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The Smooth Fox Terrier Temperament is Energetic, Inquisitive, Feisty and Bold.

Smooth Fox Terrier Temperament

This is a cheerful terrier breed with a daring and fearless nature, always on the go the Smooth Fox Terrier’s temperament means they will literally chase anything that moves. The challenge with this dog is keeping it sufficiently occupied with fun stuff to do.

They make great family dogs and will soak up all the attention and affection you can give them, being equally happy snuggling with you on the couch or chasing a ball around the yard.

Though not aggressive towards people, they can be towards other animals especially small ones and are prone to picking fights with other dogs that they feel are a challenge to their status.

Children:Family friendly dog, tolerant even of young children, loves to play, chase balls and retrieve toys

Exercise:  Whilst not demanding loads of exercise, The Smooth Fox Terrier will need some organized activity every day. If they are not given enough mental or physical stimulation they will start to misbehave and might develop behavioral problems. Their high energy levels do mellow over time.

Grooming: Short coat means grooming is a fairly simple affair involving just quick brushing with a bristle comb,

Protection level: Excellent guard dogs,alert and territorial, will make a lot of noise.

Other Animals High prey drive, cats are tolerated if raised with them, but forget little squeeky pets like gerbils. Respects larger dogs but will challenge and fight others of the same sex or height

Health:Few congenital defects in the breed, though all white dogs have a high preponderance towards deafness.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

 smooth fox terrier temperament The Ideal Owner is...

Active, energetic, strong willed and able to train with the persistence and consistency, that the Smooth  Fox Terrier requires, this is a breed that is at its best when it knows its boundaries. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

The Smooth Fox Terrier has been an established breed since at least 1800 and was bred to accompany the hunt’s Foxhound packs in order to dislodge foxes that had taken cover, white dogs were preferred because they were easily distinguished from their quarry in poor visibility.

There is some debate as to whether the smooth and wire Fox Terriers come from different different backgrounds and there is no doubt that the two breed types have interbred extensively at one time, but this practice gradually declined so that by by the late 1900s the two breeds had long ceased to have been crossbred. The Smooth Terrier was one of the first breeds to be shown in the ring and they were divided into separate breeds by the AKC in 1985.

Wire Fox Terrier

Wire Fox Terrier

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Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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