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 coated terriers.
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.
Height: The maximum height for a Smooth Fox Terrier is 15½ inches (39 cm) tall at the shoulder.
Weight: 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.
Coat Type: 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 average shedder.
Color: The color of the Smooth Fox Terrier’s coat is mostly white and has black or tan markings.
Temperament: 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.
Health Concerns: 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 Terriers