Smooth Fox Pinscher

12-15 lbs
Miniature Pinscher
Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Fox Pinscher is an intentional hybrid, the cross between a capable and intense ratter that was developed in Germany, the Miniature Pinscher, and an English hunting dog used specifically to flush foxes from their dens and bolt holes. The result is a small, active canine with intense curiosity and prey drive. These little dogs can do quite well in apartment type settings if given adequate training and socialization to curb their scrappiness with other animals and to control their barking. The Smooth Fox Pinscher is still a fairly uncommon hybrid so finding a reputable breeder may be difficult at this time.

purpose Purpose
Companion Animal and Watchdog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Pinscher and Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Fox Pinscher Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 12-15 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 12-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None Known
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Corneal Dystrophy
  • Mitral Valve Dysplasia
  • Myasthenia Gravis
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Sebaceous Adenitis (SA)
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • BAER Testing
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)

Smooth Fox Pinscher Breed History

 The Smooth Fox Pinscher is a designer dog, the combination of the Miniature Pinscher, a very adept ratter from Germany, and the Smooth Fox Terrier, an English canine designed to flush foxes from their dens and bolt holes. While the Miniature Pinscher looks very much like a miniaturized version of the Doberman Pinscher, the Miniature Pinscher is actually the older of the two breeds by at least a century or two, although both are believed to be descended from the Old German Standard Pinscher. While Miniature Pinschers remained virtually unknown outside of Germany until the late 1800s, they were employed to rid both farms and homes in Germany of rats and other small vermin for several centuries prior to that as evidenced in paintings, sculptures, and written accounts. The first breed standard for this canine was drawn up in 1895 when the Pinscher-Schnauzer Klub was first developed and once World War I ended, Miniature Pinschers were imported into the United States. The American Kennel Club first recognized this little dog as the Min-Pin and originally classified it as a terrier, then shortly after reclassified it into the toy category. It remained listed this way from 1929 until 1972 when they changed the name to Miniature Pinscher. The Fox Terrier in the United States has an equally complicated past. Initially, both Smooth and Wire Fox Terriers were considered to be one breed and were both registered and shown together for over a century, but it is now believed by most experts that the two had very different beginnings. The prevailing theory posits that while the ancestors of the Wire Fox Terrier were most likely broken or rough coated black and tan terriers that originated in the areas of Derbyshire, Durham, and Wales, the ancestors of the Smooth Fox Terrier were more numerous and that several dogs, including Bull Terriers, Greyhounds, Beagles, and the Smooth Coated Black and Tan Terrier. Due to the confusion, however, Smooth and Wire Haired Fox Terriers were frequently interbred, and today's Wire Fox Terriers are likely to have some Smooth Fox Terrier ancestors and the Smooth Fox Terrier is likely to have some Wire Fox Terrier in their history as well. 

Smooth Fox Pinscher Breed Appearance

The Smooth Fox Pinscher is typically a small dog, just a little over a foot at the shoulder, with a compact and well-balanced appearance. They have skulls that are flat on top and taper towards the muzzle, although those who favor the Smooth Fox Terrier will have a longer, wider muzzle and those that favor the Miniature Pinscher will have a narrower, more defined muzzle. Their eyes are usually dark brown and oval or round in shape, and their ears sit high up on their head and will typically fold forward or slightly to the side at about halfway down the ear, although they may be held fully upright when at attention, though they can range in size from the fairly small ears of the Smooth Fox Terrier to the proportionally much larger ears of the Miniature Pinscher. While some dogs will favor the predominately white coat of the Smooth Fox Terriers, others may inherit the darker coat colors or distinct marking of their Miniature Pinscher parent breed. 

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

Smooth Fox Pinscher Breed Maintenance

The Smooth Fox Pinscher typically has an extremely uncomplicated grooming routine. Baths are rarely required, particularly if the dog is wiped down on a regular basis with a simple warm, wet washcloth. Although these dogs can get by with a weekly brushing using either a slicker brush or grooming glove, their moderate shedding is better controlled and their coats are more likely to remain supple and shiny when they are brushed a few times a week. Their folding ears should also be kept clean and dry and should be checked on a regular basis to ensure that they do not get infected. If you brush your hybrid's teeth a few times a week, you will avoid costly dental bills in the future. Additionally, trim his nails once or twice per month.

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

Smooth Fox Pinscher Temperament

The Smooth Fox Terrier is described as one of the most intense and impulsive of the terriers, and the Miniature Pinscher is described as one of the most intense and busiest of the toy breeds, so it is no surprise that the Smooth Fox Pinscher is an intense and active dog. They are generally fairly good with small children if socialized with them at an early age, but really make better companions for adults and older children due to their occasional possessiveness and bossiness. Due to their hunting heritage this crossbreed is likely to be particularly hard on their toys, especially those that squeak, and they have an extremely high prey drive. This is not a dog to leave off leash or in the yard unsupervised as their intense prey drive may send them over or under a fence without much hesitation at all. While these canines are intelligent, they can also be headstrong with a mischevious sense of humor, which can make them much more challenging to train and both training and socialization should be started as early as possible to prevent problem behaviors from developing. 

Smooth Fox Pinscher Activity Requirements

This dog has high energy levels but only really require a moderate amount of exercise in part due to their small size. They are typically happiest and healthiest if they get a full hour of exercise per day, which can include activities like walking, playing fetch, and even agility training. Indoors, they tend to be quite active as well, and these dogs should be provided with a number of toys to keep them entertained in order to prevent boredom induced destructiveness. With training and socialization, these dogs can often be taught to be quiet enough to live peacefully in an apartment setting.

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

Smooth Fox Pinscher 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 Pinscher Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at six months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at 12 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs
Female Smooth Fox Pinscher size stats at 18 months
Height: 12.5 inches Weight: 13.5 lbs

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