Finding your Smooth Fox Terrier

by Vivienne Rainsbury
by Vivienne Rainsbury

The secretary of the Smooth Fox Terrier Association (See Committee Page) will be happy to provide you with a list of Smooth Fox Terrier Breeders who may know where there are some puppies for sale. However, breeders usually have a waiting list so you may have to be patient and wait a while to get one as most breeders produce only one or two litters a year. Smooth Fox Terrier people are Extremely helpful and are always willing to give guidance to prospective owners, especially if you are a first time buyer. Be prepared however, to answer questions designed to discover if you and a Smooth Fox Terrier are suitable for each other.

Care of your Smooth Puppy

Main Points to remember when bringing up your pup are:

  • He needs his own bed in a draught-free, quiet place where he can sleep. Young pups need plenty of rest.
  • He will miss his siblings for the first night or two. A hot water bottle wrapped safely in an old towel or blanket will be a comfort. Then harden your heart against his cries, unless you want a permanent sleeping companion for the rest of his life.
  • Young pups need to be fed four times a day. Advice on what kind of food he is used to will have been given to you by his breeder.
    Puppies themselves reduce the number of meals they require as they grow older.
  • Smooth Fox Terriers are bright and intelligent so house-training should not be too difficult. Take the pup into the garden at regular intervals (rain or shine) to the spot where you want him to 'go' and wait until he performs, then praise lavishly  and provide a tid-bit. Do Not 'rub his nose in it' when he makes a mistake. Say 'no' firmly and take him outside.
  • A pup's first trip out should be to the vet for a checkup and vaccination against diseases. Do not let the puppy mix with other dogs until at least a week after the course of vaccinations is completed.
  • The breeder will have wormed the pup and you will need to continue this at monthly intervals until he is six months old and then six monthly thereafter.
  • Puppies need toys to play with and items suitable for them to chew.
  • Be on your guard for dangers which lurk in your house, garage and garden : anti-freeze, slug pellets, fishponds and electric wires (a great chewing attraction).

Once you have owned and loved a Smooth Fox Terrier you will always have another