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Smooth Fox Terrier

Origin: England

AKC Group: Terrier

Height: No more than 15.5 inches (39.5 cm) (Male)

Weight: 16 pounds (Male)

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Male height: 
No more than 15.5 inches (39.5 cm)
Male weight: 
16 pounds
Hard, short and dense, lying smooth and flat.
Mostly white with colored markings.

An old English breed, the Fox Terrier was used in the 18th century by foxhunters who needed a compact, energetic, bold dog who would "go to ground" after quarry. The hunter would carry the dog on horseback in a sack or box while following the foxhounds in hot pursuit; when the fox took cover, the hunter would set the terrier down to rout it out. The Fox Terrier was bred to be a quick thinker, relying on his instincts rather than orders from his owner.

There are two varieties of Fox Terrier, distinguished by coat type: Wire and Smooth. For almost 100 years, the Fox Terrier was shown in the United States as one breed with two varieties; in 1984, however, the American Kennel Club (AKC) approved separate standards. The two have long had separate standards in the United Kingdom, where they have had distinct registries since 1876.

Sensitive, even-tempered and hardy, the Smooth Fox Terrier is a great pet for an active family. He has an indomitable spirit and playful nature. Eager and alert, he can be protective of his family, with whom he bonds closely.
At home: 
Because of his compact size, the Smooth Fox Terrier is suitable for city dwellers, although you must be willing to meet this active dog's exercise needs. Gregarious and social, he should not be left alone for long periods. He tends to be vocal and may bark a lot. He needs a fenced-in yard and loves to dig and play in the grass.
The Smooth Fox Terrier requires daily exercise, and you should be prepared to devote time to long walks or vigorous play sessions to meet this energetic fellow's exercise needs.
Smooth Fox Terriers are enthusiastic eaters who will usually gobble whatever is fed to them. Because of this, it is important to monitor their food intake to prevent obesity. In their early years, they can expend a lot of energy in various family activities and need the highest-quality diet to ensure that they are getting the nutrition they require. Feeding twice a day is preferred.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is bright and eager to please, and he adapts to most positive training regimens quickly. He can be impulsive, however, as he lives to chase and explore. Socialization from an early age is necessary.
The Smooth Fox Terrier gets along well with children, and his liveliness is a plus - it is rare for a Smooth to be the first to tire during playtime. He will get along with other dogs as long as he's properly socialized, but he should not be unsupervised around smaller pets that he might view as prey.
The average life span of the Smooth Fox Terrier is 10 to 15 years. Health problems may include eye abnormalities; Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; and skin allergies. Overall, the breed is quite hardy and long lived.
Fun fact: 

In the 1860s, three dogs - Old Jock, Old Trap and Old Tarter - helped found the modern Smooth Fox Terrier breed.

Grooming blurb: 
The Smooth Fox Terrier requires little grooming other than occasional ear cleaning and nail trimming. He should be bathed only when necessary. A quick going-over with a hound glove every week or so will help keep his coat smooth and healthy.
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