Smooth Fox Terrier, the original Fox Terrier, shares the
same origins as the Wire Fox Terrier, and they both share
the same standard, save for the coat type. Although the
Fox Terrier is said to have existed in hunt kennels since
the 1700's, because few records were kept until the
1860's, its exact ancestry is unknown. Educated guesses
suggest that basic terrier stock in England was crossed
with the Bulldog, the smooth-coated Black and Tan, the
Greyhound and the Beagle. The Fox Terrier's name says it
all: this breed was the most popular when it came to fox
hunting. The small and compact yet strong and speedy body
allowed it to follow its prey anywhere. Today, although
they do maintain some hunting instincts, this breed is
best known for its companionship in either the city or
country. It needs daily exercise.
preferably measure 15.5" (39 cm) or less; females
should stand slightly shorter.
lbs (8 kg) for dogs, 16 lbs (7.1 kg) for bitches
The Smooth Fox Terrier's coat should be dense, short and
shiny. The coat is predominantly white with black or brown
splash marks. Regular brushing keeps the coat neat and
This courageous, watchful breed is also extremely
affectionate, playful and lively. He loves to participate
in fun of all kinds.
Deafness may be a problem in predominantly white dogs.
The Smooth Fox Terrier was one of the first terrier breeds
to arrive in North America, where it found instant
popularity in the first part of this century. This
popularity was partly due to its agreeable nature, but
perhaps also in part to the logo of a prominent recording
company. Who has never seen the seen the pup at the
phonograph, head cocked to one side, listening to
"His Master's Voice?"