Smooth Foxy Russell

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

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

A brief presentation of the Smooth Foxy Russell

The Smooth Foxy Russell is a new breed of hybrid dog, the result of crossing the Fox Terrier Smooth with the Jack Russell Terrier. The result is a small, dynamic dog with energy to spare. Quick on their feet, these little turbo engines can turn on a dime and go from standstill to top speed in a matter of seconds. They are alert, intelligent, independent, affectionate and loyal. True to Terrier nature, these little rascals are full of curiosity, which can sometimes get them into trouble. They're territorial and brave - it seems no one has explained to them that they're a small dog and shouldn't attack larger animals. For a Smooth Foxy Russell, they think they're huge, so they act big. You may have to rescue your dog from a sticky situation more than once - a situation he instigated. But it's hard not to love these cute little dogs. Yes, they can be difficult to train, unless they find it fun and want to be trained. It's not that they're not smart, far from it. It's just that they want to do things their own way. Affectionate and great fun, these happy little dogs are ideal family pets, although they're more suited to older children. If you pull his tail or ears, or tease him by taking his toys or food, he may bite or hurt you. He won't tolerate this kind of thing, so older children who are aware of it are more suitable. The Smooth Foxy Russell has a strong propensity for hunting, so keep him on a leash when out walking. If he smells or sees something he considers prey, he'll go after it, unless you keep him on a leash. Although they can test your patience with their independent nature, they're easy to forgive when they snuggle up to you and look lovingly into your expressive round eyes.

History of the Smooth Foxy Russell

The Smooth Foxy Russell is a new hybrid dog for which little is known about its development. Hence the need to look at the history of the parent dogs to learn more about their pasts, the Fox Terrier Smooth and the Jack Russell Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Fox Terrier Smooth

        
The Fox Terrier Smooth is one of the oldest Terrier-type dogs, developed in England in the 17th century to help hunters combat animals that prey on livestock, such as foxes and rats. The Dachshund, Fox Hound and Beagle have all played a part in its development. The Fox Terrier Smooth chased its prey to the ground and dug, barked and lashed out until it chased the harassed creature out of its burrow. The hunter would then dispose of the animal. Originally, the Fox Terrier had two distinct coats, one smooth, the other wirehaired, and both were considered the same breed for a long time. It was in 1876 that the Fox Terrier Smooth standard was established, separating it from the wire-haired variety. Since then, there has been debate, with some claiming that they are still the same breed, but with different coats. The American Kennel Club recognized the Fox Terrier Smooth in 1885. While the debate still rages among dog fanciers, the Fox Terrier Smooth remains a popular Terrier, full of personality and devoted to his masters, even if he likes to do things his own way. They excel at hunting, tracking, agility and tricks, and make good watchdogs.
Standard of the Fox Terrier Smooth

 

        

A little of the Jack Russell Terrier

The Jack Russell Terrier was developed in the 1800s as a working dog, particularly for fox hunting, where these energetic dogs flushed out foxes with their regular barking so the hunter could exterminate them. They have a strong hunting instinct and will rid your property of any mice or rats foolish enough to approach these energetic, enthusiastic dogs. Reverend John Russell's kennel was known for the best strain of these Terriers in England. The standard of the Jack Russell Terrier varies widely, and this has been the subject of lively debate in recent years. The longer-legged Jack Russell Terrier was called the Parson Russell Terrier, while the shorter-legged dogs were simply called the Jack Russell Terrier. In America, the short-legged Jack Russell is the most popular dog, but the long-legged dog is the breed officially recognized as the Jack Russell Terrier. But whatever the leg length, these charismatic little dogs have gained in popularity thanks to their appearances on series such as "Frasier" and the children's show "Wishbone". Intelligent, quick to learn if it suits him, and a true artist, the Jack Russell Terrier is a spirited, active and lovable dog.
Standard of the Jack Russell Terrier

Appearance of the Smooth Foxy Russell

The Smooth Foxy Russell's body is well proportioned, with a short body, supple, narrow chest and medium-sized or short legs, depending on the genetics it inherits from its parents. Although the legs are slender, they are robust and strong. The tail is of medium length, thicker where it joins the body and tapering to a point at the tip. The neck is fairly muscular, supporting the elegant, tapering head. The top of the head is slightly rounded, with well-placed, triangular-shaped ears that are held upright but fall over the top. The muzzle is long and narrow, with the teeth meeting in a scissor shape. The nose is black and shiny, with wide nostrils. It's the eyes that say it all: round, dark and expressive, they hint at their mischievous nature, and the way they tilt their heads when they listen to you only accentuates their playfulness. Their coats can be smooth or rough, and their bodies are usually white with black, tan or brown markings. The Smooth Foxy Russell is a handsome little dog, full of charisma and personality.

Temperament of the Smooth Foxy Russell

Generally small to medium in size, the Smooth Foxy Russell is quite a personality, living life to the full and independent by nature. High-spirited and with a thirst for life at full speed, they need an active family who can keep pace with this amazing dog. Coming from a hunting background, they are predisposed to instinctively pursue fast-moving animals as prey. Yet, bred with other pets like cats, they can form a strong bond of friendship. Unfortunately, this may not apply to the neighbor's cat, so make sure this little demon is confined to its own yard with a very sturdy fence. They make excellent family pets, and children especially love them because they can play all day without getting tired. Smooth Foxy Russells make good watchdogs, expressing their displeasure when strangers appear in very vocal terms. This is a happy-go-lucky dog, but it's not for everyone. Because of their independent nature and willingness to do things their own way, they can be difficult to train, unless you're an experienced handler. There's no point getting frustrated and shouting at the dog when it doesn't cooperate - it will only make the situation worse and the dog will win the battle. Be patient, praise him and give him small treats to make him feel good, and you'll see that the training goes well. Make sure that training is interesting and fun for the dog. They can easily lose concentration if they have to do the same thing over and over again. Challenge their intelligence with agility or hunting activities, use toys where they have to figure out how to get that delicious treat they smell, and you'll find that training will be much more fun for both of you. These dogs are a challenge for owners, but they're such clowns and have such great personalities that it's worth getting annoyed once in a while. Strong, experienced dog owners are best suited to this feisty canine.

Needs and activities of the Smooth Foxy Russell

The Smooth Foxy Russell is a typical Terrier, who needs to be on the move most of the time. It's natural to play with him, and he'll be the last one standing at the end of the game. Water play is hilarious with these little dynamos, you'll get wet somehow as they use you as a towel when they jump out of the water. Long leashed walks, so they don't run off after what they see as prey or curiosity, are perfect for expending some of that energy. They'll love to get out and meet people, but make sure they don't take advantage of big dogs who don't necessarily want to be pushed around by a small dog. If you make training fun, he'll cooperate and enjoy the process. Mix up the exercises every day so they don't get bored, and keep them stimulating. They love to solve puzzles or search for objects. New tricks are easily assimilated by this dog as long as you don't try to force him or get impatient with him. They are independent little souls and can switch off if you go down this road. Use praise and treats to appeal to their vanity, and they'll respond willingly.

Maintenance of the Smooth Foxy Russell

The Smooth Foxy Russell is easy to care for. His coat can be smooth or rough, but he sheds very little and only needs a good brushing once or twice a week. When brushing, make sure there are no cuts or small wounds that could start to become infected. These lively little dogs are very curious and can slip into tight corners, which can lead to injury. They won't tell you, so be sure to watch for signs of infection. They're easy to bathe, but don't need it often. Perhaps it's when the white coat gets a little muddy or smells a little doggy that they need a bath. Using a special dog shampoo, specially formulated for your dog's skin, will help prevent skin allergies. Afterwards, a good towel-dry and brushing will restore his elegance. Ears should be checked weekly to ensure they're in good health. These areas are prone to infection and may need gentle cleaning with a soft cloth and a special cleaning fluid supplied by the vet. Then, if he sits still long enough, a good teeth brushing followed by nail trimming will complete the grooming program.

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