Smooth Fox Terriers are friendly and outgoing with almost everyone they meet. But, they can and often are aggressive to
other dogs - in fact with most other animals of any size. However, individual dogs can vary quite a bit in temperament, due
to heredity and upbringing. Very rarely is a Smooth Fox Terrier aggressive to people. Smooth Fox Terriers can make
wonderful family dogs. They are usually great with older children and enjoy the hours a child will spend with them.
However, we recommend them with children 10 years and older. A Smooth should always be kept in a securely fenced
yard or on a leash when being walked. No dog should ever be allowed to run loose. The Smooth's fun-loving nature would
most assuredly get him into trouble if left to his own devices. The Smooth Fox Terrier loves life and is usually on the go
and often into things. They are very smart dogs. They need a lot of attention, plenty of love, and understanding. The
Smooth is a high energy dog. They are happy and curious. Like a bright child, they are great fun, but also a challenge to
live with. The Smooth loves his people and needs to be a part of the family. They always want to be with you and a part of
whatever you are doing. They are also great couch and bed dogs. It helps to have a good sense of humor when living with
a Smooth Fox Terrier.
Smooth Fox Terriers were bred to be hunters of small game. Active and inquisitive, their hunting instincts can get them in
trouble. Their instinct is to work alone without man's guidance. They do not have a strong will to do man's bidding. They
love to be with us, but do not need our constant approval as many breeds do. They are very catlike in this manner. They
can be trained and are quick to pick up new things. Training needs to be fun and positive. They do not respond to negative
All puppies are cute. They are so new and innocent. They love everybody and everything! However, they are also a
challenge to raise properly. Up until they are six months, old they have puppy teeth that are very sharp and can cause
some real damage. They also take some time to house train. They need lots of attention and should be with a family where
someone is home most of the day. The Smooth is a puppy until he is 2 years old. From 2 to 3 years of age, consider him a
teenager! And, Smooths will keep their puppy-like attitude forever. There are advantages to both the puppy and the adult.
The adult dog is past all this. He may be already house trained, and used to walking on a leash. He will be more settled in.
Take both into consideration when you start looking for a Smooth Fox Terrier.
The Smooth Fox Terrier is predominately white with either tan markings or black and tan markings. The markings on the
black and tan are the same pattern as the Doberman or Rottweiler. Where color shows though, it will be in this pattern.
The coat is from 1/4in. up to an inch long and they do shed. They are about 15in. to 18in. measured to the shoulder and
approximately 15 to 23 pounds in weight. Although they are lap sized, in their hearts they are much larger. They are an
easy care dog and only need to be brushed and bathed. As with all dogs, toenails and ear cleaning should also be done on
a regular basis. The Smooth usually lives a long and healthy life. Many live to be 15 or more years old. They are generally
very hearty and do not have any major heredity problems. They are strong and seldom get sick if properly protected from
contagious disease by regular vaccinations and sensible precautions. Annual veterinary check-ups are always
recommended for every pet.