Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier (Smooth Fox Terrier & American Rat Terrier Mix)

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier is the result of breeding the Smooth Fox Terrier with the American Rat Terrier.

Interestingly enough the American Rat Terrier was originally bred using the Smooth Fox Terrier, so this breed is trying to return to its roots a little bit.

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This Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier seems to love snow.

The Smooth Fox Terrier is an Old English Terrier that has a pretty muscular build.

When you combine it with the American Rat Terrier, which has a leaner build, the results are a rat Terrier that has more strength, more speed, and looks like it was built to run all day (which it can).

Despite how aggressive that the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier may look, it’s really a sweetheart underneath all the muscle.

They are very affectionate dogs and love to spend time with their owners. They are also pretty good at making friends with strangers as well.

If you have visitors or friends over at your house, then you’re Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier will go right up to them with a wagging tail and friendly eyes.

If you’re at the dog park, then this dog will most likely come back to you with a whole troop of new friends.

These dogs are blessed with good health and usually live quite a long life. This makes them a great choice for a family dog that will be able to live to see your kids grow up.

Smooth Foxy Rat Terriers are very protective of their families and will do just about anything to make sure that they are safe.

Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier is a wonderful addition to any household, but before you buy this puppy, you should understand that they need a lot of exercise and they enjoy being outdoors a lot.

If you don’t live in an area where you can provide this, then you may want to consider something else.

What Price are Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Puppies?

You can get these dogs for a great price.  A newborn puppy will only cost you around $650.

If they come from a higher stock, then they can cost up to  $800, but in most cases, these dogs are not bred for show.

How to Find Reputable Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Breeders?

This breed of dog is a very precise mix, so you will want to ensure that you are really getting what you pay for.

American Rat Terriers are a relatively common breed and can be found all across America. The Smooth Fox Terrier, however, is primarily found in England.

Because of this, it is common for dishonest breeders to try to pass off a dog that is half American Rat Terrier and half some other Terrier.

These are not recognized by most kennel societies and therefore are not worth the $700 price tag. Don’t trust a  breeder who cannot produce the papers proving who your Smooth Foxy Rat Terriers’ parents are.

3 Little known facts about Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier puppies

  1. These dogs are very loving and loyal. They will want to be with you or a member of your family at all times.
  2. The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier makes a great guard dog. If they sense an intruder is on your property, or that danger is near, they will loudly bark until everybody in the house is awake.
  3. These dogs love to run, and if possible will spend their entire day outside. This makes them a great outdoor dog.

Physical Traits of the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier

These Smooth Foxy Rat Terriers have the traditional long and lean body of any Terrier. However, this particular breed takes more after the Smooth Fox Terrier than the American Rat Terrier.

These dogs are just a little bit bigger than traditional Rat Terriers, and their legs are a little bit longer since they were designed to chase larger prey.

Looking at their head, you will notice a definitive triangular shape. They have long tapered snouts and a tight-lipped grin. Their ears especially stand out.

They are large and triangular and will flap around in the wind as they are running around chasing a squirrel up a tree or just trying to catch a frisbee.

Their hair is very short and close-cropped, so you won’t have to worry about grooming them that often. They have good hygiene and love to bathe or swim in the water.

If you have a swimming pool a local stream or even a neighborhood pond you can be sure that your Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier will find it.

Their fur coat is most often a white base and is spotted with either black red or brown. Their faces and paws tend to beware the most concentration of color is.

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terriers’ tail is long, and when they’re happy (which is almost all of the time) it will be wagging around.. If they are displeased or unhappy it will be tucked tightly between their legs.

How Big is a Full-Grown Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier?

These dogs are a little bit smaller than the traditional Smooth Fox Terrier, and a little bit bigger than the traditional Rat Terrier.

They have a maximum weight of around 18 lb but can be as small as 16 lb. It all depends on their muscular structure, how much they eat, and how much exercise they get.

Looking at their ground height, they stand an average of 14 or 15 inches tall, and they have relatively long legs or their body size.

This means that they can run a lot. When you combine these long legs with a lean and lightweight body, then you get the ultimate small hunting dog (or just a dog that loves to play fetch a lot).

What is the Life Expectancy of the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier?

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier has a very long life expectancy. These dogs can live up to 20 years old and remain in good health for most of that time.

Once they hit around 17 or 18 years old, their age will begin to affect them and they will become less active and will be more introverted.

For most of their lives, however, they will be incredibly lively and active dogs.

It is not at all uncommon to see a Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier who is over 15 years old and can still outrun a dog who is half its age.

Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier

These dogs have a wonderful demeanor about them. They are strong, loyal, and will do just about anything to please you.

This means that they are very obedient dogs and are incredibly easy to train. This is one reason why you will often see them at dog shows or as trick dogs.

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Black-and-white Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier. Image Credit By: chaya_may_be_little, instagram

These dogs have a good amount of intelligence as well.

They pick up on people’s habits and it’s a common story to hear that the Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier memorizes exactly what time that their master is going to be back from work or school.

Foxy rat Terrier is also a very protective dog. This makes them great if you have children around the house or even if you have other small animals around a farm.

This dog will do everything in his power to keep them safe and protected.

Even if you lose your kids and a busy market somewhere, the chances are that this dog will know exactly where they are and will be able to quickly locate them.

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier’s Diet

Foxy Rat Terriers Diet
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Depending on their size and activity level, these dogs will need anywhere from 1 to 2 cups of food a day.

If they weigh closer to 20 lb and get at least an hour of activity every single day, then you are going to want to give them 2 cups.

However, if they are closer to 15 lb or are not as active, then 1 cup should be enough to keep them fool these dogs should be fed twice a day; once in the morning and once at night.

How Much Exercise Does a Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Need?

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier needs a lot of exercise.  Both of the parent breeds are known for being hunting dogs. They were originally bred to be able to run for hours at a time chasing small game through the forest.

Over time, they have lost some of that spunk, but they still need to run for at least 45 minutes a day.

If you live in a place where you can give them continual access to your backyard, then it is perfectly safe to leave them out there as long as they have some water and food.

Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier Health and Conditions

These dogs are incredibly healthy.

In old age, they can sometimes develop Hip Dysplasia because of their long legs or glaucoma in the eye, but you won’t have to worry about this for the majority of your dog’s life.

In general, they are very resistant to disease and have a strong immune system.

Final Thoughts on the Smooth Foxy Rat TerrierA small Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier dog

The Smooth Foxy Rat Terrier makes one of the most loyal dogs that you can add to your household.

They will love you and your family all of their hearts and will do almost anything to please you.

They are very easy to train, they are relatively inexpensive, and they love to be in the outdoors running around all day.

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