Smooth Jafox

8-15 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin
Smooth Fox Terrier

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.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Agility, Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Japanese Chin, Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Jafox Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Jafox size stats
Height: 10-14 inches Weight: 9-17 lbs
Female Smooth Jafox size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 8-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
  • Corneal Ulcer
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Heart Diseases and Disorders
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Skin Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Breathing Difficulties
Occasional Tests
  • Neurological Examination
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Biochemical Profile Tests
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Eye and Ear Examination

Smooth Jafox Breed History

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.

Smooth Jafox Breed Appearance

The Smooth Jafox's appearance may vary considerably depending on the dominant genetic influence of one or the other parent dog. Firstly, the coat can vary from smooth and short, to soft and long hair with fringing on the legs and tail courtesy of the Japanese Chin. Small in stature, it has a well proportioned almost boxy shaped body, with short legs (unless it inherits the long slender legs of the Smooth Fox Terrier). Even the head can vary from narrow with a pointed muzzle, to round in shape with a pushed in or short muzzle. But one thing will not change and that is their bright inquisitive eyes, round in shape with the color of deep amber to dark brown. Sparkling with life, they demonstrate a dog who loves life to the fullest. The ears need mentioning, and are either prick erect ears with a flopped top, or just long fringed floppy ears, while their tail is often fluffy and carried curled over their back. When it comes to the Smooth Jafox, it is almost a lottery what shape and color you get. Speaking of color, they are usually white with patches of color such as black, tan, red and brown.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Smooth Jafox eyes
amber Smooth Jafox eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smooth Jafox nose
Coat Color Possibilities
sable Smooth Jafox coat
fawn Smooth Jafox coat
brown Smooth Jafox coat
red Smooth Jafox coat
cream Smooth Jafox coat
white Smooth Jafox coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Smooth Jafox straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smooth Jafox Breed Maintenance

The Smooth Jafox requires moderate maintenance, which translates to brushing two to three times a week to keep your dog looking at its best. If your dog inherits the short coat it will take less maintenance than if it has the long fine coat, where it will need more regular brushing to avoid the coat matting. Shedding is minimal and regular brushing should take care of that. The ears are one area that can be prone to infections, so when you are grooming your dog, just check the inner ear and wipe it out gently with a soft damp cloth. Check the eyes for redness and weeping; keeping on top of these health prone areas means less visits to your veterinarian. Longer haired coats may require a bit of trimming around areas such as the eyes, and underarm areas where the hair can matt quite easily. Gently brush your dogs teeth with a special dog toothpaste which is made especially for them and is kinder than other non dog products. Then a quick nail clip and a cuddle and your Smooth Jafox will be ready for action.
Brushes for Smooth Jafox
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Smooth Jafox requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smooth Jafox Temperament

The parent dogs have distinctive natures which your Smooth Jafox will inherit either in full or at least partially. The Smooth Fox Terrier is a super charged action dog while the Japanese Chin dog is more mellow and laid back, being not as active which is a blessing to many owners. This calming trait ensures that the Smooth Jafox is a somewhat more relaxed dog who although they love to play, they also love to lay about especially on or beside you. Affectionate and loyal, they do have an independent nature, but are very responsive and loving to his family and known family friends. The Smooth Jafox may take a while to get to know new people, and often are quite reserved with them at first. They are a very intelligent dog, and respond well to training although they are quite sensitive in nature, so harsh words and tone of voice will only hinder training. If you use praise, rewards and lots of patting, then the teaching will be so much more effective. These small dogs love children although they are not so tolerant of naturally clumsy, noisy toddlers. These small dogs can be easily hurt unintentionally by awkward youngsters, and they may bite in  retaliation. The strong Terrier prey drive will be there in your Smooth Jafox, so keep this little rascal on a leash when out walking or they will be gone in an instant when they see a small fast critter. There will be no use calling them, as they won't hear you - the focus will be totally on the chase. To be safe, keep them on a lead to protect not only other small creatures, but the dog itself which will be blind to traffic in the heat of the moment. The Smooth Jafox is never boring to be with, they are full of fun, very affectionate, and loyal. These dogs make an ideal pet that is very adaptable to any environment including apartment living.

Smooth Jafox Activity Requirements

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.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Smooth Jafox Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $36.00
food bag monthly cost

Smooth Jafox Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
Female Smooth Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 5.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Smooth Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 13.5 inches Weight: 16.5 lbs
Female Smooth Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 14.5 lbs

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