Smooth Fo-Tzu

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9-19 lbs
Possibly United States
Shih Tzu
Smooth Fox Terrier
Shih Tzu, Smooth Fox Terrier mix
The Smooth Fo-Tzu is a hybrid mix of the Shih Tzu and Smooth Fox Terrier.  This hybrid combines the gentle, docile intelligence of the Shih Tzu with the plucky, focused intelligence of the Smooth Fox Terrier, resulting in a mix that is truly one full of love, tolerance and spunk which will entertain you for years to come.  Though originally bred with differing purposes, that of companion (the Shih Tzu) and that of hunting (the Fox Terrier), today, they make wonderful family pets and companions in any home.  And...this one will absolutely love to display his lap-sitting talents and techniques whenever and wherever possible.
Date of Origin
Shih Tzu, Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fo-Tzu Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats
Height: 8-16 inches Weight: 9-19 lbs
Female Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats
Height: 8-16 inches Weight: 9-19 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Eyelid Defects
  • Eye Diseases and Disorders
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Urolithiasis
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Ear Tests and Myringotomy Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • Full Chemistry Panel Tests and Blood Count
  • Various Blood Testing Modalities
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)
  • X-rays of various parts of the skeletal system
  • Dental and Oral Examinations

Smooth Fo-Tzu Breed History

The Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid is a mix of the Shih Tzu and the Smooth Fox Terrier.  This is a fairly new hybrid and there is no information available on the hybrid itself, so we'll have to get our background from that of the parent breeds.  Since there is also no information on the where and when of origin of this hybrid, it is probably safe to assume that it was developed in the United States, sometime in the late 1900's or early 2000's when interest in combining pure breeds for various reasons became more popular.  The Shih Tzu parent breed originated in China and can be traced back several thousand years to images depicted in paintings, drawings and sculptures found to date back at least 2000 years.  The Shih Tzu is a breed which was bred solely for companionship purposes and was treasured by the imperial families of China, at one time, being forbidden to be sold or owned by commoners or foreigners.  The breed was nearly destroyed during the early period of the Chinese Communist Regime and only survived, ironically, by WW II and the introduction of the breed to the British and Americans, who brought them to their respective countries, prospering the breed.  The Shih Tzu was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 where it is the 20th most popular breed in their registry.  The Smooth Fox Terrier, also known as Fox Terrier, Smooth-Coated Fox Terrier, the Smooth-Haired Fox Terrier or SFT, originated in the United Kingdom in about the 17th century.  It was bred to go to ground and flush fox from their dens during the British foxhunts of that era.  The once very popular sport of fox hunting has since been banned in the U.K. but the breed's popularity continues in the U.K. and in United States as a companion canine with some hunting still being done in some areas.  The Smooth Fox Terrier breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 where it is the 124th most popular breed in their registry.  No official club or organizational recognition could be found for the Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid.

Smooth Fo-Tzu Breed Appearance

The Smooth Fo-Tzu, a hybrid mix of the Shih Tzu and the Smooth Fox Terrier, can inherit the appearance traits of one or both parent breeds.  The Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid can stand 8 to 16 inches tall at the shoulders and weigh 9 to 19 pounds.  He can have a coat which is dense, double layered, long and silky or it can be dense, short, fine, flat, hard, harsh and rough, the most common colors being tricolor (white, black and shades of tan), black, brown, tan, white or brindle.  His eyes can be dark and his nose black with a bite that can be under shot or scissors.  His ears can be pendant or v-shaped, folding forward, his body will be sturdily built with a tail that is set high and may curl over the back or be carried gaily without a curl.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Smooth Fo-Tzu eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smooth Fo-Tzu nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brindle Smooth Fo-Tzu coat
white Smooth Fo-Tzu coat
brown Smooth Fo-Tzu coat
black Smooth Fo-Tzu coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Smooth Fo-Tzu straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smooth Fo-Tzu Breed Maintenance

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid falls into the moderate category for maintenance and shedding.  The coat may or may not be hypoallergenic as the Shih Tzu parent is the only contributor of this trait.  He will a moderate barker, with moderate energy levels, moderate hunting and wandering tendencies.  He falls into the low category for drooling and doggy smell.  He will need to be brushed at least once a week, but the ultimate frequency will depend upon which breed parent has the greatest influence in the bio mix.  His ears will need to be checked weekly, cleaning them with a cotton ball and an approved canine ear wash as needed.  Be sure to check and trim his toenails at least once a month unless he is able to keep them worn down with his normal exercise activities.  His teeth should be brushed at home two or three times a week to help to prevent the development of periodontal disease which can lead to tooth loss.  He will need to have 1 to 2 hours daily of exercise to manage his moderate energy levels.
Brushes for Smooth Fo-Tzu
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Smooth Fo-Tzu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smooth Fo-Tzu Temperament

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu hybrid is a hybrid mix of the Shih Tzu and the Smooth Fox Terrier and can have the temperament and personality traits of either or both parent breeds.  Your hybrid can be affectionate, alert, energetic, friendly, gentle, independent, intelligent, loving, loyal, playful, lively, social, outgoing, sweet, territorial and courageous.  He will need to be appropriately socialized at a young age to ensure that he will be good with the kids, the family cat, other dogs and strangers.  He is intelligent and independent, making training moderately difficult due to his sometimes stubbornness.  He is a moderately energetic canine who will need to be exercised daily for appropriate management of this energy.  He can be  frequent baker, an important trait to remember if you live in a noise restricted area.  His personality and temperament make him a good fit for new or novice dog owners.  He has a moderate hunting and wandering tendency, so all owners will need to keep him on leash whenever he is outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure.

Smooth Fo-Tzu Activity Requirements

Your Smooth Fo-Tzu is a moderately active canine who will need to be exercised 1 to 2 hours daily to manage this energy.  That exercise requirement can be met with several daily walks, playtime in the dog park or fenced yard, interactive games of fetch, Frisbee, flyball, seek and find (inside or outside), agility and obedience training and practice.  He has a moderate tendency to wander and to hunt, making it important to keep him on leash whenever he is outside the house, fenced yard or other safe enclosure...that is... unless it is your desire to chase him down the street, over the hills and through the streams in pursuit of that small animal or strange scent which has gotten his attention.  His small size makes him perfect for apartment or condo living, as long as appropriate exercise opportunities are provided him.  He can also live quite nicely in a family home with or without a fenced yard, in an urban or rural setting in a temperate climate, providing additional protections and precautions are available to him when temperatures are extreme, either hotter or colder.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Smooth Fo-Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Smooth Fo-Tzu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
Female Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 10 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 14 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Female Smooth Fo-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 14 lbs

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