Dashing and carefree, a Smooth Fox Terrier took Westminster's Best in Show three times in a row (1907-1909). Their white fur is meant to contrast against the foxes they were bred to hunt. Today, Smooth Fox Terriers also work in search and rescue, disability assistance, and narcotics detection.
These are clever and independent-minded dogs who love to spend time with their chosen people. Born for adventure, this breed packs a lot of terrier energy into their relatively small frame. Smooth Fox Terriers are also distinctive-looking: that V-shaped noggin will make folks look twice as the two of you ease on down the road.
Originally from England, this medium-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 15-19 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
Bark Factor: I love to talk!
AKC RANKING 99
AREA OF ORIGIN England
DATE OF ORIGIN 1700s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION vermin hunting, fox bolting
TODAY'S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: <15.5 Weight: 17-19
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: <15.5 Weight: 15-17
OTHER NAME none
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangers Very friendly
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A SMOOTH FOX TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Family-oriented, friendly, and funny, the Smooth Fox Terriers are very playful and affectionate. Sturdy and smallish, they're cheerful, energetic playmates for your little ones with proper supervision. They might be a bit much for toddlers, however. They usually get along well with dogs who are “ruffly” their size or larger; they'll likely chase cats or smaller dogs.
WHAT IS SMOOTH FOX TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Smooth Fox Terriers are a sturdy and strong breed who move with a hunter's unfailing grace. Active, eager, and alert, this dog is all terrier. Can she be barking? Digging? Exploring? Chasing next door's cat? Then she's doing it. Try to discourage nuisance barking; keep an eye on her in the backyard unless you're an aficionado of the canine landscaping arts. She's also happy to hit the hiking trails with you.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A SMOOTH FOX TERRIER?
Though independent-minded, this breed responds well to training. Start early and be patient and consistent with this pup. Their prey drive is real, so these dogs aren't great candidates for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area.
Smooth Fox Terriers often excel at obedience and agility events.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO SMOOTH FOX TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Smooth Fox Terriers are seasonal shedders who need occasional grooming. Their coats are sleek and don't require much maintenance. Bathe them as needed.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO SMOOTH FOX TERRIERS HAVE?
As a breed, Smooth Fox Terriers are generally healthy. Some develop heart disease or slipping kneecaps. Some are also prone to deafness or eye ailments.
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ARE SMOOTH FOX TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Smooth Fox Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies. You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as small as a Smooth Fox Terrier!
WHAT IS A SMOOTH FOX TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Smooth Fox Terriers want what all terriers want: room to explore; smells to sniff; cats to chase; dirt to dig; toys to squeak. She'll also enjoy impressing you with tricks she's learned and cuddling you on the couch.
SHOULD I ADOPT A SMOOTH FOX TERRIER?
Boy oh boy, do these dogs like to dig. If you're not up for some consistent digging-discouragement or for incorporating your dog's canine vision into your landscaping plans, this might not be the breed for you. They'll also sing out if given the chance, so this pup's probably not the best match for folks with noise-sensitive neighbors. With those considerations in mind, a Smooth Fox Terrier can live just about anywhere. (Though it helps a lot if they get enough exercise.) They're equally comfortable in warm and cool climates. They'll appreciate as much outside time as you can give them, and don't require much grooming. Smooth Fox Terriers pair best with folks who are just as curious and energetic as they are.
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