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Smooth Fox Terrier Information


The smooth coated Fox Terrier is a very muscular and athletic looking small dog. The coat of the smooth Fox Terrier is a bright white with black or brown spots and markings. The skull, unlike many breeds of terriers is rather flat and tapering rather than having a definite stop or division between the eye area and the muzzle. The flat skull highlights the very alert and intelligent dark eyes. The ears fold over to cover the ear in "V" shaped wedges. The Fox Terrier has a well developed neck that flows into strong shoulders and a well developed chest and body. For their size they are very powerful and energetic with boundless enthusiasm and affection.


The smooth Fox Terrier is an excellent dog for active families and individuals. They are very loyal and loving and highly protective of the family. Often the Fox Terrier will attack larger dogs and even other animals in an attempt to "defend" the family. They may be very aggressive towards other pets, especially non-canine animals such as cats, birds and ferrets. If properly socialized from a young age they will easily adapt to other pets and dogs in the house. The Fox Terrier is very intelligent and will sometimes try to dominant in the family, so they do require consistent training. As a natural hunter, they will need to be kept on a leash or in a well fenced yard to prevent them from chasing. They love to go for walks or runs and will eagerly play games of fetch with family members. Many owners report they are every easy to train and enjoy obedience training.

Grooming & Shedding

A grooming mitt or slicker brush is all that is usually required to keep this average shedding dog looking wonderful. They should only be bathed when needed to avoid stripping the natural oils from the hair.


The Fox Terrier, as the name implies, was bred in the 18th century in England to hunt foxes. These brave little dogs would bark and nip at the fox until it bolted from its den or protected area, allowing the hunters to get a shot. Currently the Fox Terrier is bred as a companion dog but it is also ideal in athletic events, obedience trials and even fun competitions such as "Fly Dog" events.

Health Issues

  • Major Concerns: patella luxation, deafness in white dogs
  • Minor Concerns: cataracts, distichiasis
  • Occasionally seen: Legg-Perthes, shoulder dislocation
  • Suggested tests: blood, hearing




13-16 inches (33-41 cm)


14-20 pounds (6-9 kg)


Over 15 years




Yes –will self-exercise



Young Children

Yes – with supervision

Need exercise space

No –with regular exercise

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