The Smooth Fox Terrier is a lively, energetic, happy, loving, playful and fearless dog. He is completely devoted to his family, and wants to be closely involved in your life. He needs a great deal of attention and affection, and in return is loyal, intensely affectionate, and outstandingly protective. He is a superb watchdog with a keen eye and ear and a very effective bark. He may sometimes bark too much in his strong desire to defend and alert you. He is reserved with guests, but can become friendly if he's given chances to meet strangers while still a puppy, and he is generally not aggressive toward people. He can be aggressive toward other dogs, however, and is not trustworthy around small pets, cats and birds. He may be able to tolerate some pets of he is socialized with them while still young. He has very strong chase instincts and will try to hunt small animals. He may confront larger dogs. When outdoors, he should always be on a leash, or in a safely fenced area. He needs a great deal of exercise to help expend all of his playfulness and energy, and he needs both mental as well as physical games and tasks. He loves to frolic in the yard, chase water hoses, wrestle with his squeaky toys or fetch tennis balls. He can go walking, jogging and hiking with you--and will be alert and protective of you every step of the way! He is not a good dog to leave alone in the house or yard; when bored or ignored, he becomes mischievous, and may bark, dig, chase animals, or try to escape. He is a trainable dog and quick to learn, but also can be stubborn and independent. He doesn't have an inborn desire to obey your commands, and so must be trained with firm, positive consistency. He likes children and is very playful with them, but he may be too rough for very young children, and may bite; he is a better companion for older children. He is a medium shedder, and so might not be a good pet if you are concerned about dog-hair in the home.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is 13 to 16 inches tall (to shoulders) and weighs 13 to 20 pounds.
He has a short, thick, flat coat. His coat color can be white, or white with black, tan, or both.
His coat needs to be brushed occasionally, or more often to reduce shedding.
The Smooth Fox Terrier was bred to chase foxes out of their holes. His development goes back to the mid-19th century, and he is thought to be descended from several different terrier breeds, Greyhounds, and Beagles. For many years both the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier were considered to be one breed, and a single standard was set for both dogs by the English Fox Terrier Club in 1876. The first American Fox Terrier Club was founded in 1885. In 1984, the AKC separated the two breeds, and recognized the Smooth Fox Terrier as a distinct dog. His AKC popularity was 101st out of 157 breeds in 2007.