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Fox Terrier Smooth Coat Dog Breed Profile

Fox Terrier Smooth Coat

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Dog Group Kennel Club
Breed Classification
The Smooth Fox Terrier is a member of the terrier group. They were originally used for locating the position of foxes in their tunnels and in killing vermin. Today they are still used as hunters but more commonly as companions.  
Cost of Ownership
Average Food Cost
£4-7.50 per week
Feeding Requirements
The Smooth is not demanding in its feeding requirements. They do eat a lot considering their size but they are active little dogs. Their food can cost up to £4.50 per week.  
Other Expenses
The cost of a pupppy will be between £200 - £300. 
9 - 15 years
These dogs live to between 13-14 years. 
Average Litter Size
The average siz of litter will be between 4 - 6 puppies. 
General Physical Description
The Smooth is a small active and lively terrier. They have a long, lean head and a short back. Their coats are flat, smooth and dense.

Height Min Max
Bitch 0cm (0") 38cm (15")
Dog 0cm (0") 39cm (15")
Weight Min Max
Bitch 6kg (13lbs) 7kg (15lbs)
Dog 7kg (15lbs) 8kg (18lbs)
Size Category
Weight Height Range
Dogs should measure no more than 39cms at the withers, bitches slightly less. Dogs weigh between 7.3-8.2kgs and bitches should ideally weigh between 6.8-7.7kgs.  
As a breed the Smooth is a hardy dog that doesnít suffer from many health problems and any problems they do have tend to be as individuals and non-breed specific. The breedís hardy constitution and known longevity has never led to the need for breed testing for clinical or hereditary defects.  
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
The Smooth is thought to have come about from crosses of the Old English Terrier, smooth coated Black and Tan terriers of England, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. They were used by hunters with the foxhounds to locate foxes when they went to ground by barking and so pinpointing the position of the fox for the huntsman.. They can be traced back to the middle of the 19th century when both smooth and broken coated were from the same origins and classed as one breed. Later, devotees of both coats bred like to like and developed the Wire and Smooth Fox Terrier as we know it today.. The breed Standard for this dog was drawn up in 1876 by Officers of The Fox Terier Club and there are few differences with todayís Standard. Now the weight for dogs is more clearly stated and docking, though customary, is optional.  
The Smooth is an intelligent terrier but can be a bit stubborn like most terriers. Training is relatively easy but owners must be consistent and firm. They like to bark and dig so must be trained to stop these actions on command. They can be quite dominant over other dogs so should be properly socialised as puppies. < 
Show Characteristics
The Smooth Fox Terrier should have a flat skull and a narrow head. The jaws should be strong and muscular with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be small, round, dark and deep set. The ears are V shaped and drop forward close to the cheeks. The neck is muscular and of a good length. The chest should be deep but not too broad, the shoulders long and sloping. The topline should be level with a short and straight back. The front legs should be straight when viewed from any angle and the back legs should be strong and muscular. The feet should be small, round and compact. The tail should be high set and carried erect but not curling over the back. Tails are customarily docked by approximately one third, but this is now optional. The coat should be flat, smooth dense and hard. The colours desired are solid white, white with tan, black, or black and tan markings. White should predominate. 
Country Of Origin
Great Britain 
Famous Examples
Records Held
Overall Exercise
60 - 80 minutes per day.
This dog should have lots of exercise, they are full of energy and like nothing better than a long walk. They do well in agility and fly ball games. They should be kept on a lead near traffic as they do have a tendency to chase cats, only because they love to play chasing games. They can live with cats in their own home but outside they will chase them. 
Distress if Left Alone
Personal Protection
Guard Dog Suitability
Risk of Sheep Worrying
Tendency to Bark
Level of Aggression
Compatibility With Other Animals
Suitable For Children


General Character And Temperament
In general the Smooth is a friendly, devoted and affectionate dog with lots of personality. They can be protective if they feel a member of their family is in danger or being threatened. Smooths get on well with children and do make ideal family pets. They have to be socialised from an early age especially with cats and any other household pets. Keen gardeners may find that this dog digs up their plants rather quickly as digging is one of their favourite pastimes if not corrected, but as with many other breeds, with initial training this is not a problem. Whilst the breed is suitable for hot, sunny climates, they will also thrive in cool ones. They are equally content to live and sleep indoors or out.  
Coat Length
Grooming Requirement
Once a week 
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming the Smooth is relatively easy as they are clean little dogs. A rubber grooming mitt or stiffish brush used twice a week will remove any dead and loose hair reducing the amount of hair that is shed. If the coat becomes wet or muddy it does not take long to dry. It is then easier to remove the dirt from the coat when it is dry. 
The Smooth Fox Terrier can be solid white, white with tan, black, or black and tan markings. White should predominate. 
Suffers From Allergies

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