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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Very friendly around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Medium grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Medium tolerance to cold
The Smooth Fox Terrier is an excellent family pet, perfect for children because of its playful and friendly disposition. This dog breed is happy exploring and chasing and don’t be surprised to find several holes in the yard or flower gardens. He’s independent and mischievous, and should have obedience training early on to ensure good behavior.
He’s not aggressive with people but can be reserved around those he doesn’t know. He’s an excellent watch dog, and likes to bark. The Smooth Fox Terrier is fast and powerful, which was highly valued as a hunting companion to men on horseback. He’s an alert breed, energetic and always ready to play.
This dog breed loves attention, and his exercise needs can be met with a long walk or hardy play time in the yard. The Smooth Fox Terrier is happiest if he can live indoors and have access to the yard.
You’ll need to brush him at least once a week as he sheds often, and they often require proper ear training as puppies.
Although not documented, this dog breed has existed since the 1700s, popular as a farm dog to hunt prey that was detrimental to the farmer’s livelihood. The Smooth Fox Terrier was often a foxhound cohort, and usually white which helped farmers and hunters tell the difference between dog and prey.
The Smooth Fox Terrier was one of the first breeds that found popularity among dog fanciers, often being classified along with the wire haired variety, and both entered the show ring as sporting breeds. Over the years the interbreeding ended, and in 1985 the AKC recognized the smooth fox terrier as its own breed. Despite his hunting abilities he is used mostly as a pet and show dog today.