Smooth Fox TerrierCare

The smooth, hard coat is easy-to-maintain; it sheds out twice a year.

The Smooth Fox Terrier has a sleek, easy to maintain coat. Its sturdiness and size combined with its friendly and playful nature make it an excellent companion for children. They are bold but not aggressive towards people. Fox Terriers make excellent watch dogs in the home. New owners should be aware that the breed's innate sense to dig may affect the family yard or flower beds unless the dog is taught otherwise.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds.

The Fox Terrier is a small breed and has a lifespan of 13 to 15 years. What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

coat &GROOMING

Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep him clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

coat length Short
grooming Occasional Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

They are bold but not aggressive towards people. Fox Terriers make excellent watch dogs in the home. New owners should be aware that the breed's innate sense to dig may affect the family yard or flower beds unless the dog is taught otherwise. Alert and “on the tiptoe of expectations,” Fox Terriers make excellent watchdogs. They are lively and cheerful and funny. Equally at home in the city or country, they are best kept in a fenced yard or on a lead as they can eagerly run off to follow any adventure. Puppy training classes with a sensible, terrier-savvy trainer can be very helpful.

energy level Some Exercise

Smooth Fox Terrier &HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like cardiac disease and patellar luxation. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Fox Terriers are healthy dogs.

Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Fox Terrier can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.