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The Purebred Smooth Fox Terrier

Information and Pictures

Front view - A tall thin, black and white Smooth Fox Terrier is sitting on a window sill looking down and to the right. The dog has a long thin muzzle.

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Other Names
  • Smooths
  • Fox Terrier Smooth Coat

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The Smooth Fox Terrier is a medium-sized dog. The skull is flat, moderately narrowing to the eyes. The stop is slight. The muzzle gradually tapers to the black nose. The teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The eyes and eye rims are dark in color. The small, V-shaped ears drop forward close to the cheeks. The neck is thick and muscular. The legs are straight. The tail is high set and is usually docked by 1/4, leaving 3/4 of the original length. Note: the practice of docking tails is illegal in most parts of Europe. The flat, smooth coat should be dense and abundant. The coat is predominately white with black or brown markings.


The Smooth Fox Terrier is a brave and bold terrier. It is cheerful, lovable, enthusiastic and playful, especially with children. Affectionate, very devoted and loyal with the family, it truly enjoys its company. Because of its strong hunting instincts, the Fox Terrier will also hunt and possibly kill other none K-9 animals, such as rabbits and birds, if given the chance. Keep this breed properly leashed or in a completely enclosed area, because the Fox Terrier likes to go off and explore. If the Fox Terrier is properly socialized and introduced it can get along just fine with other dogs. Very intelligent, it can be taught to perform tricks. This is a relatively dominant, very high-energy dog that can become stressed and frustrated without the proper type and amount of exercise, both mental and physical. It not only needs its body exercised but its mind as well. It is paramount you are this dog’s 100%, firm, consistent pack leader. If the dog has meek owners, and they allow this terrier to take over the home, developing Small Dog Syndrome, it will begin to display varying degrees of behavior issues. The issues may include, but are not limited to, dominance challenges, guarding objects or places or even its own food from the owner, excessive barking, jealousy, separation anxiety, destructiveness, dog aggressiveness, willfulness, growling, snapping, biting, untrustworthiness with kids and sometimes adults. It may become ready to charge at all times, scrappy and impulsive, as it attempts to defend ITS top position in the alpha order. These are not Fox Terrier traits, but rather behaviors brought on by the way the dog is treated by the people around it. These behaviors can be corrected as soon as the dog's instincts are met: stable, firm, consistent rules to follow, limits as to what it is and is not allowed to do, along with a daily pack walk or jog.

Height, Weight

Height: Males 14 - 16 inches (36 - 41 cm) Females 13 - 15 inches (33 - 38 cm)
Weight: Males 15 - 20 pounds (7-9 kg) Females 13 - 18 pounds (6 - 8 kg)

Health Problems

Deafness may be a problem in predominantly white dogs. Some minor concerns are post-nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Perthes disease and shoulder dislocation. Prone to mast cell tumors.

Living conditions

The Fox Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. These dogs are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.


This breed needs to be taken on a daily, long walk or jog. If it is possible, these dogs will love to run free in a safe area. Keep your dog on a leash if there are small animals around. The urge for these dogs to hunt is strong and they are likely to take off chasing a small animal.

Life Expectancy

About 15 or more years

Litter Size

About 4-6 puppies


The short coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder, blowing the coat twice a year.


The Fox Terrier was developed by crossing ancient Dachshunds, English Hounds, and later the Fox Hound and Beagle. It is one of the oldest terrier type dogs, originating in the British Isles in the 17th century. It was used by farmers who needed dogs to help get rid of the animals that would prey on the farmers stock, such as fox and rats and other small vermin. The Fox Terrier would find the animal in the ground, relentlessly digging, barking, growling and lunging until it harassed the animal out of its den where the hunter could then kill it. The Fox Terrier came in both a smooth coat and a wirehaired coat and both were considered the same breed for many years. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier was bred by crossing in the rough coated Black and Tan Terrier, for use in rough country, its coat being less vulnerable to damage than that of the Smooth Fox Terrier. The first standard for the Smooth Fox Terrier was established in 1876, separating it from the wirehaired dogs. However, they are still considered the same breed with different coat varieties by some clubs, but have been separated in the United States since 1984. Both the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wirehaired Fox Terrier were recognized by the AKC in 1885. Some of the Fox Terrier's talents include: hunting, tracking, watchdog, agility and performing tricks.

  • ACA = American Canine Association Inc.
  • ACR = American Canine Registry
  • AKC = American Kennel Club
  • ANKC = Australian National Kennel Club
  • APRI = American Pet Registry, Inc.
  • CET = Club Español de Terriers (Spanish Terrier Club)
  • CKC = Canadian Kennel Club
  • CKC = Continental Kennel Club
  • DRA = Dog Registry of America, Inc.
  • FCI = Fédération Cynologique Internationale
  • KCGB = Kennel Club of Great Britain
  • NAPR = North American Purebred Registry, Inc.
  • NKC = National Kennel Club
  • NZKC = New Zealand Kennel Club
  • UKC = United Kennel Club
Close up head and upper body shot - The front left side of a black and white Smooth Fox Terrier that is standing in grass. It is looking forward and its head is slightly tilted to the right. It has small v-shaped ears that fold over to the front.

Tinkabella Maletti the Smooth Fox Terrier at 18 months old from South Africa

A white with brown and black Smooth Fox Terrier dog standing ona hardwood floor looking up.

Jojo the Smooth Fox Terrier

Close up - A white with brown and black Smooth Fox Terrier puppy laying on a carpet, there is a bone toy to the right of it and it is looking to the right.

"This is Jack, a Smooth Fox Terrier puppy at 4 months of age. He is so sweet, he loves to run and play but will cuddle up with you when you want. Upon his arrival home, he went straight over to the puppy pads, and has not had a single accident. He learned sit the first day, and had already mastered fetch, and thankfully doesn't chew. He is very smart and loving; the more people he can give kisses to the better. I bought him a pig ear and it has become his favorite treat. We walk him three times a day minimum; he loves being outside. He only barks when there is a strange noise outside, and his recent infatuation has become his reflection in mirrors and windows."

A white with brown and black Smooth Fox Terrier is sitting on a yelow tiled floor, it is looking up, its head is turned to the left and its mouth is slightly open.

This is Rudo, an 8-month-old Smooth Fox Terrier.

The back of two Smooth Fox Terrier puppies that are standing on an ottoman and up against a window sill and they are looking out of the window. Both dogs have their tails up in the air.

Chinook and Gidget are 6-month-old Fox Terriers waiting for mom to return home. They are brother and sister from the same litter.

See more examples of the Smooth Fox Terrier