Smooth Fox Terriers

No matter how cold or hot the climate, Britishers have taken their “Foxie” with them on their missions abroad, knowing that he is hardy and adaptable enough to survive hazards which other dogs could not meet.

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As a consequence, the Fox Terrier is universally known and has won thousands of friends for his breed.

He is a handy size, weighing from 16-18 pounds, alert in appearance, dead game, easy to keep clean and has a strong resistance to most dog ailments.

He is a sportsman from tip to tip, ever ready for action and cannot be bettered as a sharp watchdog, ratter, or companion for boys.

He is somewhat exuberant and often shows poor judgment by “mixing it” with dogs twice his size, and can be a source of bother to those who lead the quiet life and like their dog to do likewise.

Apart from his popularity as a household pet, the Fox Terrier plays an important part in the life of rural areas in the United States. He has no superior in the destruction of vermin, particularly rodents. He has an uncanny “nose” for these pests and will locate and dig out the most cunningly concealed rats’ nest and rarely misses the occupants.

He kills for the joy of it and is equally good at finding rabbits in hollow logs and other inaccessible spots.

Once “game” is sighted, the expression in his small, dark eyes shows him up as a real killer in a twinkling.

Foxie’s Origin

Fox Terriers were bred originally to assist the fox hunting gentry in England in their pursuit of the elusive fox.

Many a good run was spoilt by the game “going to ground” where the hounds simply could not reach him.

A smallish dog was required to get him moving again, one which was small enough to worm its way into burrows, behind rocks and the like and was game enough to “bolt” the fox if he proved reluctant to leave the hideout.

So the Fox Terrier was evolved. He was usually carried in the saddlebags of the “‘whips” and when the hunt was halted, brought to light to get the fox going again.

A dog weighing under 20 pounds must have the courage to tackle a fox underground and only those with this essential quality were kept.

As a result, very few Fox Terriers of today are cowardly, and all will “go to ground” after any game.

More good Fox Terriers have been imported into the U.S. than any other breed.

Overseas judges often expressed the view that Australian Smooth Fox Terriers were the world’s best. It is certain that many of our exports made names for themselves overseas, and Australian-bred champions are to be found in the U.S., India and the Far East.

The standard of the breed is very high in all parts of Australia and they still win their share of best-in-show awards.

Active, Graceful

A properly built Fox Terrier is a most symmetrical animal, possessing bone and substance, combined with real grace of outline.

He must be able to gallop and stay.

Character is essential, the dog must be lively and ever ready to hold his own. The head is proportionately long and lean with a flat skull, good strength of foreface and jaw.

The small dark, round eyes are full of fire, life and intelligence, and the small V-shaped ears drop forward close to the cheek.

The neck is of fair length, muscular and free from loose skin and sets into fine, sloping shoulders.

The back is short, straight and strong, ribs are well sprung, deep and carried well back into the body. The tail is set on at “the corner and carried at the perpendicular.”

The hindquarters are deep and powerful, with nicely turned stifles for driving power.

The coat is smooth and hard. White should be the predominant color with black, tan or black and tan markings. Markings are important from a standard viewpoint, but the nicely marked dog attracts attention more readily.

Forelegs are perfectly straight and set off by small, round well-padded feet.


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Hannah Elizabeth is an English animal behavior author, having written for several online publications. With a degree in Animal Behaviour and over a decade of practical animal husbandry experience, Hannah's articles cover everything from pet care to wildlife conservation. When she isn't creating content for blog posts, Hannah enjoys long walks with her Rottweiler cross Senna, reading fantasy novels and breeding aquarium shrimp.

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