Measuring between 14-15 inches in height, the highly energetic breed requires 20-40 minutes of daily exercise, with moderate grooming needs.
Smooth Fox Terriers are a favorite breed in many families. Although they are relatively healthy and strong, they are prone to some health complications like eye cataracts, deafness, and Patellar Luxation. To minimize the risks of diseases, you should purchase your SFT from a reputable breeder or screen for common conditions and diseases.
Additionally, consider training your SFT using positive reinforcement, brief lessons, and a lot of patience. And for further training, enroll your terrier in advanced obedience and agility lessons, where he can learn athletic skills in dog sports.
Finally, to avoid pet allergies, brush your Fox Terrier often to take care of shedding hair. Although it only sheds moderately, cleaning any pet dander in your home will prevent any pet-related allergies.
Fun Facts about Smooth Fox Terriers
- This fearless hunting dog can live up to 13-15 years.
- They first originated in Britain during the 17th Century.
- Early records show the first Smooth Fox Terriers were first imported to the U.S in 1879.
- In 1885, the American Kennel Club registered Cricket, the first Smooth Fox Terrier in the U.S.
- The Smooth Fox Terrier is very easy to train, and while they enjoy human attention, they are quite feisty and aggressive towards other dogs, foxes, and rodents.
- They were originally bred to control rats and mice, drive foxes away, hunting companions and entertainment.
- Fox terriers like eating and will easily overeat and become overweight. Monitoring their food intake and having routine exercises will help to keep your pet in good shape.
- An idle Smooth Fox Terrier is likely to resort to destructive behavior like excessive barking, digging, chewing, or chasing after other dogs. A lot of exercise is key to keeping SFTs engaged. Unfortunately, due to their high energy levels, you'll likely get tired much faster.
- Although they love the attention they get indoors; there can be some significant accidents during house training. Instead, it's more appropriate to take them out on walks, as they love outdoor adventures.