The Smooth Fox Terrier was developed in Britain in the 17th century to help keep farmlands free of foxes and other small predators. He was bred to be small enough to drive a fox out of its hiding place, where it could be caught by larger dogs and hunters. There is some dispute as to whether the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wirehaired Fox Terrier are variations on the same breed, as they were considered to be for many years. Today, the consensus seems to be that despite their similarities, they likely had different ancestries.
As his name implies, the coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier is short and easy to keep neat. Other than shedding his coat twice a year, he only requires brushing and bathing as needed. A small-to-medium-sized dog weighing between 15 and 20 lbs., he can live comfortably in a city apartment or a larger home. Regardless of the size of his home, though, this high-energy dog needs daily mental and physical exercise to keep him from getting stressed.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a typical terrier, brave and bold with a dominant streak, so a firm leader and strong foundation in obedience training are necessities. However, he is also a devoted, lovable, playful and affectionate family member, especially with children.
High energy aside, the Smooth Fox Terrier is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect his health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Smooth Fox Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as glaucoma; skin conditions such as atopy; joint conditions such as hip dysplasia and patellar luxation; and neurological conditions such as epilepsy.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Smooth Fox Terrier inherits his mom’s bad skin or his dad’s bad eyes, you’re covered.