Dog Smooth Fox terrier: traits, characteristics and origin
Smooth Fox terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. It was the first breed in the fox terrier family to be given official recognition by The Kennel Club. It is well known, and although not a widely popular breed today outside of hunting and show circles, it is extremely significant due to the large number of terriers believed descended from it.


CategorySmall breeds: < 20 lbs
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Name of originSmooth Fox-Terrier, Wire Fox-Terrier
Other namesWire hair fox terrier, Wirehaired terrier, Fox terrier

The smooth fox terrier is a sturdy, balanced dog weighing between 7 and 9.5 kg (15 and 21 lb). It should not be more than 15 1/2 in (39.37 cm) in height. Its rough, broken coat is distinctive. Coat color consists of a predominant white base with brown markings of the face and ears, and usually a black saddle or large splotch of color; there may be other black or brown markings on the body.


The Smooth Fox Terrier's development as a breed is largely undocumented, but the dog has been known as a distinct breed in England since at least the 18th century; the first documented evidence of the Smooth Fox Terrier came in 1790, when a Colonel Thornton painted a portrait of his dog, Pitch. The Smooth Fox Terrier entered the show ring during the mid-19th century, making it one of the earliest entrants in such events. The American Kennel Club recognized the Fox Terrier in 1885; one hundred years later, the Smooth Fox Terrier was recognized as being a distinct breed from the Wire Fox Terrier.


Two of the wire fox terrier's most distinctive traits are its energy and intelligence. It has a low threshold for boredom and requires stimulation, exercise and attention. The wire fox terrier is a companion animal that requires near-constant attention. The dog should be alert, quick and ready to respond swiftly with enthusiasm. However, they should also be friendly, communicative, and playful if they receive the proper care and exercise.


A Smooth Fox Terrier is an ideal companion for any household. Not only are they incredibly loyal and affectionate, they are also highly intelligent and easy to train. With some basic tips, you can ensure that you and your Smooth Fox Terrier have a harmonious and happy relationship. Firstly, ensure your Smooth Fox Terrier is well socialised. Introduce them to other people and dogs, and expose them to different environments. This will help them develop into a confident and well-rounded dog. Secondly, provide plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Smooth Fox Terriers are active and energetic, so make sure they are receiving enough physical and mental stimulation every day. Thirdly, be consistent with your training. Establish a routine and stick to it. Give your Smooth Fox Terrier clear instructions and reward them for good behaviour. Finally, be patient and loving. Smooth Fox Terriers are sensitive and need your patience and understanding. With patience and consistency, you can ensure a long and happy relationship with your Smooth Fox Terrier.


Hunting dog, companion dog

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