The smooth fox terrier is square-proportioned, standing above a great deal of ground but with a brief back. Its conformation combines endurance, speed and power, allowing it to gallop and remain with the horses and hounds throughout the search and to stick to a fox up a slow passage. The gait whilst trotting gets the majority of its propulsion in the back quarters. The saying, such as the mindset, is eager; the carriage is both expectant and alert. The jacket is flat, hard and compact, plus a brief, nice undercoat.
Energetic, curious, bold, feisty, playful, mischievous, daring and independent explain the fox terrier. This strain resides to run, chase and research. It’s typically rather reserved with strangers. It is inclined to dig and bark.
|• Major concerns: none
• Minor concerns: lens luxation, distichiasis, cataract, Legg-Perthes, shoulder dislocation
• Occasionally seen: deafness, patellar luxation
• Suggested tests: eye
• Life span: 10 – 13 years
|The smooth fox terrier’s ancestors aren’t recorded, but the strain was clearly understood by 1800 and has been already popular until the advent of dog shows. It accompanied foxhound packs and dislodged foxes which had taken pay. Predominantly white dogs have been favored since they are more readily distinguished in the quarry in dim light. Some speculation is that the cable and smooth fox terriers originated from different backgrounds, together with the smooth gliding from the smooth-coated tan and black, the bull terrier as well as the greyhound and beagle. The smooth fox terriers were one of the first strains to join the show ring, categorized initially with all the sporting breeds. Both types were interbred widely at the same time, however, the clinic slowly diminished. Since the 2 strains had long since ceased to be spanned from the latter portion of the 1900s, the AKC split them into different strains in 1985.|