Smooth Foxillon

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

Origin
Great Britain <> France and Belgium -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon is a small designer dog and a cross between a Continental Toy Spaniel (Papillon) and a Smooth Fox Terrier. He can live up to 16 years and is a playful, inquisitive dog with a big-dog attitude. He loves being with his family and gets on well with children, although younger children will need to be closely supervised and taught not to be too rough when playing with the dog. Early socialization and training will help your pet get along with the other dogs and cats in the house, as he can be a little bossy and unafraid, even with much larger dogs. These are intelligent dogs who will respond to training. The most common colors are white, black and tan, brown, red and sable. The coat is generally silky and dense, and can be short or long and feathery.

History of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon is a hybrid breed developed by crossing a Continental Toy Spaniel with a Smooth Fox Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Fox Terrier Smooth

        
The Smooth Fox Terrier's ancestors are thought to be Black and Tan Terriers, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. They were crossed with wire-haired Fox Terriers and were at one time considered a single breed. The Fox Terrier Smooth was developed in the 1700s in England for fox hunting. The Fox Terrier Club of England was founded in 1876. It is thought to have arrived in the United States in 1879, and the American Fox Terrier Club was founded in 1885. The American Kennel Club recognized the Fox Terrier Smooth and Fox Terrier Wirehaired as separate breeds in 1985. Smooth Fox Terriers are not very common, although they are still used for hunting and showing.
Standard of the Fox Terrier Smooth

 

        

A little of the Continental Toy Spaniel

The dogs were named Papillon for their ears, which spread out like butterfly wings. Some believe the Papillon is the modern version of the Continental Toy Spaniels and Toy Spaniels found in Europe in the 1200s. Those with floppy ears or butterfly ears are known as Continental Toy Spaniels. Although developed in France, these little dogs were also popular in Spain and Italy. Italian breeders are said to have transported them by mule to the court of Louis XIV. They were popular with royalty, and Marie-Antoinette is said to have owned a dog called Coco, which she took with her to the guillotine. Coco is said to have survived the Revolution and lived to the age of 22.
Standard of the Continental Toy Spaniel

Appearance of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon is a small hybrid breed that weighs between 3 and 7 kilos and grows to 30.5 kilos. The most common colors are white, black and tan, brown, red and sable. The coat is often silky and dense, and can be short or long and feathery. Your dog may have the butterfly-like fringed wings of the Continental Toy Spaniel or the smooth ears of the Fox Terrier Smooth, which may be straight or droop forward. The tail is often furry and carried over the back. Smooth Fox Terriers used to have their tails docked, but this practice is illegal in many countries. The eyes are small and dark, and the nose is black.

Temperament of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon is a playful, adventurous dog that enjoys spending time with its family. They are ideal for families with older children who know how to behave around dogs. He can play for hours with older children and enjoys activities that stimulate him mentally and physically. With early socialization and training, the Smooth Foxillon gets along well with other dogs and even cats, but may chase pets like rabbits or guinea pigs due to its hunting ancestry. These alert dogs will bark at strangers, but are not at all aggressive. They are good watchdogs, but can be prone to excessive barking, which should be stopped at an early age in case it becomes a problem. They are also known to dig if bored, so the best solution is to make sure they get enough exercise. They are very energetic and easy to train, and love to take part in activities such as dog sports.

Needs and activities of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon may be small, but it's a very active dog that needs plenty of exercise. Daily walks are a good idea, and he'll love running around in a fenced garden to expend his excess energy. He can adapt to an apartment, but would prefer a house with a garden. Your pet may try to dig under a fence, so make sure it's secure and he's not left alone for long periods, which could lead to boredom. The Fox Terrier Smooth is known to occasionally pick fights with other dogs, while the Papillon is friendlier, so it will depend on which parent breed your dog is most inspired by. Early socialization will enable him to feel at ease with other dogs.

Maintenance of the Smooth Foxillon

The Smooth Foxillon is fairly easy to care for, as it doesn't shed much and only needs weekly brushing to stay beautiful. Even if your dog has the longer hair and feathers of the Papillon, it's easy to care for because it doesn't tend to tangle. For long-haired dogs, you can call in a professional groomer for an occasional trim. These dogs are not known for having a strong dog smell, so bathing should only be done when necessary. Brush teeth daily to keep them in good condition, and check ears for signs of infection. Nails can be trimmed if necessary.

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