - Smooth Fox Terrier Standard of the American Fox Terrier Club

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://www.aftc.org/coe.html - American Fox Terrier Club Code of Ethics

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