Smooth Fox Pinscher

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

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

A brief presentation of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

The Smooth Fox Pinscher is an intentional hybrid, the result of crossing a capable and intense ratter developed in Germany, the Miniature Pinscher, with an English hunting dog used specifically to flush foxes from their dens and burrows, the Fox Terrier Smooth. The result is an active little dog with intense curiosity and hunting instinct. These small dogs can adapt very well to an apartment-type environment if they receive adequate training and socialization to limit their aggression towards other animals and control their barking. The Smooth Fox Pinscher is still a relatively uncommon hybrid. It can therefore be difficult to find a reputable breeder at the moment.

History of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

The Fox Terrier Smooth is a dog by design, the combination of the Dwarf Pinscher, a highly skilled ratter originally from Germany, and the Fox Terrier Smooth, an English dog designed to flush foxes from their dens and burrows.

 

        

A little of the Fox Terrier Smooth

        
The Fox Terrier has a complicated past. Originally, Fox Terriers Smooth and Wirehaired were considered a single breed and were registered and exhibited together for over a century, but most experts now believe that the two breeds had very different origins. According to the prevailing theory, the ancestors of the Fox Terrier Smooth were probably Black and Tan Terriers or Wirehaired Terriers from Derbyshire, Durham and Wales, while the ancestors of the Fox Terrier Smooth were more numerous and came from several dogs, including the Bull Terrier, Greyhound, Beagle and Black and Tan Terrier. Because of this confusion, Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers were frequently interbred, and today's Wire Fox Terriers are likely to have some Smooth Fox Terrier ancestors, and Smooth Fox Terriers are also likely to have some Wire Fox Terriers in their history.
Standard of the Fox Terrier Smooth

 

        

A little of the Miniature Pinscher

While the Miniature Pinscher looks very much like a miniaturized version of the Dobermann, the Miniature Pinscher is actually the older of the two breeds, by at least a century or two, although both are thought to be descended from the old German Standard Pinscher. While Miniature Pinschers remained virtually unknown outside Germany until the late 1800s, they were used to rid German farms and homes of rats and other small vermin for several centuries before that, as paintings, sculptures and written accounts attest. The first breed standard for this dog was established in 1895, when the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub was founded, and once the First World War was over, Miniature Pinschers were imported to the USA. The American Kennel Club first recognized this little dog under the name Min-Pin and initially classified it as a Terrier, then shortly afterwards reclassified it as a Toy. It remained in this category from 1929 until 1972, when it was renamed the Miniature Pinscher in the United States.
Standard of the Miniature Pinscher

Appearance of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

The Smooth Fox Pinscher is typically a small dog, just over 30.5 centimeters at the shoulder, with a compact, well-balanced appearance. Their skull is flat on top and tapers towards the muzzle, although those who prefer the Smooth Fox Terrier have a longer, broader muzzle and those who prefer the Dwarf Pinscher have a narrower, more defined muzzle. His eyes are generally dark brown and oval or round in shape, and his ears are set high on his head and usually fold forward or slightly to the side at about half-ear level, although they can be held completely erect when he stands at attention, although they can vary in size from the fairly small ears of the Fox Terrier Smooth to the proportionately much larger ears of the Miniature Pinscher. While some dogs prefer the predominantly white coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier, others may inherit darker coat colors or distinct markings from their parent breed, the Miniature Pinscher.

Temperament of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

The Smooth Fox Terrier is described as one of the most intense and impulsive Terriers, and the Miniature Pinscher is described as one of the most intense and active toy breeds, so it's no surprise that the Smooth Fox Pinscher is an intense, active dog. He's generally quite good with small children if socialized with them from an early age, but he's really a better companion for adults and older children due to his sometimes possessive and bossy nature. Because of his hunting heritage, this crossbred is likely to be particularly hard on his toys, especially squeaky ones, and has an extremely high hunting instinct. This is not a dog to be left off-leash or in the yard unsupervised, as its intense hunting instinct can send it over or under a fence without the slightest hesitation. Although these dogs are intelligent, they can also be stubborn and have a mischievous sense of humor, which can make them much more difficult to train. Training and socialization should start as early as possible to prevent problem behaviors from developing.

Needs and activities of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

This dog has a high energy level but needs only a moderate amount of exercise, partly due to its small size. They're generally happiest and healthiest if they get an hour's exercise a day, which can include activities such as walking, playing ball and even agility training. Indoors, they also tend to be quite active, and it's a good idea to provide them with a number of toys to keep them entertained, to prevent boredom turning them destructive. Through training and socialization, these dogs can often be taught to be calm enough to live peacefully in an apartment.

Maintenance of the Smooth Fox Pinscher

Smooth Fox Pinschers generally have an extremely simple grooming program. Baths are rarely necessary, especially if the dog is regularly wiped with a simple warm, damp washcloth. Although these dogs can make do with weekly brushing with a long-haired brush or grooming glove, their moderate shedding is better controlled and their coats are more likely to stay supple and shiny when brushed several times a week. His folded ears also need to be kept clean and dry, and should be checked regularly to ensure they don't become infected. If you brush your hybrid's teeth several times a week, you'll avoid costly dental bills in the future. Also, trim his nails once or twice a month.

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