Smooth Fox Terrier Dog Breed

The Smooth Fox Terrier is loved among hunters and families alike.
By: PawCulture Editors
Smooth Fox Terrier

About the Smooth Fox Terrier Dog Breed

The Smooth Fox Terrier was bred to run with the hounds and horses, then to go to ground and pursue the quarry into its den. Although it resembles its cousin, the Wire Fox Terrier, it was bred independently in England during the 1800s.

Smooth Fox Terrier Physical Characteristics

The Smooth Fox Terrier has a small to medium build. Its head is triangular with a long narrow muzzle and semi-pricked ears. Its tail is medium in length and is held erect.


Most commonly seen in white with tan and black or white and tan.


As its name implies, the coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier is smooth in texture. It is also short length.

Smooth Fox Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



The Smooth Fox Terrier is bright and brave. It loves to play games and is generally hyper by nature. It is very protective of its human family and will bark at strangers, making them good watchdogs.

Things to Consider

The Smooth Fox Terrier will do better with older children than with young children. It often chases small animals and therefore does not fare well in homes with cats and other small animals. A high attention breed, it can also be food aggressive and is known to dig in the yard when they are not given as much attention as needed.

*Note: This is not a good breed for the first time dog owner.

Smooth Fox Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

The Smooth Fox Terrier would do best in the country or city.

Special Requirements The breed requires daily exercise and benefits from tasks or jobs to keep it busy.

Smooth Fox Terrier Health

The following conditions are commonly seen in Smooth Fox Terriers:


Smooth Fox Terrier History and Background

Though there are no documents that can establish the Smooth Fox Terrier’s ancestry, the breed was already admired among dog show fanciers by the turn of the 19th century. Accompanying Foxhound packs, the Smooth Fox Terrier would dislodge foxes that tried to hide. Primarily hunters chose white dogs, as it was easy to distinguish them from the quarry, even when there was little light.

Some experts believe the Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers shared a common background, while others insist the breed descended from the Bull Terrier, Black and Tan Terrier, Beagle and Greyhound. Regardless, the American Kennel Club approved separate standards for both the Wire and Smooth Fox Terriers in 1984.

Early breeders attempted to cross the breed with its wire-haired cousin, but the practice has since been discontinued.

Being among the first dogs to be members of the show ring, Smooth Fox Terriers were initially classified with the Sporting breeds. Today, it has retained its keen expression and energetic demeanor. For this reason, it is loved among hunters and families alike.