Smooth Fox Terrier
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Fox Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier
Males 36-41 cm
Females 33-38 cm
Males 7.3-8.2 kg
Females 6.8-7.7 kg
White, white with black, black and spotted or red markings
Dogs for kids, dogs for the apartment
Features of the breed
History of Origin
The origin of these dogs is ancient. It is known that they were depicted in the paintings of artists in the eighteenth century. The primary purpose of these dogs was to hunt foxes.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a descendant of the black and spotted terrier crossed with the greyhound or bull terrier. Although the smooth-haired and the woolly-haired Fox Terrier were considered one breed for a long time, they are noticeably different from each other.
Smooth Fox Terrier was first brought to Russia for Prince Boris Golitsyn. The dogs first took part in an exhibition in 1859. At that time, they became trendy; many people paid attention to dogs. The breed was officially recognized in 1876.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
A dog of athletic build, strong, with strong muscles. Relatively small in size, which easily allows dogs to hunt and climb into the caves of animals.
The height of males is about 40 cm, bitches are a bit shorter – about 35 cm. The weight of the males is 7-8 kg, bitches 6-7 kg.
The muzzle is slightly long, tapering toward the end. The eyes are dark, rounded, deep-set, small.
The ears are usually not cropped. In the natural position, they hang down to the cheekbones.
The tail is high planted, usually lifted, cropped. The coat is short, smooth, thick. It is a little shorter on the thighs and belly. The colors can be white, white with red markings, white with black and red markings.
This dog is a real goody-goody. She quickly becomes attached to all family members, equally loves to spend time with everyone, plays a lot. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a very companionable dog who always picks up any entertainment and games.
These dogs were made for hunting so that you can be sure of their excellent working qualities. They can be devoted home guards, watchdogs, and territory protectors.
Foxsters are great for people who lead an active lifestyle, travel a lot, do sports. These dogs love to learn new things, so they are happy to keep their owner company under any circumstances.
Given their hunting instincts, it is difficult for a Foxtester to get along with other animals in the same territory. They may perceive cats and rodents as prey.
A Smooth Fox Terrier can easily get along in a city apartment, but you need to remember constant physical activities and games. If the pet is not active for a large amount of time, it will spoil its character.
For people who live in the countryside, keeping a Fox Terrier is easy and simple. It is enough to regularly allow the pet to be in nature, run and exercise a lot.
The coat should be brushed once a week, and it is important to inspect it for dirt after walks in nature. Once a week, check your pet’s ears, eyes, and teeth.
Usually, claws are sharpened naturally, but if they are not, you should trim them yourself. It is recommended to bathe no more than once every six months. It would help if you gradually got used to walking on a leash from an early age, especially in crowded places.
Difficulties during training can be excessive willfulness and independence of the dog. From an early age, you need to teach the dog that you are the house leader. Otherwise, he will start to dominate and manipulate. Communication during training should be strict but not vicious.
After each successful training, it is essential to praise the dog and give him something tasty; this will motivate him. First of all, it is important to accustom the fox terrier to the leash, and the command “beside” will significantly simplify the training of more complicated commands.
The health of dogs is robust, but there are cases of the disease. The most common ones are:
It is essential to remember about vaccinations and in time to treat the pet’s coat against parasites.
A Smooth Fox Terrier can eat both food and natural food. The two types of food should not be mixed.
The food must be of high quality and contain all the useful vitamins and minerals. Natural food should consist of meat, by-products, vegetables, fermented dairy products, fruits, porridges. There should always be clean water in a separate bowl.