The Smooth Toy Foxter is a small dog with a big personality, and the typical active lifestyle of the terrier breed. The cross breeding of the Smooth Fox Terrier with the Toy Fox Terrier retains the personality of the Fox Terrier but comes in the smaller size courtesy of the influence of the Toy Fox Terrier. The Smooth Toy Foxter is curious, alert and tough for its size. Coming from a working dog background, it retains its hunting instincts and will chase after mice and small animals. Therefore it is advisable to keep this little action packed Terrier on a leash when out walking, just in case something takes his eye and he bolts after it. They tend to practise selective hearing when this happens and all your commands will fall on deaf ears. Their small size is perfect for any home, whether its a house with a fenced yard, or a small apartment. The Smooth Toy Foxter is adaptable and will adjust to any home as long as you are there with it. They are very intelligent dogs, and learn very quickly. Eager to please, they can pick up new tricks easily. Lovable and loyal, this happy dog will be fun to have around, and makes an ideal family pet. Being a small dog, they can be hurt easily so teach children to be careful handling them, especially when they are a puppy. Apart from that, this little dog with the big happy attitude is sure to make life a whole lot of fun.
The Toy Smooth Foxter is a new hybrid breed therefore we must look to the history of the parent dogs for clues to their development and characteristics. The Toy Fox Terrier has been around for a long time, probably the best part of a century where it was first known as a small working dog on the farm, used to control rats and vermin from the barns and grain storage. It was developed by breeding the smaller Smooth Fox Terriers with several other toy breeds to achieve the smaller stature. Breeds such as the Chihuahua and the Manchester Terrier were used to reduce the size of the breed. However, the breeders found that the characteristics of these smaller terriers were not a good fit for the dog they were trying to achieve, so they reverted to breeding only smaller Smooth Fox Terriers. The first Toy Fox Terriers were registered in England in 1936, and then in the United States of America in 2003. A typical terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier is popular as a companion dog but retains the strong hunting instincts of its working history and will chase after anything that moves. This toy sized version of the popular Fox Terrier has a dedicated group of followers, and is popular in the small dog category because of its feisty personality. The Smooth Fox Terrier is just a (slightly) larger version of the Toy Fox Terrier. It is one of the most ancient terrier type of dogs that originated in the British Isles in the 17th Century. Originally the Fox Terrier was developed by crossbreeding with the Dachshunds, and later the Fox Hound and the Beagle. The Smooth Fox Terrier was a working dog, enthusiastically eradicating rats, foxes and vermin that plagued the farmers stock. The Fox Terrier would find the animal in the ground, and would dig it out while barking and lunging at it to chase it out where the hunter could then kill it. The Fox Terrier came in two different styles of coat, the smooth hair and the wirehaired version and both were considered the same breed for many years. The hardier wirehaired dog was used in rough country where its tougher coat could withstand the climate. The Smooth Fox Terrier standard was established in 1876 which separated it from the wirehaired dogs. Debate still rages amongst dog clubs that it is still the same dog, just a variation of coat. But the American Kennel Club recognised the Smooth Fox Terrier in 1885. Known for their ability to hunt, track, and excel at agility and performing tricks, this attractive little dog is a popular companion and tough character with a big heart.