Fox Terrier Pen Holder (Smooth)
Fox Terrier Pen Holder (Smooth)

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Smooth Fox Terriers
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

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds 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.


Great Britain


15½ inches

Breed Profile:

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.

Health Issues

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 Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • 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 Resources

Like most Terriers, the Fox Terrier is intelligent but can be stubborn — Training should be consistent and firm. Socialization, especially with other dogs, should be done at a very young age.
  • 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.

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Additional Information

  • 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.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

Breeders  /  Breed Clubs  /  Rescues  /  Books & More