The Smooth Jafox is the result of cross breeding a Smooth Fox Terrier with a Japanese Chin dog. What you get is a small lively dog who makes an ideal companion. The Japanese Chin genetics temper the Smooth Fox Terriers independent character, making the Smooth Jafox a dog who is more easy going in nature, devoted to the family, and less hyperactive taking the time to sit and snuggle on your lap if possible. They do tend to chase after birds or butterflies so make sure if you have a yard that it is securely fenced. While appearance can vary considerably between litter mates, they are an attractive dog, perky and proud and love to play. The Smooth Jafox inherits an almost cat like ability to climb (you will often find him perched on the high back of the sofa) and he is light and graceful on his feet. These dogs are friendly with other animals, and get on well with older children. That's not to say they don't like little toddlers, its just they can be sensitive to quick movements and loud noises that are characteristic of small people and can become stressed. They are highly intelligent dogs, and learn quickly. Their natural tendency to want to please can sometimes give way to a streak of stubbornness (a genetic trait from the Smooth Fox Terrier). But overall, they are a fun loving, friendly sociable dog who makes for an ideal family companion.
The Smooth Jafox is a new hybrid breed of dog. There is limited information available about its development, therefore to find out about its history, we must look to the parent breeds. The Smooth Fox Terrier origins are based in England in the 18th Century. Terriers were classified back then as any dog that was quick enough and small enough to bolt a fox from his hole or burrow. The hunters didn't care what type of Terrier was used, as long as it did its job. These small hunting Terriers were often carried in a special bag that was carried by the 'terrier man'. On other hunts the Terrier followed along behind the bigger hounds, and were brought up as they were needed to flush out the fox. The Smooth Fox Terrier has excelled as a hunting dog not only for the fox, but they have been used to hunt and retrieve birds, and even to track deer. Full of enthusiasm and with an independent nature, the Smooth Fox Terrier is recognised throughout the world as a sporting terrier. Today this feisty small dog excels as a trick dog, and has added circus work to their portfolio. They are famous as the black and white dog portrayed in the painting 'His Master's Voice' by Francis Barraud which shows a Terrier looking into the horn of a phonograph. The rights to this painting are now owned by RCA as of 1929. Clever, agile, active and affectionate, the Smooth Fox Terrier is dog who will suit an active family. The Japanese Chin is an ancient toy breed thought to have evolved from the Tibetan Spaniel. During some of the finds of ancient pottery and in Chinese temples, a dog that looks much like the Japanese Chin has been depicted. Originally from China, these small dogs were very popular with the royal family and it has been said that the Chinese Emperor gifted a pair of these dogs to the Japanese Emperor. Although earlier history is sketchy about this noble little dog, the first European records date back to the 1600s. The records state that Princess Catherine of Braganza was gifted some Japanese Chins as a special gift from the Portuguese sailors who visited back then. Queen Victoria was also given a pair of chin by Admiral Commodore Perry after his warships visited Japan. The Japanese Chin dog was almost destroyed during World War 1, as they were either killed through the war, or lost their owners and starved. The Japanese earthquakes only compounded their demise, with the breed struggling to survive both natural and human inflicted disaster. When the first Japanese Chin arrive in America ( a date which is unknown) they were called Japanese Spaniels but in 1977 this little dog was finally recognised as the Japanese Chin by the American Kennel Club. A true survivor, this small dog with the sweet disposition has made a comeback in popularity, and makes a loving companion and is adaptable as it is affectionate.
The Smooth Jafox has average exercise requirements. While they do love to go for a walk and explore their neighborhood, they are equally happy to just chill out snuggled up next to or upon you. But a daily walk will be good for their health and will help with their socialising. If your Jafox has the short muzzle of the parent Japanese Chin, be careful not to exercise them in the extreme heat of the day as it could cause heat stroke or breathing difficulties. These dogs are notorious for climbing up high on furniture or steps and can launch themselves into space when they see you, expecting you to catch them. Naturally this may cause injury to young dogs as they miscalculate the distance. Be aware of this trait and it will save you a lot of heartache. The Smooth Jafox is good to train, they like to please so will do all they can to do what you ask. They may not always get it right though, so patience is important.