Are you searching for a dog that’s small and spunky? Would you prefer a dog that has tons of energy? If so, you may want to consider the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier!
The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier is a relatively new dog breed, so it’s possible you may not have heard about this one before. And that’s OK! This was also a new one for us!
If you’d like to learn more about this dog breed, read on. We’ve gathered information about these small dogs so you can determine if this is the right dog for your and your family. Let’s get started!
What is a Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier?
The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier is a hybrid dog breed that’s the result of crossing a Smooth Fox Terrier and an American Rat Terrier. This is a relatively new hybrid dog breed, so not much is known about its history. However, we can learn more about these dogs by taking a quick look at both purebred parents.
Quick Overview of The Smooth Fox Terrier
Smooth Fox Terriers were originally developed as fox-hunting dogs in England in the 18th century. However, today, these small, energetic dogs are beloved family companions. While they’re not used as much for hunting these days, this dog breed continues to have a strong prey drive.
These small dogs have a ton of energy and are courageous. And they love to play with kids. This is a dog that can play with active kids all day long! The dogs are very loyal to their families, but they can be somewhat aggressive with other dogs. Smooth Fox Terriers may even pick a fight on occasion. However, if the dogs have been trained and socialized, they are better behaved with other dogs.
This is a dog that has plenty of self-confidence. They’re also very curious about their environment and love to explore. Their love for roaming is legendary, so it’s recommended to always keep a Smooth Fox Terrier on the leash. These dogs also excel at dog sports, and they learn quickly.
American Rat Terrier
The American Rat Terrier was developed in the US, where they were raised to be farm dogs and hunters. This is a highly intelligent dog that needs plenty of training and socialization. They can also have some bad habits; however, they still make wonderful family companions.
The American Rat Terrier is an excellent farm and watchdog. They are great at getting rid of pests and vermin on the farm. These dogs also have the same features as other Terriers; they can be stubborn, they love to dig, and more. The “and more” you might say is that this is a Houdini dog! American Rat Terriers are great escape artists and do what’s necessary to get out of the yard. This may include digging under the fence, climbing over the fence, and much more!
These great dogs can also be somewhat stubborn, making them more challenging to train. So, American Rat Terriers are not recommended for inexperienced pet parents.
With parents like these, how could a Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier go wrong? Well, we’ll leave that for later!
Smooth Foxy Rat Terriers usually stand between 14 to 16 inches tall and weigh between 15 to 18 lbs. They have a life expectancy of 15 to 18 years.
Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Appearance
The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier comes in a wide range of colors; however, they’re usually white with black, or black with tan markings. These are cute dogs! They’re small, with short legs. The dogs have small heads in proportion to their bodies, with medium ears that flop over or stand up.
The dogs’ fur can come in brown, red, white, and black, with a straight coat texture.
These dogs have dark, round eyes paired with black noses. And they have thin, tapered muzzles that may be smaller and shorter if the dog takes after its Rat Terrier parent.
Smooth Foxy Terrier Temperament
The Smooth Foxy Terrier is a highly intelligent dog that has great hunting abilities. They learn quickly; however, these dogs are usually a bit stubborn and will disobey when they want to.
This is a dog that has a ton of energy—we can’t stress this enough! They have the stamina to run and play all day long! And Smooth Foxy Terriers also enjoy exercising with their pet parents. If you’re a running or jogger, this is a dog that will gladly join you on your runs!
When they’re inside, Smooth Foxy Terriers are usually calmer and happy to relax with you and your family.
Are Smooth Foxy Terriers Good Family Companions?
Yes! These dogs make wonderful family companions and are a great fit for families that are highly active outside. This is a great dog that will play with whoever is home all day long! They’re also very loyal, protective, and affectionate with their families.
Do Smooth Foxy Terriers Get Along with Other Pets?
These dogs can get along with other dogs. They’re usually very accepting even of dogs they don’t know. However, because of their strong prey drive, Smooth Foxy Terriers don’t get along with cats and other small pets. The dogs may try to chase after and flush out small animals, including cats. This is a huge stress for the other animals.
And when they’re outside, Smooth Foxy Terriers tend to chase after anything, including squirrels, rabbits, cats, and more.
So, it’s recommended to always keep your dog on the leash when going for a walk or even at the dog park. And if your fur baby is out in the yard, it pays to monitor him closely. Remember, these dogs are great at escaping and chasing anything that moves!
Smooth Foxy Terrier Food Requirements
These are small dogs that are full of energy. So, they need about 1 cup of dog food a day, divided into two meals. They do best with dog food that’s high in protein and has been formulated for small, active dog breeds.
Smooth Foxy Terriers need at least 45 minutes of exercise a day. Some dogs may even need more exercise to help get rid of excess energy. They love doing a wide range of activities, including walking, playing, and running.
The dogs also need plenty of mental stimulation to keep them happy and healthy!
Smooth Foxy Terriers are highly intelligent but can also be stubborn. So, they can be challenging to train. The dogs learn commands and cues quickly; however, if they view themselves as dominant in your home, this is a dog that will take over and not listen to you during training sessions.
So, it’s essential to establish yourself as the head of the house, even with a Smooth Foxy Terrier puppy. Never use harsh training methods with these dogs. They respond best to positive reinforcement training methods.
Summing It Up
So, there you have it! Smooth Foxy Terriers can make a wonderful family companion. However, they’re best for families that are very active outside and for experienced pet parents.
We’re pretty sure that if you adopt one of these dogs, you’re in for many years of love, fun, and challenges with your fur baby!