Other Names : Smooths
Country of Origin : Great Britain
Dog Group : Terrier
The Smooth is thought to have come about from crosses of the Old English Terrier, smooth coated Black and Tan terriers of England, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. They were used by hunters with the foxhounds to locate foxes when they went to ground by barking and so pinpointing the position of the fox for the huntsman.. They can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century when both smooth and broken coated were from the same origins and classed as one breed. Later, devotees of both coats bred like to like and developed the Wire and Smooth Fox Terrier as we know it today.. The breed Standard for this dog was drawn up in 1876 by Officers of The Fox Terier Club and there are few differences with today’s Standard. Now the weight for dogs is more clearly stated and docking, though customary, is optional.
The Smooth is a small active and lively terrier. They have a long, lean head and a short back. Their coats are flat, smooth and dense.
Feeding & Ownership
The Smooth is not demanding in its feeding requirements. They do eat a lot considering their size but they are active little dogs. Their food can cost up to $4.50 per week.
In general the Smooth is a friendly, devoted and affectionate dog with lots of personality. They can be protective if they feel a member of their family is in danger or being threatened. Smooths get on well with children and do make ideal family pets. They have to be socialised from an early age especially with cats and any other household pets. Keen gardeners may find that this dog digs up their plants rather quickly as digging is one of their favourite pastimes if not corrected, but as with many other breeds, with initial training this is not a problem. Whilst the breed is suitable for hot, sunny climates, they will also thrive in cool ones. They are equally content to live and sleep indoors or out.
Grooming the Smooth is relatively easy as they are clean little dogs. A rubber grooming mitt or stiffish brush used twice a week will remove any dead and loose hair reducing the amount of hair that is shed. If the coat becomes wet or muddy it does not take long to dry. It is then easier to remove the dirt from the coat when it is dry.