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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
Other Names
What other names does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? The dog breed also known as...
Fox Terrier, Foxie, SFT, Smooth Fox Terrier
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
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
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? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Smooth Fox Terrier price:
$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.

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.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Smooth Fox Terrier size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Smooth Fox Terrier weigh? Smooth Fox Terrier weight:
Male: 15-20 pounds (7-9 kg), Female: 13-18 pounds (6-8 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Smooth Fox Terrier? Smooth Fox Terrier average weight:
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)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Smooth Fox Terrier average height:
Male: 15 inches (38.5 cm), Female: 14 inches (35.5 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? What does this canine coat 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 Fox Terrier? Smooth Fox Terrier shedding level:
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.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Smooth Fox Terrier have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveAlertIntelligentAffectionateFearlessPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Smooth Fox Terrier? Are they intelligent?
Average: Smooth Fox Terrier's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
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 for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
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 considered as a 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 Fox Terrier 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? 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 same barks could have a different meaning. 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?
Smooth Fox Terriers are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
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 Fox Terrier? 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.)
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?
Smooth Fox Terriers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
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
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Smooth Fox Terriers tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Smooth Fox Terrier dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Smooth Fox Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Smooth Fox Terrier dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Smooth Fox Terrier and 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?
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? What is this canine temperament 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.
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 Fox Terrier 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.
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.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Smooth Fox Terrier breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Smooth Fox Terriers are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Smooth Fox Terrier be a service dog?
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?
Not really
This breed 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 to 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
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
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Smooth Fox Terrier is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat 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.
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.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs have health problems?
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 health problems does the Smooth Fox Terrier breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Smooth Fox Terrier breed? Health risks of Smooth Fox Terrier:
CataractsDeafnessDistichiasisLegg-perthes DiseaseLens LuxationPatellar Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do Smooth Fox Terrier dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Smooth Fox Terrier be?
13-15 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?
Smooth Fox Terriers are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog 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 this fido 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.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Smooth Fox Terrier need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
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 & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
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 for 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 minimal 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.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Smooth Fox Terrier pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Smooth Fox Terrier pregnancy time period:
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 bitch 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 bitch’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.
How often can the Smooth Fox Terrier have a litter? 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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-6 puppies

Pros & Cons of Smooth Fox Terrier

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 for very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • 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.

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  • Martika

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

    I love them!!!