Smooth Fox Terrier
Group: Terrier Group
Origin: Great Britain
Height: 15½ inches
From left to right:
Chipper, Ch.Trollhattan’s the Illusionist;
Maple, texforrieer Nordic Maple;
Darcy, Accolade Northern Beau; and
Tizer, Ch. Trollhattan’s Masked Mirage
Photo courtesy of InStyle Kennels
The Smooth Fox Terrier originated in Great Britain and is one of the oldest of the Terriers. He was bred as a hunting dog used to dig down into burrows and flush out fox and other small animals. Today, this breed is still used for hunting but he is more commonly seen as a family companion.
The Smooth is a friendly, affectionate and devoted dog. He is a good watchdog and gets along well with children. Early socialization is recommended where other dogs, cats and household pets are concerned. The Smooth also enjoys digging, however, this can be corrected early on through proper training.
The Smooth is a high energy dog and does require plenty of exercise. They enjoy participating in such activities as agility and fly ball, among others.
He has a smooth, hard coat that is mostly white with black, tan or ginger markings.
The average life expectancy of the Smooth Fox Terrier is 13-14 years. This is a very healthy and hardy breed that does not suffer from many of the health problems found in other breeds. Any problems that they do have tend to be as individuals rather than breed specific.
If you are considering the adoption of a Smooth Fox Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is still very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Health and Nutrition — Growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet — Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org
*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.