Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier

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10-15 lbs
United States
Welsh Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier

The Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is part Smooth Fox Terrier and part Welsh Terrier. Since these are both small breeds, your Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier should be small as well. This is an alert and friendly dog that makes a great pet for any family although they should be supervised around young children and small pets that may be mistaken for prey such as hamsters and rabbits. These dogs have an abundance of energy and instinct for hunting so they enjoy digging and chasing the local wildlife in your backyard. While they may take a while to train, they are super intelligent and obedient if you are persistent and patient.

Companion, Guard Dog
Date of Origin
Smooth Fox Terrier and Welsh Terrier

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 12-15 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Height: 10-13 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Shoulder And Elbow Luxation
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Problems such as Pulmonic Stenosis
Minor Concerns
  • Deafness
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • Distichiasis
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • Eye and Ear Examination
  • DNA

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Breed History

Because the Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is still relatively new, they do not have a history to look at. However, the histories of the Smooth Fox Terrier and Welsh Terrier can give you an idea of your dog’s background. The Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier were considered one breed up until the 1920s when the Smooth Fox Terrier became famous for being the logo on the RCA logo. Originally from England, the Smooth Fox Terrier was developed in the 1700s from the Beagle, Greyhounds, Smooth Black and Tan Terriers, and Bull Terriers to be fox hunters as their name suggests. They hunted in packs, chasing foxes into their holes and then going in after them. The Fox Terrier Club of England was developed in 1876 and nine years later its American version was born. Although they were much more popular in the early 1900s, they are now the 124th most common breed of dog in the American Kennel Club, where they have been a member since 1885. The Welsh Terrier from Wales became popular in the 1700s when they were found to be excellent hunters of vermin such as rats, otters, badgers, and foxes. They were especially good at tracking and would chase just about any critter out of their den or cave for their human hunters to get. This earth dogging practice earned them a good reputation at the time and they are still practicing the sport today. Because of their black and tan coats, they used to be called Black and Tan Wire Haired Terriers but their name was changed in the late 19th century by the American Kennel Club who accepted them in 1888. This breed is the 111th most well-liked dog in the United States today.

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Breed Appearance

Your Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier will be a small dog, staying under 20 pounds and 15 inches with a short, hard, and straight but thick coat. They come in many different colors such as parti colored, grizzled, pied, white, beige, liver, merle, spotted, speckled, black, and chocolate but the most common is black and tan. The Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier has large, round dark brown eyes with an inquisitive expression and a long, squared muzzle with a black or brown nose, depending on the coat color. They have a rectangular and stocky body with long legs, a short tail, curved toes, and an athletic build. Their ears are triangular and may be floppy or stand up erect.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is easy to care for and can even be considered hypoallergenic because it does not shed much if you brush your dog several times a week. You should not need anything more than a bristle brush, rubber curry mitt, or slicker brush to keep your dog’s coat looking and feeling healthy. It is fine to shampoo them when necessary but not too often or it can cause dry skin. Cleaning your dog’s ears should be done twice a month and you should also clean their teeth with a soft toothbrush to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Trimming your dog’s toenails once a month is also recommended. 

Brushes for Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Temperament

The Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier has a large personality in a small body with an amazingly huge amount of courage. They will protect themselves and their family from any threat, no matter how big and scary it may be. Although they enjoy playing with other dogs once they are properly socialized, they are hunters at heart and will chase small animals and may injure them. Training them takes a bit of time but once they learn, they are trained for life and will not give you any problem. They like children but should not be left alone with little ones because they can be snappish when aggravated. 

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Activity Requirements

Your Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is full of energy and needs a lot of exercise every day to prevent boredom, anxiety, and keep your dog healthy. Dogs that do not get enough exercise, both mentally and physically, can be susceptible to aggression, excessive barking, and destruction of personal property. Your Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier is a hunting dog at heart and would enjoy chasing local wildlife in the yard or at the park on a daily basis. They are also commonly found in earth dog trials, agility courses, obedience courses, and other outdoor sports like flyball, frisbee, and just a good old fashion game of fetch. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
11 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Welsh Smooth Fox Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 5 lbs
12 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 11 inches Weight: 7 lbs
18 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 17 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs

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