Smooth Fox Beagle

17-25 lbs
Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Beagle is an uncommon hybrid, the deliberate cross-breeding between two small hunting dogs from England, the Smooth Fox Terrier, a dog used to chase foxes from their dens and bolt holes, and the Beagle, a small rabbit tracking dog. This combination is typically more active than most dogs this size and requires more exercise and activity in order to keep them happy and healthy. Although they generally do well with adults or with families with older children, they may not be as tolerant of small children or toddlers, and they do not do well in apartment buildings due to their high exercise requirements and tendency to over vocalize. 

purpose Purpose
Companion Animal and Earth Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Smooth Fox Terrier and Beagle

Smooth Fox Beagle Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Fox Beagle size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 17-25 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Beagle size stats
Height: 13-16 inches Weight: 17-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • CVI (Wobbler’s Syndrome)
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Deafness
  • Cataracts
  • Lens Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Canine Glaucoma
  • Myasthenia Gravis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Selective IG A Deficiency
  • Leukodstrophies
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Blood Panel
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)

Smooth Fox Beagle Breed History

The Smooth Fox Beagle is a designer or boutique dog, the intentional mixing of two breeds, the Smooth Fox Terrier, a terrier used to chase foxes out of their dens and bolt holes for English hunters, and the Beagle, an exceptional rabbit tracking dog, also developed in England. Although the Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers were both registered and shown together in the United States for over a century, most experts are in agreement that the two were developed from very different ancestries. Prevailing theories indicate that the Wire Fox Terrier was descended from Broken or Rough coated Black and Tan Terriers from Derbyshire, Durham, and Wales, but that the Smooth Fox Terrier was a blend of several dogs, possibly including Beagles, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds, and the Smooth Coated Black and Tan Terrier. It should be noted, however, that since their inception in the 1700s, these two dogs were often interbred. This means that you will find Smooth Fox Terriers in the ancestry of most Wire Fox Terriers, and you will also typically find that Wire Fox Terriers can be found in the ancestry of most Smooth Fox Terriers. The Beagle was also an English hunting dog, one that specialized in the tracking of rabbits, although they have gone through several changes in size and structure since their inception in the 1400s, with some breeders even popularizing a tiny variety of Beagle known as a “Pocket Beagle” for a time. Conclusive breed standards for the Beagle were finally set in the late 1800s, and both England and the United States formed National Beagle Clubs. Today, the Beagle is the 5th most popular breed in the United States and has retained that status for several years. 

Smooth Fox Beagle Breed Appearance

Although they were bred for similar purposes, the two parent breeds are quite different in structure. Hybrid dogs can inherit any of the characteristics of their parent breeds, in this case, the Beagle, a stocky canine that is slightly longer than it is tall, with a broad, flat head and a deep, square-shaped muzzle, and the Smooth Fox Terrier, a well-muscled but lithe dog with a more narrow, triangular shaped head and a long muzzle that tapers somewhat at the end. They typically have round eyes that are usually brown, although some may inherit the hazel eyes that are sometimes seen with Beagles, and they may have triangular ears that sit high up on the head and fold down like the Smooth Fox Terrier or longer drop ears with rounded ends like the Beagle. Their tails will most likely be straight and carried upright when alert or at attention, although a few may have tails that curl slightly over their backs.  

Eye Color Possibilities
hazel Smooth Fox Beagle eyes
brown Smooth Fox Beagle eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Smooth Fox Beagle nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Smooth Fox Beagle coat
black Smooth Fox Beagle coat
brown Smooth Fox Beagle coat
blue Smooth Fox Beagle coat
brown Smooth Fox Beagle coat
isabella Smooth Fox Beagle coat
red Smooth Fox Beagle coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Smooth Fox Beagle straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Smooth Fox Beagle Breed Maintenance

These dogs are exceedingly easy to care for when it comes to grooming requirements. They only require bathing a few times a year and weekly brushing with either a slicker brush or a grooming glove will help remove any dead or shed hairs as well as keeping the coat supple and shiny. Those Smooth Fox Beagles who inherit the coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier will have a harder and coarser coat than those who inherit the softer coat of the Beagle, but both shed at about the same rate. Dogs that have hanging ears like the Beagle should also be kept clean and dry in order to prevent ear infections.

Brushes for Smooth Fox Beagle
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Smooth Fox Beagle requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Smooth Fox Beagle Temperament

Smooth Fox Terriers are a curious and impulsive breed with a peppery nature, and while the introduction of the Beagle is unlikely to reduce the Smooth Fox Beagle’s curiosity or drive, in most cases it will produce a friendlier animal, toward both people and other canines. Those that take after the Beagle will be more tolerant of small children, but this particular canine will probably be more suited to a home with older children and adults. Like most hound dogs, these dogs have a tendency to follow their nose, they have a serious prey drive, and they are known for their selective deafness, particularly when they are in pursuit of something that has caught their interest. The Smooth Fox Beagle should be kept on a leash when outdoors and should never be left alone in a yard, even a securely fenced yard, without supervision due to their skill as escape artists.

Smooth Fox Beagle Activity Requirements

The Smooth Fox Beagle is a mix of two very active little hound dogs and tends to need more exercise than most dogs their size. Sixty minutes of vigorous activity per day is usually adequate, although most would be even happier with a little more than that. Along with brisk walks and games of fetch in the yard, these canines are likely to be adept at alternative activities such as tracking exercises or agility training. Although these dogs are on the smaller side they usually don’t make particularly good apartment dogs due to their higher exercise requirements and tendency to bark excessively.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Smooth Fox Beagle Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.90 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Smooth Fox Beagle Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at six months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at six months
Height: 17.5 inches Weight: 16.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at 12 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Beagle size stats at 18 months
Height: 14.5 inches Weight: 21.0 lbs

Smooth Fox Beagle Owner Experiences

Mr Scott
15 Years
6 People
House & Yard
Incredibly smart.White with brown spots Would look both ways to cross street, he learned from watching us kids. Was very good with us from the time we were small to as teens. My pet rat could even ride on his back like a jockey. Protected us kids from a strange man by acting so unlike him by snarling and lunging at him when he got too close. Something he NEVER did, but this man was really weird acting. Dogs know. Probably saved our lives that day. He was 15 when he passed from liver failure. He was the dog all others were held up to. Long dead, 1959-1974
2 years, 11 months ago
8 Years
5 People
House & Yard
Park walking
Play keep away
Play fighting
She’s very protective and energetic. She will kill anything that’s small so birds avoid my yard and that’s good for the plants
5 years, 10 months ago
4 Years
6 People
House & Yard
My Smooth Fox Beagle is a very talented escape artist. We had to put up chicken wire along the bottom of our fence so he wouldn't be able to dig. He still escapes underneath the gate. He loves to track and eat small birds, grubs, and small mammals, but will also attempt to eat full-grown deer 5x the size of him. He's an amazing hunter, and his hunting drive is crazy strong. When he's not tracking animals or looking out for them, he likes to snuggle and nap. He's very lazy, and sleeps a good chunk of the day. He's deaf to everything he doesn't want to listen to, but will do anything for food. He's extremely sweet and easy-going. He's never even shown his teeth. And that's a feat, because there are three young children in the house, and they torture him. He's very sweet and gentle, even when they tend to touch his paws and put dress-up items on him. He's also intuitive. He's much gentler with people who he senses don't enjoy or are more tentative around dogs. He gives thousands of kisses a day, and is overall a great companion.
4 years, 2 months ago
8 Years
2 People
House & Yard
Running in the woods
Atv riding
Unfortunately my poor Daisy passed away earlier this week from a seizure at 8 1/2 years old. She was the most loyal dog I ever met and never required a leash except in the city. She love to run and explore and dig up and eat all the moles she could find. She even used to bury treats while we were on walks and dig them up on the way home. She was a great companion dog and tolerated children but did not like to be climbed on.
4 years, 1 month ago
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