Dog Profiles - Description of Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Terrier

Description: The Smooth Fox Terrier is an energetic, inquisitive, playful dog who loves to run, chase and explore. Similar to the Wire Fox Terrier except for his coat, he is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds who were bred to dig down into burrow to flush out foxes or catch small animals. An easy dog to live with, he enjoys being a part of a family.

Height: 15.5 inches

Weight: 16-18 lbs.

Colors: White with tan or black markings. White should be predominate.

Coat: Dense coat of sleek short hairs which may not be thin anywhere on his body.

Temperament: Alert, determined, eager, trustworthy, affectionate. Gets along well with children and is always ready to play. Small pets such as cats may be fair game and he may try to dominate other dogs.Vermin hunter and family pet. Very good watch-dog. Poor guard-dog.

Care and Exercise: The Smooth Fox Terrier requires minimal coat care except during their twice a year shedding. Brush coat with a firm bristle brush and bathe only when necessary. Teeth and nails need regular attention. Exercise should consist of a daily walk on leash and free play in a fenced backyard or a romp in the park.

Training: They learn very quickly, but they can be stubborn. Be consistent with training. Learning Rate: High. Obedience: Medium. Problem Solving: Very High

Activity: Indoors - Very High, Outdoors - Very High

Living Environment: Apartment is adequate if given sufficient exercise but ideal is a home with a fenced backyard as he is an active terrier. Do not leave alone in the yard as he may bark and try to dig his way out. To own a Smooth Fox Terrier you need to be a confident leader who prefers an active, feisty breed, not a couch potato.

Health Issues: Lens luxation, cataracts

Life Span: 12 -14 Years

Litter Size: 3-6

Country of Origin: England

History: He first became noticed as a breed in the 1860's. He was originally bred to hunt vermin. His descendants are other terriers from the English counties of Cheshire and Shropshire with maybe some Beagle blood. Wires resulted from the breeding of a Smooth Fox Terrier and an unknown female with wire-hair. Both the Smooth and the Wire share the same conformation and were recognized as the same breed until 1984 when separate breed standards were approved.

Registration: ACA, AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 3), KC(GB), UKC