Smooth Foxillon

6-15 lbs
United States
Smooth Fox Terrier

The Smooth Foxillon is a small designer dog and a cross between a Papillon and a Smooth Fox Terrier. They can live for up to 16 years and are playful, inquisitive dogs who have a big dog attitude. They love to be with their families and get on well with children, although younger children will need to be closely monitored and taught not to be too rough when playing with the dog. Early sociallization and training will help your pet get on with other dogs and cats in the household as they can be a little bossy and are fearless even with much bigger dogs.  They are intelligent dogs who will be responsive to training. Common colors may include white, black and tan, brown, red and sable. The coat is likely to be silky and dense and can be short or long and feathery.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Papillon, Smooth Fox Terrier

Smooth Foxillon Health

Average Size
Male Smooth Foxillon size stats
Height: 8-12 inches Weight: 7-16 lbs
Female Smooth Foxillon size stats
Height: 7-11 inches Weight: 6-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Distichiasis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Cataracts
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Follicular Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Shoulder Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • Eye
  • Heart
  • Dna For Vwd
  • Skeletal
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hip and Knee

Smooth Foxillon Breed History

The Smooth Foxillon is a hybrid or designer breed that was developed by crossing a Papillon and a Smooth Fox Terrier. Papillon is French for "butterfly" and the dogs were so named because of their ears which fan out like butterfly wings. It is thought by some that the Papillon is the modern version of Continental Toy Spaniels and Dwarf Spaniels which were found in Europe in the 1200s. Those with dropped ears or "moth" ears are known as Phalenes. Although developed in France, these tiny dogs were also popular in Spain and Italy and Italian breeders were said to have transported them on the back of mules to the court of Louis XIV. They were popular with royalty and Marie Antoinette was said to have owned one called Coco who it was rumoured she carried with her to the guillotine. Coco is said to have survived the Revolution and lived to the grand old age of 22. The Smooth Fox Terrier’s ancestors are believed to Black and Tan Terriers, Bull Terriers, Greyhounds and Beagles. They used to be crossed with Wire Fox Terriers and at one stage were considered one breed. The Smooth Fox Terrier was developed in the 1700’s in England for fox hunting with England's Fox Terrier Club founded in 1876. They are believed to have arrived in the United States in 1879 and the American Fox Terrier Club was founded in 1885. The American Kennel Club recognized the Smooth Fox Terrier and the Wire Fox Terrier as separate breeds in 1985. Smooth Fox Terriers are not that common although still used for hunting and in show circles.

Smooth Foxillon Breed Appearance

The Smooth Foxillon is a small hybrid breed who weighs between 7 and 16 pounds with a height of up to 12 inches. Common colors may include white, with black and tan, brown, red and sable markings. The coat is likely to be silky and dense and can be short or long and feathery. Your pet may have the fringed butterfly-like wings of the Papillon or the smooth ears of the Smooth Fox Terrier which may be erect or flop forward. The tail is likely to be furry and carried over the back. Smooth Fox Terriers used to have docked tails but this is illegal in many counties. The eyes are small and dark and the nose is black.

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

Smooth Foxillon Breed Maintenance

The Smooth Foxillon is pretty easy to take care of as they don’t shed a lot and only need weekly brushing to keep looking good. Even if your dog has the longer hair and feathering of the Papillon they are easy to look after as they are not prone to matting. For longer haired dogs you may want to get a professional groomer to do a trim from time to time. These dogs are not known for having a strong doggy aroma so bathing only needs to happen when necessary. Brush the teeth daily though, to keep the teeth in good condition and check the ears for any signs of infection. The nails can be clipped when needed.

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

Smooth Foxillon Temperament

The Smooth Foxillon is a playful, adventurous dog who loves spending time with the family. They are ideally suited to families who have older children who know how to behave around a dog. They will play for hours with older children and love activities which challenge them both mentally and physically. With early socialization and training the Smooth Foxillon will get on well with other dogs and even cats, but may chase pets like rabbits or guinea pigs because of their hunting ancestry. They are alert dogs who will bark at strangers but are not aggressive at all. They are good watchdogs but can be prone to excessive barking which is something that should be stopped when they are young in case it develops into a problem. They are also known to dig if bored so the best solution is to make sure they get enough exercise. They are very energetic and easy to train and will love taking part in activities like dog sports.

Smooth Foxillon Activity Requirements

The Smooth Foxillon may be small but is a very active dog who will need plenty of exercise. Daily walks will be a good idea and they will enjoy running around in a fenced in garden to burn off their excess energy. They can adapt to an apartment, although would prefer a house with a garden. Your pet may try to dig under a fence so make sure it is secure and they are not left alone for any length of time that may lead to boredom. The Smooth Fox Terrier is known to occasionally pick fights with other dogs, whereas the Papillon is friendlier so it will depend on which parent breed your pet takes most after. Early socialization will ensure they are confident around other dogs, though.

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

Smooth Foxillon 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 Foxillon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Smooth Foxillon size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Smooth Foxillon size stats at six months
Height: 6.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Smooth Foxillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Smooth Foxillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Smooth Foxillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Smooth Foxillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs

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