Smooth Fox Terrier
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The Smooth Fox Terrier is compact in size,
well balanced, proportioned and should give
an impression of not only strength and endurance,
yet also of lively spirit and friendliness.
The Smooth Fox Terrier originated in England
in the 18th century and was used in hunting
to bolt foxes and drive them out from hiding.
They were also used as ratters. It is believed
possible ancestors of the Smooth Fox Terrier
include the English Hound, Bull Terrier,
Beagle, Dachshund and black and tan, smooth
There were two varieties of this breed -
the Smooth and Wire type and both were recognized
by the American Kennel Club in the Terrier
Group in 1885. However, the two were officially
separated as different breeds which became
effective in 1985.
The maximum height for a Smooth Fox Terrier
is 15½ inches (39 cm) tall at the
The weight of a Smooth Fox Terrier is 18
pounds (8 kg), although this is not an exact
number. According to the AKC, "general
shape, size and contour are the main points"
along with the ability for this breed to
effectively do its job.
The Smooth Fox Terrier has a flat, short,
dense and harsh coat. Basic coat maintenance
includes keeping it brushed and bathed when
necessary. The Smooth Fox Terrier is an
The color of the Smooth Fox Terrier's coat
is mostly white and has black or tan markings.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is active, friendly,
curious and affectionate. This entertaining
and playful breed makes a wonderful family
pet and is great with children (although
some suggest it's best with older kids).
The Smooth Fox Terrier should only be with
an owner who is an assertive and confident
leader. This breed thrives on being with
its family and should not be left alone
for long periods. If the Smooth Fox Terrier
is ignored and / or does not have a strong
(pack) leader, behavior problems are likely
to develop. The Smooth Fox Terrier is very
smart and easy to train - which should be
done in a very positive manner and never
harsh. In addition to consistent training,
this breed needs to be well socialized.
His small size does not deter him at all
- he is fearless and can be aggressive with
other dogs. Smooth Fox Terriers are alert
and make a good watch dog. Exercise is very
important for Smooth Fox Terrier's mental
and physical health and well being. These
dogs love daily walks, jogs and free play.
Due to the Smooth Fox Terrier's natural
hunting instinct, he should always be on
a lease or in a secure area, otherwise he
may quickly take off on an inviting scent.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a healthy
breed and can live a long life with proper
care. Some health issues which may affect
this type breed include luxating patellas,
deafness and different types of eye disorders.
The life expectancy of a Smooth Fox Terrier
is typically 12 - 15 years, although some
can live several years longer.
• The first breed standard for the
Fox Terrier was approved in 1876 by The
Kennel Club, although at that time the Smooth
and Wire type were classified as one breed.
The two varieties were separated as different
breeds in 1984 - yet effective in 1985 which
is exactly 100 years since recognized by
the American Kennel Club.
AKC: Terrier Group
ANKC: Terriers Group 2
CKC: Terrier Group 4
FCI: Group 3 Section 1 Large & medium-sized