One of many terrier breeds, the Smooth Fox Terrier was nevertheless the first of the terrier family to be recognised by the Kennel Club. Typically, healthy Smooth Fox Terriers live between 12 and 15 years, and weigh in at between 6.8 to 8.6kg. Adult males measure approximately 36 to 39cm tall at the withers. Originally bred as a working dog, Smooth Fox Terriers are ratters by nature, and small enough to go to ground when hunting foxes- a trait which was bred into the earliest Smooth Fox Terriers in the 18th century. As well as being working dogs and hunters of vermin, Smooth Fox Terriers can make good companions for active owners. However, most Smooth Fox Terriers today are used as either show dogs or hunting dogs, rather than pets, but the breed is significant due to the large number of other terriers descended from it.
Smooth Fox Terriers are intelligent, and thanks to their working heritage, fairly easy to train. They can be considered yappy, but they can still make suitable pets due to their small size and friendly natures. However, they need to be socialised with other household animals from an early age: if this is not done properly, owners will not be able to trust them with other animals. It should also be noted that this particular breed needs to be kept a close eye on, because due to their scrappy natures, Smooth Fox Terriers will pick fights even with much larger dogs.
Smooth Fox Terriers need to be properly contained and kept on their lead in public areas, due to their propensity...
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