The Smooth Fox Terrier is one of the oldest terrier type dogs developed by combining the old Dachshund, the English Hound, the Fox Hound and the Beagle. It has been recognized as a distinct breed since the 18th century, differentiating it from the wirehaired dog breed. It originated from the British Isles. It weighs between 13 to 20 pounds and stands at a height range of 13 to 16 inches. Sturdy and well-muscled, it has a distinctive head with a flat skull, a slight stop and a muzzle that tapers gradually to a black nose. Its eyes and eye rims are dark in colour and the ears are small and V-shaped that drop forward and fold to the head. Its tail is set high and typically docked. The coat is flat, smooth and made of dense hairs. The colour is predominantly white with black or brown markings over the eyes, the ears and on the middle part of the body.
The Smooth Fox Terrier was originally used for fox bolting – where a pack of dogs will “bolt” after foxes to drive them out of their hiding spots and into the line of sight of the larger hunting dogs as well as the hunters themselves. Its other talents include tracking, watch dog and performing tricks. They are highly intelligent, brave, cheerful and are devoted companion dogs. They like to roam and explore and should not be left alone with small non-canine animals because of their strong hunting instincts. They are highly energetic and need to be kept occupied so that they don’t become restless and bored.