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Smooth Fox Terrier

Tags: terrier, High energy level, Adaptable to apartment life

Dating back to the 16th Century in England, we're the older of the Fox Terriers (compared to the Wire types) -- the result of crossing ancient terrier breeds with the Dachshund and the Beagle. So we're a perfect terrier size (15.5 inches at the shoulder, 18 pounds) for rousting foxes from their dens -- or digging the holes a little bigger if it suits our purpose. The Smooth Fox Terrier was admitted to the AKC's Terrier Group in 1885. Today we're a rare breed, ranking 123rd on the kennel club's list of dog registrations statistics -- compared to our wiry cousins in 94th place.

Rave review

  • Adaptable to apartment life -- with ample exercise
  • Affectionate, loyal family friend
  • Agile and active
  • Always alert
  • Born to run, happy to walk
  • Busy is better than bored
  • Confident and self-assured
  • Energizer doggie

Report card

  • Even-tempered, good-natured
  • Aggressive tendencies toward other dogs
  • Hardy hunter
  • Independent thinker
  • Intelligent and ready to learn
  • Outdoors enthusiast
  • Playful pal
  • Pleased to please
  • Caters to country, tolerates town
  • Ready to romp
  • Socialization and training must start early
  • Spirited
  • Takes to training

What to expect

I'm going to need your help -- in my socialization and training -- with a couple faults (or defaults) in my Fox Terrier nature. First, I can be aggressive toward other dogs. Please start my socialization early, introducing me to every kind of critter I might encounter on life's journey, and don't hesitate to bring a animal-behavior professional into the case. Second, I'm a notorious digger. Again, training and substitute activities might change that habit, but animal behaviorists will have good ideas to share, too.

Watch for

Possible deafness, epilepsy, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, myasthenia gravis, atopic dermatitis, eye disorders (including glaucoma, cataracts, lens luxation), and distichiasis).

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