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Smooth Fox Terrier

Breed Characteristics

Active. Territorial; a super watchdog. Barks and digs. Does best with experienced owners.

Is the Smooth Fox Terrier approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



England, 1700s.

Original Purpose

Hunting fox and badger; ratting.

Behaviour and Temperament

Dynamic, energetic, inquisitive, alert, friendly, gay.

What are some Physical Features of the Smooth Fox Terrier?

35.5 to 43cm; 7.5 to 9kg. Show dogs tend to be smaller than pets. Colour is white with tan or black markings; red, brindle, or liver markings not desirable.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short, flat, hard. Low maintenance; brushing once a week. Light seasonal shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Smooth Fox Terrier

12 to 14 years.

Have a Smooth Fox Terrier?

Health Concerns

Legg-Perthes, pulmonary stenosis.

Exercise Needs

High but not demanding.


Adaptable to any living situation.


Good with playful older children. Rather reserved with strangers. Not good around livestock. Usually okay around bigger dogs but may try to dominate smaller ones; okay around family cats if exposed early.


Average; best with an experienced trainer.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, obedience.