Training and Husbandry of the Smooth-Haired Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terriers love to please their masters. At the same time, however, he also likes to question his authority, so that clear boundaries have to be set. He needs a consistent upbringing, which starts in puppyhood. The fox terrier likes to learn and a good education paired with a lot of activity makes him a good companion dog.

Fox Terriers can be left alone if they get plenty of exercises before and after. If this is not the case, he can get loud and nibble on one or the other chair leg. The terriers are generally calm dogs. However, they bark relatively a lot as a means of communication. Additionally, they tend to bark when strangers approach.

They like to escape when the opportunity arises. Like other hunting dogs, they have a strong instinct to follow tracks. Tracking training like mantrailing can somewhat reduce this instinct to flee.

The dog itself is not destructive. Due to its characteristics as a hunting dog, however, it needs a lot of work. He likes to discharge excess energy by digging up the flower bed. If he’s busy, that shouldn’t be a problem

Fox Terriers are very alert, loyal, and affectionate. They want to protect their people and are suspicious of strangers. Therefore, they are relatively well-suited as guard dogs.

Worth knowing: The fox terrier is quite a demanding dog, which is why it is rather unsuitable as a first-time dog. The master should have experience in training dogs, so as not to involuntarily lose command of the fox terrier. He should know how to direct the hunting instinct into new paths – through a lot of exercise, activity, and sport. If you get involved with the peculiarities of this breed, you have a loving companion who also keeps your human fit.

Mary Allen

Written by Mary Allen

Hello, I'm Mary! I've cared for many pet species including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, and bearded dragons. I also have ten pets of my own currently. I've written many topics in this space including how-tos, informational articles, care guides, breed guides, and more.

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