The smooth Fox Terrier originated in the British Isles during the 17th century, often used by farmers to catch various vermin. This included rats and in some cases foxes. With the Smooth Fox Terrier’s incredible eyesight, sharp sense of smell, and endurance it could chase the prey even out of their homes underground. This breed has excellent eyesight, great endurance and a great sense of smell enabling it to capture its prey very easily. The AKC recognized the breed in 1885 as a part of the Terrier Group.
Owners often find the best way to rid their dog of their natural high energy is to provide training or early social development. Many groups are established to assist the owner with any questions or quality techniques that can assist in the use of this breeds natural intelligence. Often this breed is used in dog shows or with play groups due to their love for attention.
The small sized terrier can become a handful when realizing the social skills it has. This breed often becomes aggressive with other dogs and may require additional training in social skills. Pet owner seeking to establish obedience may also seek to provide this training to this breed to ensure full cooperation. Pet owners of this breed are also encouraged to use positive reinforcement when addressing this breed because they will not respond to harsh tones or words. This handful of a pet is not recommended for children or the elderly because of the high level of attention it requires. Many owners often seek the professional assistance of a trainer to discuss the specifications of the breed and the character temperaments that are associated with its behavior. This breed will become destructive if left alone for long periods of time.