Smooth Fo-Tzu

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain <> Tibet -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

The Smooth Fo-Tzu is a hybrid of the Shih Tzu and the Fox Terrier Smooth. This hybrid combines the gentle, docile intelligence of the Shih Tzu with the courageous, focused intelligence of the Fox Terrier Smooth, resulting in a truly loving, tolerant and spirited mix that will entertain you for years to come. Although they were originally bred for different purposes - companionship for the Shih Tzu and hunting for the Fox Terrier - today they make wonderful pets and companions in any home. And this one will love showing off his knee-jerk skills whenever he can.

History of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

The Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid is a mix of Shih Tzu and Fox Terrier Smooth. It's a fairly recent hybrid and there's no information available on the hybrid itself, so we'll have to get our history from that of the parent breeds. As there is also no information on the place and date of origin of this hybrid, we can probably assume that it was developed in the USA in the late 1900s or early 2000s, when interest in combining pure breeds for various reasons became more popular. No official club or organization recognition could be found for the Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid.

 

        

A little of the Fox Terrier Smooth

        
The Fox Terrier Smooth, also known as the Fox Terrier, Smooth-Coated Fox Terrier or Smooth-Haired Fox Terrier, originated in the UK around the 17th century. It was bred to go to ground and flush foxes from their dens during the British fox hunts of the time. The once-popular sport of foxhunting has since been banned in the UK, but the breed's popularity continues in the UK and US as a companion dog, with hunting still practiced in some areas. The Fox Terrier Smooth Coat breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885, where it ranks 124th among the most popular breeds in their registry.
Standard of the Fox Terrier Smooth

 

        

A little of the Shih Tzu

The parent Shih Tzu breed originated in China thousands of years ago, as evidenced by paintings, drawings and sculptures dating back at least 2,000 years. The Shih Tzu is a breed that was bred solely for companionship and was cherished by China's imperial families. The breed was nearly destroyed during the first period of the Chinese Communist regime and only survived, ironically, until the Second World War and the introduction of the breed to the British and Americans, who brought them to their respective countries, causing the breed to flourish. The Shih Tzu was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969, where it is the 20th most popular breed on its register.
Standard of the Shih Tzu

Appearance of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

The Smooth Fo-Tzu, a hybrid mix of Shih Tzu and Fox Terrier Smooth, can inherit appearance traits from one or both of its parent breeds. The Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid can measure from 20.5 to 41 centimeters at the shoulders and weigh from 4 to 9 kilos. It can have a dense, double-layered coat, long and silky or dense, short, fine, flat, hard, rough and coarse, the most common colors being tricolor (white, black and shades of tan), black, brown, tan, white or brindle. The eyes may be dark and the nose black, with a pincer or scissor bite. Ears may be pendulous or V-shaped, folding forward. The body is solidly built, and the tail is set high and can curl over the back or be carried gaily without curling.

Temperament of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu is a hybrid mix of Shih Tzu and Fox Terrier Smooth and may have the temperament and personality traits of either or both of its parent breeds. Your hybrid may be affectionate, alert, energetic, friendly, gentle, independent, intelligent, loyal, playful, lively, social, outgoing, territorial and courageous. He will need to be properly socialized from an early age to ensure that he will be kind to children, the family cat, other dogs and strangers. He is intelligent and independent, which makes training moderately difficult due to his stubbornness at times. It is a moderately energetic canine that will need daily exercise for proper management of this energy. It can be frequently noisy, an important trait to remember if you live in a noise-restricted area. His personality and temperament make him a good choice for new or novice dog owners. It has a moderate tendency to chase and roam, so all owners will need to keep it on a leash when outside the house, fenced garden or other secure enclosure.

Needs and activities of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu is a moderately active dog who will need to exercise 1 to 2 hours a day to manage his energy. You can meet this need for exercise with several daily walks, play in a dog park or fenced yard, interactive games such as fetch, frisbee, flyball, indoor or outdoor search and find, agility and obedience training. He has a moderate tendency to wander and hunt, which is why it's important to keep him on a leash whenever he's outside the house, fenced garden or other safe enclosure, unless you feel like chasing him down the street, over hills and through streams in search of a small animal or strange scent that has caught his eye. His small size makes him perfect for apartment or condominium living, provided he's offered appropriate exercise opportunities. He can also live very well in a family home with or without a fenced yard, in an urban or rural environment in a temperate climate, provided that extra protection and precautions are available when temperatures are extreme, whether hot or cold.

Maintenance of the Smooth Fo-Tzu

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid falls into the moderate maintenance and shedding category. His coat may or may not be hypoallergenic, as only the Shih Tzu parent contributes to this characteristic. He will be a moderate barker, with moderate energy levels, moderate hunting and wandering tendencies. He is classified as a drooling, smelly dog. He should be brushed at least once a week, but the ultimate frequency will depend on which parent of the breed has the greatest influence in the biological mix. His ears should be checked weekly and cleaned with a cotton ball and a dog-approved ear cleaner, if necessary. Be sure to check and trim his nails at least once a month, unless he's able to keep them worn down by his normal exercise activities. His teeth should be brushed at home two or three times a week to help prevent the development of periodontal disease, which can lead to tooth loss.

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