Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a lively, alert medium sized dog that is sadly rarely seen in the UK, unlike its more popular cousin, the Wire Haired Fox Terrier.

Smooth Fox Terrier Breed Group


Size of the Smooth Fox Terrier


Colour Varieties of the Smooth Fox Terrier

The breed comes in 6 colours which include:

  • Black & White
  • Tan & White
  • Tricolour
  • White
  • White & Black
  • White & Tan

Country of Origin


Time of original development

The exact origins of the SFT are unknown, but the breed features in paintings going back to 1790. The Smooth Fox Terrier was originally used to hunt foxes and vermin.

Smooth Fox Terrier introduction and overview

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a medium-sized dog with short, close coat. It is also known as the SFT or the Foxie. Sadly, the breed is rarely seen today, and is one of the breeds on the Kennel’s Club vulnerable native breed list.

Size and weight of the Smooth Fox Terrier

Height bitch 33-38cms

Height dog 36-41cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 7-7.5kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 7.5-8kgs

Exercise requirements of the Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier  requires around an hour of good vigorous exercise daily. The breed can be kept in an apartment if it receives adequate exercise and stimulation.

Smooth Fox Terrier temperament

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a sociable, loyal and playful dog. It generally makes a good family dog, and likes the company of children. It is good with other dogs, but contact will other small pets is not advisable due to its strong hunting instinct.

Is the Smooth Fox Terrier a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes. The Smooth Fox Terrier is intelligent and keen to learn, although it can be a little stubborn.

Smooth Fox Terrier coat length


Grooming requirements of the Smooth Fox Terrier

Low. The short, coarse coat requires little grooming. An occasional buff with a chamois leather will add a lovely shine to the coat.

Ears need to be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infection.


No. This breed sheds, so an unsuitable choice for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Terrier is a fairly healthy and hardy dog but prospective owners should be aware of the following known health issues recorded in the breed and consult their breeder:

  • Deafness
  • Eye problems
  • Luxating Patellas
  • Skeletal problems

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Smooth Fox Terrier

A healthy Smooth Fox Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-15 years.

Approximate Smooth Fox Terrier pedigree puppy price

No current estimates are available due to the low numbers of this breed. Indeed, only 148 pedigree puppies were registered with the Kennel Club in 2015. There are generally 3-6 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Smooth Fox Terrier would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 7kgs requires 150gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 7kgs bitch or dog is around £3.50

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment