Smooth Foxton

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

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

A brief presentation of the Smooth Foxton

The Smooth Foxton is a small designer dog and a cross between a Fox Terrier Smooth and a Boston Terrier. Its average lifespan is 15 years. He's an intelligent, lively dog who makes a loyal and affectionate pet. He's great with children, but can be a bit of a fighter with other dogs, especially those of the same sex. Early socialization and training will help solve this problem, especially in multi-dog households. As Terriers, they can chase cats and other small animals that they may perceive as prey. They make good watchdogs, but are not aggressive towards humans. They are energetic dogs who like to be surrounded by their family. They love food and eat everything they can, so be careful not to let your pet put on weight. Common colors are black, white, tan and brindle. They are easy to groom thanks to their short, dense and smooth coat.

History of the Smooth Foxton

The Smooth Foxton is a hybrid breed, a cross between a Smooth Fox Terrier and a Boston Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Fox Terrier Smooth

        
Fox Terrier Smooths were bred to run with packs of Foxhounds in 18th-century England. They were sometimes carried in a sack by one of the mounted hunters known as the "terrier man". At the time, most Terrier-type dogs capable of bringing a fox out of its burrow were called Fox Terriers, and hunters preferred to use white dogs so as not to confuse the dog with a fox. The Fox Terrier Smooth was also used to hunt and retrieve birds and track deer. Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles are among their ancestors. The Fox Terrier Smooth and Fox Terrier Wirehaired were originally considered to be one and the same breed, but have been considered separate breeds since 1985. The main differences are in coat and head shape, the smooth being more V-shaped. The smooth was skilled at performing tricks, making it popular with show troops and circuses.
Standard of the Fox Terrier Smooth

 

        

A little of the Boston Terrier

A dog called Nipper, originally from Bristol, England, served as the model for a painting by Francis Barraud entitled "La voix de son maître", which shows a black and white Terrier peering into the horn of a phonograph. With its tuxedo-like markings, the Boston Terrier is often referred to as the "American Gentleman". Originally, the intention was to breed the dog for pit fighting - a far cry from the affectionate, child-friendly dog it is today. They first appeared in the U.S. around 1870, when William O'Brien of Boston sold a dog named Judge to Robert C. Hooper, also of Boston. Boston Terriers are thought to be a cross between an English Bulldog and a white English Terrier, and are known for snoring and growling. They were originally classified as Bull Terriers in competition, but in 1891, when the Boston Terrier Club of America was founded, the name was changed to Boston Terrier, taking the name of the city where the breed originated.
Standard of the Boston Terrier

Appearance of the Smooth Foxton

The Smooth Foxton is a small, compact dog weighing up to 11.5 kilos and measuring up to 38 centimeters. The most common colors are black, white, tan and brindle, and their coat is short, dense and smooth. They can have the tuxedo pattern of the Boston Terrier or be predominantly white with black and tan markings. The Fox Terrier Smooth has a long, smooth face, while the Boston Terrier has a short, stocky face, so the Smooth Foxton is probably somewhere in between. Its dark eyes can be somewhat protruding, and its ears can be erect or folded forward over its face. His legs are sturdy and he has a fiery, determined gait.

Temperament of the Smooth Foxton

Smooth Foxtons are affectionate and protective, and love nothing more than the company of their family. They don't like to be alone, and can suffer from separation anxiety. So he'd do best in a family where someone is at home most of the time, or with an active retired senior. They are great with children but can be difficult with other dogs and have been known to provoke fights. Early training and socialization will help avoid this. They are known to bark to warn you of strangers, which makes them good watchdogs, but not aggressive dogs. They are intelligent dogs, so easy to train, and respond best to praise and positive reinforcement. Treats are also effective, as they love food, but make sure they are healthy. Keeping your dog mentally and physically stimulated is the best way to avoid bad behavior such as digging or barking. These are energetic, fun-loving dogs who love to play.

Needs and activities of the Smooth Foxton

Like all Terriers, the Smooth Foxton is active and lively, and will always be on the move. He'll love a daily walk, follow you on a hike and spend hours chasing a ball. It's a good thing he's so active because he loves to eat, which helps him keep his weight down and stay fit and healthy. They'll love having a garden to run around in, but can adapt to apartment living as long as they get out and exercise every day. They can be sensitive to heat and cold. So make sure that exercise sessions take place early in the morning or in the evening, and don't leave them outside when the temperature drops.

Maintenance of the Smooth Foxton

When it comes to grooming, the Smooth Foxton is one of the easiest dogs to care for. They don't shed much, and a weekly brushing is more than enough to keep them looking well-groomed and to remove loose hair. They don't have a strong dog odor, so a bath is only necessary occasionally. Daily tooth brushing is a good habit to get into to prevent dental disease and keep breath fresh. Check your dog's ears every week for dirt or signs of infection. If your dog doesn't wear out his nails with normal exercise, you should trim them if necessary.

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