The Smooth Fox Terrier Association



GENERAL APPEARANCE  Active and lively, bone and strength in small compass, never cloddy or coarse. Neither leggy nor too short in the leg, standing like a well-made, short-backed hunter, covering a lot of ground.  

CHARATERISTICS   Alert, quick of movement, keen of expression, on tiptoe of expectation. Temperament Friendly, forthcoming and fearless. 

HEAD AND SKULL  Skull flat, moderately narrow, gradually decreasing in width to eyes. A little stop apparent, cheeks never full, jaws, upper and lower, strong and muscular, falling away only slightly below eyes. This portion of foreface moderately chiselled out, so as not to go down in a straight line like a wedge. Nose black. 

EYES  Dark, moderately small, as near as possible circular in shape but not prominent. Expression bright and intelligent.

EARS Small, V-shaped and dropping forward close to cheek, not hanging by side of head. Fold of ear above level of skull. Leather of moderate thickness.  

MOUTH  Jaws strong with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws. 

NECK Clean and muscular, without throatiness, of fair length and gradually widening to shoulders. 

FOREQUARTERS  Shoulders long and sloping, well laid back, fine at points, cleanly cut at withers. Legs from any angle must be straight showing little or no appearance of an ankle in front. They 

BODY Chest deep, not broad. Back short, level and strong without slackness. Loin powerful, very slightly arched. Foreribs moderately sprung, back ribs deep. 

HINDQUARTERS   Strong and muscular, quite free from droop or crouch; thighs long and powerful, hocks well let down, good turn of stifle. 

FEET  Small, round and compact. Soles hard and tough, toes moderately arched, and turning neither in nor out. 

TAIL Previously customarily docked. 

Docked: Set on rather high and carried gaily but not over back or curled. Of good strength. Undocked: Set on rather high and carried gaily but not over back. As straight as possible. Tail of moderate length to give balance to the dog. 

GAIT/MOVEMENT  Fore- and hind legs carried straight forward and parallel. Elbows move perpendicular to body, working free of sides, stifles neither turning in nor out and hocks not close. Good drive coming from well flexing hindquarters. 

COAT  Straight, flat, smooth, hard, dense and abundant. Belly and underside of thighs not bare. 

COLOUR  White should predominate, all white, white with tan, black and tan or black markings. Brindle, red or liver markings highly undesirable. 

SIZE Height at withers not exceeding 39cms (15 ½ ins) in dogs, bitches slightly less. Weight: dogs: 7.5-8 kgs (16-18 lbs); bitches: 7-7.5 kgs (15-17 lbs).

FAULTS  Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work. 

NOTE Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum. -

The Smooth Fox Terrier Association Code of Ethics

1. Will properly house, feed, water and exercise all dogs under their care and arrange for appropriate veterinary attention if and when required.

2. Will agree without reservation that any veterinary surgeon performing an operation on any of their dogs which alters the natural conformation of the animal, may report such operation to the Kennel Club.

3. Will agree that no healthy puppy will be culled. Puppies which may not conform to the Breed Standard should be placed in suitable homes. 

4. Will abide by all aspects of the Animal Welfare Act.

5. Will not create demand for, nor supply, puppies that have been docked illegally.

6. Will agree not to breed from a dog or bitch which could be in any way harmful to the dog or  to the breed.

7. Will not allow any of their dogs to roam at large or to cause a nuisance to neighbours or those carrying out official duties.

8. Will ensure that their dogs wear properly tagged collars and will be kept leashed or under effective control when away from home.

9. Will clean up after their dogs in public places or anywhere their dogs are being exhibited.

10. Will only sell dogs where there is a reasonable expectation of a happy and healthy life and will help with the re-homing of a dog if the initial circumstances change.

11. Will supply written details of all dietary requirements and give guidance concerning responsible ownership when placing dogs in a new home.

12. Will ensure that all relevant Kennel Club documents are provided to the new owner when selling or transferring a dog, and will agree, in writing, to forward any relevant documents at the earliest opportunity, if not immediately available.

13. Will not sell any dog to commercial dog wholesalers, retail pet dealers or directly or indirectly allow dogs to be given as a prize or donation in a competition of any kind.  Will not sell by sale or auction Kennel Club registration certificates as stand alone items (not accompanying a dog).

14. Will not knowingly misrepresent the characteristics of the breed nor falsely advertise dogs nor mislead any person regarding the health or quality of a dog.

Breach of these provisions may result in expulsion from club membership, and/or disciplinary action by the Kennel Club and/or reporting to the relevant authorities for legal action, as appropriate.

Kennel Club 2008