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The Smooth Fox Terrier is a small friendly dog that likes to run, chase, hunt and explore. They are active little dogs that will love their family and be loyal to them.

These dogs are active inside and outside and are well suited for an active family that will play and exercise with them.


The Fox Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1885. In 1984, the AKC created two separate standards for the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier.

It is believed the Smooth Fox Terrier is a descendant of the Black-and-Tan Terrier, the Bull Terrier, the Beagle and the Greyhound. They were bred to keep rats away and to flush foxes out of the ground.


The Smooth Fox Terrier is a member of the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Terrier group. There is also a Wire Fox Terrier that is also a member of the AKC’s Terrier group.


Smooth Fox Terriers are small dogs that stand about 12 to 15 inches at the shoulder. They can weigh around 15 to 19 pounds.


The Smooth Fox Terrier can have five colors and no markings. Their short coat can be white, white and black, white and tan. They can also be white, black and tan or white, tan and black.


Smooth Fox Terriers are friendly and independent dogs that can be amusing and adaptable. They are affectionate and protective, yet they can be snappy and stubborn.

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The Smooth Fox Terrier is a small dog with lots of energy, moving about even when they are inside. If you want a good jogging partner this would be a good one as they would rather run than walk.

They enjoy playing fetch and chasing balls. Check out this ball thrower at Amazon that will keep your Smooth Fox Terrier busy exercising and having fun. They also enjoy and will excel with an agility course.


Their average lifespan is 10 to 13 years of age. They are generally healthy dogs but some may develop epilepsy, cataracts, congenital heart disease, deafness, glaucoma, diabetes and skin allergies.


Smooth Fox Terriers have a smooth short coat that sheds moderately. Regular brushing several times a week will help keep the shedding under control.

My dog, Freckles, sheds daily and I use the Furminator to keep the hair under control. It’s a de-shedding tool that removes loose hair, reducing the time you will spend cleaning up hair.

Other Grooming

Their nails grow fast and need clipping regularly, along with their ears cleaned once a week and their teeth brushed  several times a week.


Smooth Fox Terriers can be difficult to train with their independent thinking. You will need to be a firm leader and be very consistent.

Smooth Fox Terriers instinctively like to dig which can become a problem. Click here to see how to build a digging zone for your dog.

Separation Anxiety

When left alone, boredom can set in with Smooth Fox Terriers and bad behaviors can develop. They can develop separation anxiety from that boredom when left for long periods of time.

A crate can be a safe place to leave your Smooth Fox Terrier when you have to be away from home. Leave a special treat filled toy to keep them busy until you get back.

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If you have an interest in the Smooth Fox Terrier dog breed, please consider adoption. Search for a Smooth Fox Terrier available for adoption in your area by going to PetFinder.

To find a Smooth Fox Terrier rescue organization, you can enter “Smooth Fox Terrier Rescue” into a search engine such as Google. You can also search including your zip code by entering “Smooth Fox Terrier Rescue + zip code”, replacing zip code with your actual zip code.

What do you think about the Smooth Fox Terrier? Leave a comment below or share a story about your dog. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.