Fox Terrier Smooth
Gran Bretañaa FCI 12 - Large and medium sized Terriers

Non-hunters who want to keep Fox Terrier like a pure companion dog, they must divert their innate hunting instincts with the sports and games of dogs



The first fox terrier, which were first presented at an English dog show in the mid-19th century, they were almost white dogs, especially suitable for fox hunting. Due to his courage, their endurance and ability to track and reach the foxes hidden in their burrow, little terriers soon found a large following among England's hunting and dog lovers. Thanks to his physique, the intrepid dogs were able to get into the tubes Fuchsbau narrower. The purpose of breeding for fox hunting was also always the main focus when selecting the right breeding dogs and finally gave the dogs their breed name Fox Terrier. (Fox = Zorro, terre = Earth).

In 1876 the newly founded Fox Terrier Club introduced the first breed standard for the Fox Terrier. Today the FCI distinguishes two variants of the Fox Terrier: the Fox Terrier Smooth and the Fox Terrier (wire). Although both types of dogs only differ in the structure of their coat, are kept separately.

At the beginning, the straight hair variant of the fox terrier was much more popular than the Fox Terrier (wire). However, this changed in the decade of 1920, when a real boom developed around the Fox Terrier (wire) and the little dog “practical” became the new “fashion dog” for the fine ladies. Unfortunately, often forgot that the Fox Terrier was originally bred as a hunting dog and that the animals still possessed a lot of courage, hunting instinct and a certain sharpness.

Lack of education and inappropriate attitude gave dogs, who liked to dig gardens and seldom avoided a fight with other dogs, the reputation of being scathing and aggressive. In the middle of the last century, the number of inscriptions in the breeding book, especially from Fox Terrier (wire), noticeably decreased. Today, twice as many are born Fox Terrier Smooth that the Fox Terrier (wire). Today, the traditional english dog in both variants belongs to the rather rare dog breeds.

Physical characteristics

The body of a Fox Terrier Smooth is compact and muscular, built for speed and agility. The dog has a short body but a long, elegant face with ears that bend toward the cheeks.. The height of this breed should not exceed 39 cm in males; slightly less in females and its weight ranges from seven to eight kilograms.

The coat of a Fox Terrier Smooth is short, flat against the body and dense. Normally, the hair covers the belly and the inner thighs too. Coat color is predominantly white with black and tan markings.

Character and skills

In agility, the Fox Terrier straight hair is in its element. The vivacious little terrier loves to move around and use his cute head. No wonder he never tires of dog sports like agility, obedience and flyball. Lying on the couch and lounging is definitely a thing of the past for smooth-haired Fox Terrier owners..

Daily exercise and recovery games, jogging together or hiking boots, wheels or horse, during which the persevering four-legged friend can accompany you, they should definitely be on the show with a Fox Terrier Smooth.

The Fox Terrier usually gets along very well with children, after all they share their need to play and exercise. Active families who like to be outdoors will find a lively playmate and a loyal companion in the English Terrier.

A valuable companion for hunters and non-hunters

Although, like most dog breeds, today it is mainly kept as a family and companion dog, the Fox Terrier still have a good figure when hunting. The versatile hunting dog can be used to build and rummage, to recover, to search or even to work in the water. His desire to work, his courage and vigilance make him an invaluable hunting companion. Non-hunters who want to keep the Fox Terrier as a pure companion dog, they must divert their innate hunting instincts with the sports and games of dogs and thus offer them a suitable alternative occupation.

Fox Terrier Smooth education

The Terrier have a reputation for having a mind of their own – the Fox Terrier Smooth is no exception. In case of lack of orientation and carelessness on the part of humans, smart four-legged friend likes to take command, normally not to the delight of his two-legged roommates. A consistent and early education is essential for a harmonious coexistence with the fox terrier. However, if you take your time, knows the most important basic rules of dog training and at the same time gives your dog enough mental and physical exercise, you will have little trouble with this little bundle of energy. The Fox Terrier not only is he smart, but also very docile and people-oriented.

Fox Terrier smooth hair health and care

Basically, the Fox Terriers they are considered very robust and healthy dogs. Ocular diseases occasionally occur. There is also a certain predisposition to neurological diseases such as ataxia and myelopathy., which can lead to destruction of the spinal cord. With responsible upbringing, a healthy diet, lots of exercise and proper care for each species, the risks of possible illness can, Fortunately, reduce.

The Fox Terrier Smooth they have a clear advantage over their relatives, the Fox Terrier (wire). While the Fox Terriers wire hair need a professional cut, regular brushing is enough to preserve the beautiful coat of the Fox Terrier Smooth. However, as fox terriers don't like “stay still”, you should get your dog used to brushing already at the puppy stage.

Needs-based nutrition and careful care play an important role in maintaining dogs' health. Needs-based means that the diet must be age-adapted, dog's weight and range of motion. The Fox terrier They are extremely sporty and active dogs and generally need a high energy diet with lots of high quality meat and vegetables..

Buy Fox Terrier Smooth

If you are interested in a Fox Terrier Smooth, the characteristics of this breed must first be thoroughly informed. The Fox Terrier Smooth they are extremely temperamental and demanding dogs, who need consistent handling. A reputable breeder will ask you about your dog breeding ideas and goals and, if required, will advise you not to buy a fox terrier. In this case, don't look for the next best seller, but carefully reconsider your reasons for buying a fox terrier.

You should only purchase a purebred puppy from a reputable breeder whose dogs have been tested for possible hereditary diseases and other suitability criteria for breeding before use.. Puppies go on sale at the earliest between the eighth and tenth week of life. The price of the puppy varies between 850 and 1.500 euros and depends on the sports aptitude and the breeding value of the parents.

It is important that you know the exact needs of your dog and that you are familiar with the nutritional value of different foods.; both a deficiency and an oversupply of certain substances can cause serious health problems. Alternatively, you can feed your fox terrier with high-quality wet or dry food. Convince yourself of the quality of processed ingredients and make sure unhealthy additives like sugar or artificial flavor enhancers have been avoided. You should also avoid too high a grain content in the food.

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Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed “Fox Terrier Smooth” you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, You must take into account their character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, your care and if you have young children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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6 – Smooth Fox Terrier from “Sterlet” Poland by Piotr Pietryka / CC BY-SA

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 3: Terriers.
  • Section 1: Large and medium-sized Terriers. Working trial optional.
  • Federations:
    • FCI – Terriers 1 Large and medium-sized terriers.
    • ​KC – Working dogs
    • Standard FCI of the breed Fox Terrier Smooth


      Alternative names:

        1. Fox Terrier, Smooth Fox Terrier, Foxie, SFT (English).
        2. Fox-terrier à poil lisse (French).
        3. Glatthaar-Foxterrier, Foxterrier (Glatthaar) (German).
        4. Fox terrier de pelo liso (Portuguese).
        5. Fox terrier ratonero (Spanish).
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