Smooth Fox Terrier Dog Breed Description and History

  • 26/11/2010

Description: The Smooth Fox Terrier is a medium sized dog, with the male dog standing 14-16 inches in height and the female bitches 13-15 inches, with the males weighing 15-20 pounds and the bitch 13-18 pounds. They have a flat skull which narrows a little towards the eyes and down the muzzle, to their black nose. With dark coloured eyes, and small V shaped ears that hang forward to the cheeks.

This dog breed has a thick neck that is quite muscular, and it has straight legs. There is a high set tail which is commonly docked, in countries that allow this practice. Docking is illegal in most parts of Europe, except on medical grounds. Their coat is smooth feeling, and very dense. Their hair is mostly white with brown or black areas. Regular brushing is suggested with the Smooth Fox Terrier to remove any stray hairs and to help make sure the coat keeps that nice and smooth feel that this breed is not only known for but also named for.

History: The Smooth Fox Terrier dog breed first originated in the 17th-century, in the British Isles, as a result of crossing the beagle, foxhound, and dachshund. They were bred specifically to hunt for vermin, and foxes, as both of these were a risk to farmers' livestock. They would locate animals and draw the attention of the farmer, or Hunter by scratching, digging, and incessant barking, until they either came out of their hiding hole or were dug out by the hunters, and destroyed. They were first accepted as a separate breed in 1876.

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