Fox Terrier – Smooth/Wire


The Fox Terrier – Smooth/Wire has a noble appearance that is typically found in Terriers. Its head is small with a long muzzle. The ears are small and triangular; they are bent toward its face. The breed’s facial features are dark in color. Its long body is sturdy and compact. The breed’s neck is somewhat short and angles slightly to its back. The tail is usually docked. Its coat is short and smooth. The limbs are very strong and muscular. The hocks are thick. The back legs are well angulated. The front legs are straight.


Terriers are typically very courageous and feisty dogs. The Fox Terrier – Smooth/Wire is no exception. However, this breed may go as far as to actually bite someone in its family. The most common scenario for such an act is if the breed feels threatened or teased. While it is an excellent playmate for children, it is not recommended that this breed interact with children who are not well behaved or who tease animals. Training this breed as a puppy will help to alleviate much of its aggressive nature. This breed is considered dog aggressive and may chase and terrorize non-canine pets in its home. It is an effective watchdog.

Height and Weight

Male height: 14-16 inchesMale weight: 15-20 poundsFemale height: 13-15 inchesFemale weight: 13-18 pounds

Health Problems

The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire is generally a healthy breed. The health problems that are associated with this breed are minor. The most common health concerns for this breed include eye conditions and distichiasis.

Ideal Living Conditions

The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire is a breed that is suitable for indoor living conditions. The breed will generally remain active when it resides indoors.


The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire usually resides indoors and is active, but still requires regular exercise. While the breed will enjoy running free, it is recommended that it is not allowed to run off the leash because it has a tendency to chase small animals.

Life Expectancy

The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire has an average life expectancy of 15 years.

Litter Size

The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire has an average litter size of 3-6 puppies.


As with breeds with short coats, the Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire does not require a significant amount of grooming. Regular brushing of the coat is all that is necessary. The coat can be washed, but only occasional washing is recommended.


The Fox Terrier – Smooth/Wire was developed in the late 1800s in England.




The Fox Terrier-Smooth/Wire is typically completely white. Markings of light brown, black, reddish-brown, or red is also acceptable.