Smooth Fox Terrier Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Smooth Fox Terrier so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginEngland flagEngland
Other Names
What other names does the Smooth Fox Terrier have?
FoxieSmooth Fox TerrierFox Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Smooth Fox Terrier Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Smooth Fox Terrier puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Smooth Fox Terrier?
$700-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Smooth Fox Terrier, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Smooth Fox Terrier for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Smooth Fox Terrier gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Smooth Fox Terrier? How many Smooth Fox Terrier are there in the world?
Frequent: The Smooth Fox Terrier is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Smooth Fox Terrier Size

Size
Is a Smooth Fox Terrier small, medium or large dog?

How big do Smooth Fox Terrier get?

Small
Weight
How much does the Smooth Fox Terrier weigh? How much should the Smooth Fox Terrier breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Smooth Fox Terrier?
Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Smooth Fox Terrier?
Male: 17.5 pounds (8 kg), Female: 15.5 pounds (7 kg)
Height
How tall is the Smooth Fox Terrier? Smooth Fox Terrier height:
Male: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm), Female: 13-15 inches (33-38 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Smooth Fox Terrier?
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Smooth Fox Terrier Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
SmoothDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Smooth Fox Terrier's coat?
BlackBlack & TanBrownRedWhite
Grooming
How to groom the Smooth Fox Terrier and how often?
Easy to groom: The Smooth Fox Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Smooth Fox Terrier is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Foxie?
Smooth Fox Terriers shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Smooth Fox Terrier need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Smooth Fox Terrier every day?
3-4 weeks
More often than average. These dog coats tend to be longer, softer, and oilier than short-haired breeds. While a good bath every now and then is a great way to keep your buddy from becoming overly smelly, be mindful about overbathing.

Bathing will wash away your dog’s natural oils, while a simple brushing every few days should keep them clean.

Smooth Fox Terrier Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
ActiveAlertIntelligentAffectionateFearlessPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Smooth Fox Terrier? Is the Smooth Fox Terrier breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Smooth Fox Terrier ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Trainability
Are Smooth Fox Terrier dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Smooth Fox Terriers are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Smooth Fox Terrier sensitivity:
Smooth Fox Terriers have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Smooth Fox Terrier a good family dog?
High: Smooth Fox Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Foxie need? Smooth Fox Terrier social needs:
Smooth Fox Terriers need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Foxie bark?
Average: The Smooth Fox Terrier barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Watchdog Ability
Is Smooth Fox Terrier good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Smooth Fox Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Smooth Fox Terriers strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Smooth Fox Terrier bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Foxie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Smooth Fox Terrier? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Smooth Fox Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Smooth Fox Terrier has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Smooth Fox Terrier? How much bite force does a Smooth Fox Terrier have?

Between 100 and 200 PSI 🔽

Smooth Fox Terrier bite force: Weak. Dogs that have the weakest bite force below 200 PSI.

However, it is important to note that despite the fact that their bite force is considered the “weakest” it can still be very dangerous as all dog bites are.

They are usually not aggressive and very friendly towards children and other animals.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Smooth Fox Terrier do?
Smooth Fox Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Smooth Fox Terriers need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Smooth Fox Terrier to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Smooth Fox Terrier roam?
Smooth Fox Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Smooth Fox Terrier have high prey drive?
Smooth Fox Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Smooth Fox Terrier dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Smooth Fox Terrier good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not the best choice if you want to keep them indoors, however, with careful exercise and several walks a day, they will tolerate the indoor environment, so it is possible to keep Smooth Fox Terrier indoors.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Smooth Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Smooth Fox Terrier be left alone?
Smooth Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Smooth Fox Terrier Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Smooth Fox Terrier temperament with other people:
Smooth Fox Terriers are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs get along with other pets? Are Smooth Fox Terrier dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Smooth Fox Terriers do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Smooth Fox Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Smooth Fox Terrier temperament with children:
Smooth Fox Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Smooth Fox Terrier breed live with a cat?
Smooth Fox Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Smooth Fox Terrier good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs get along with other dogs?
Smooth Fox Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Smooth Fox Terrier is not a good choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Smooth Fox Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Smooth Fox Terrier breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Smooth Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Smooth Fox Terriers good office dogs? Do Smooth Fox Terriers make good office friendly dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terriers be office dogs?
No
Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Foxie temperament with senior people? Are Smooth Fox Terrier dogs good for elderly owners?
Smooth Fox Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Smooth Fox Terrier Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Smooth Fox Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed? Most common health risks of Smooth Fox Terrier:
CataractsDeafnessDistichiasisLegg-perthes DiseaseLens LuxationPatellar Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Smooth Fox Terrier breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Smooth Fox Terrier see the vet?
Average
The Smooth Fox Terrier should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs live? How old can a Smooth Fox Terrier be? What is the age limit of the Smooth Fox Terrier? How many years can the oldest Smooth Fox Terrier live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Smooth Fox Terrier?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Smooth Fox Terrier: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Smooth Fox Terrier breed hypoallergenic?
No
Smooth Fox Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? What is the activity level of the Smooth Fox Terrier?
Smooth Fox Terriers are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Smooth Fox Terrier need? How much exercise do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs require per day?
Smooth Fox Terriers need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Smooth Fox Terrier breed need?
Smooth Fox Terriers don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Smooth Fox Terrier need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Smooth Fox Terrier breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Smooth Fox Terrier? How much food should I feed my Smooth Fox Terrier?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Smooth Fox Terrier risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Smooth Fox Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Smooth Fox Terrier's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Smooth Fox Terrier has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Smooth Fox Terrier drool?
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Smooth Fox Terrier could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Smooth Fox Terrier.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Smooth Fox Terrier As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Smooth Fox Terrier be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a boat dog?

Not really

Smooth Fox Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Smooth Fox Terrier dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Smooth Fox Terrier Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Smooth Fox Terrier pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Smooth Fox Terrier breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Smooth Fox Terrier: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Smooth Fox Terrier have in a litter? How many puppies can the Smooth Fox Terrier breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Smooth Fox Terrier have? How many puppies can a Smooth Fox Terrier give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Smooth Fox Terrier Recognition

AKC Group
Is Smooth Fox Terrier recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group
Is Smooth Fox Terrier recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Smooth Fox Terrier breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubClub Espanol De Terriers

Smooth Fox Terrier Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Smooth Fox Terriers are easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Smooth Fox Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Smooth Fox Terrier is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Smooth Fox Terrier has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Adaptability: Smooth Fox Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Smooth Fox Terriers are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Smooth Fox Terriers are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Smooth Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Smooth Fox Terriers don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Smooth Fox Terriers have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Smooth Fox Terriers have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Smooth Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Smooth Fox Terriers are not cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Smooth Fox Terriers are not the most dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Smooth Fox Terrier History

The Fox Terriers have a lot of history behind them. Today, there are two types of Fox Terrier breeds, the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier. For more than 100 years, the two were registered and showed in the US as one breed with two varieties distinct from each other by coat type and head shape, as the Smooth Fox Terrier’s head is more V-shaped than the Wire’s. Although both were originally classified as sporting dogs because of their excellent nose, sharp eyesight, and stamina in bolting foxes out of their holes. However, despite how similar the two breeds are, some experts believe that the two developed very differently, even from different ancestries. They claim that Wires are thought to have descended from the broken-coated and tan terries from Durham, Wales, and Derbyshire, while the original Smooth Fox Terriers were thought to be a mix of black and tan terriers with smooth coats, Beagles, Bull Terriers, and Greyhounds.

Furthermore, in the late 18th-century fox hunting became popular in England, both as a sport and as a necessity to protect farms. British hunters quickly discovered that they needed a dog that could enter the foxes’ dens and bolt the foxes out of their hiding places. The Smooth Terrier was developed and perfect for the job. While the breeders did not keep many records about how they developed the breed, we know from a portrait painted in 1790, by Sawrey Gilpin, of Colonel Thornton’s dog, that the breed we know today has changed very little from the 18th century Smooth Fox Terrier. Moreover, well-known Smooths of the 19th century also contributed to the breed’s development, such as Old Jock, born in 1859 at Grove Kennel in England, and by the late 19th century the uniform type has been established. At the end of the 19th century, the  Smooth Fox Terriers also entered the show ring about 15-20 years earlier than Wire Fox Terrier, and first, they were classified as sporting dogs. In 1876 England’s Fox Terrier Club was founded, with members drawing up a breed standard that stayed the same for decades only with the exception of reducing the weight of a male dog in show condition from 9kgs to 8kgs. A few years later in 1897, the breed was also imported into the US and the American Fox Terrier Club was founded in 1885. This club holds the distinction of being the first specialty club to become a member of the American Kennel Club. The first Fox Terrier to be registered by the AKC was Cricket in 1885. The AFTC adopted the English breed standard when it was formed and it wasn’t until a century later that they separated the two terriers as standard breeds. By the 1920s, the Smooth Fox Terrier became one of the most recognized purebred dogs in America when RCA used a picture of the breed in its logo, listening to a record machine with his head cocked in an endearing fashion. The film series called The Thin Man also contributed to the breed’s popularity as a Fox Terrier named Asta was regularly in the show.

In 1985, the American Kennel Club formally recognized the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier as separate breeds, but the standards for both are still maintained by the American Fox Terrier Club.  The Smooth Fox Terrier is still not a very common breed, ranking 102nd among the 155 breeds and varieties registered by the AKC, but they are still stars in the show ring. Overall they are very clever, energetic, and plucky little dogs who love to be around people and also bond quickly with their owners.

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Smooth Fox Terrier Comments, Reviews and Questions

  • Martika

    Oct 13, 2020, 10:27:52 AM:

    I love them!!!