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Fox Terrier (Smooth)

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Fox Terrier (Smooth)
This Smooth Fox Terrier with black and tan markings is an AKC champion.
This Smooth Fox Terrier with black and tan markings is an AKC champion.
Alternative names
Fox Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Common nicknames
Foxie, SFT
Country of origin
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 3 Section 1  
AKC: Terrier  
ANKC: Group 2 (Terriers)  
CKC: Group 4 - Terriers  
KC(UK): Terrier  
NZKC: Terrier  
UKC: Terrier  

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a breed of dog, one of many terrier breeds. It was the first breed in the fox terrier family to be given official recognition (by The Kennel Club [London] circa 1875; breed standard 1876). It is well known, and although not a widely popular breed today outside of hunting and show circles, it is extremely significant due to the large number of terriers believed descended from it.


Black and tan markings. Black and tan markings.

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a balanced, well-proportioned terrier with a distinctive head that has a tapering muzzle, fiery dark eyes, and folded v-shaped ears set well up on the head, but not prick. It is a sturdy dog in that it is well-muscled and exhibits endurance, but should not appear in any way coarse or cloddy.

A male Smooth Fox Terrier should be no taller than 15.5 inches at the shoulder, with females proportionally less, and a male in show condition should weigh approximately 18 lbs.

The tail should be set well up on the back and be straight or slightly curved, but not carried over the back or curled like an Akita's.

Its coat is hard, flat, and abundant. This breed does shed somewhat. In color they should be predominantly white—some are even all white—but typically with markings of black and tan, black, or tan. Red, liver, or brindle are objectionable and disqualifying faults in the show ring. Heads are usually solid colored, but a variety of white markings are permissible, including half or split faces, blazes, or color only over the eyes and/or ears.


A Smooth Fox Terrier with black markings A Smooth Fox Terrier with black markings

Smooth Fox Terriers make excellent family pets. Because this is an intelligent and active breed, they must be kept exercised, and interested, and a part of the family. They are affectionate and playful. They have well-developed hunting instincts. Left to their own devices and deprived of human companionship, undesirable behaviour may be exhibited, including chasing of small animals, barking, and digging. Like most terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers become bored, destructive, or escape artists if ignored.


The Smooth Fox Terrier was developed in England and is believed to descend from a mixture of the smooth-coated Black and Tan Terrier, the Greyhound, the Bull Terrier, and the Beagle.

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