Smooth Fox Terrier: FCI breed standard
Breed standard Smooth-haired Fox Terrier FCI No. 12 (02.03.1998)
Date of publication of a previous standard
Group 3. Terriers
Section 1. Large and medium sized terriers
Performance testing is optional
In the photo: Smooth Fox Terrier
GENERAL APPEARANCE: Active, lively, bony and strong with a small volume, not coarse and not shapeless. Not tall, not too short, standing like a well-built short-riding hunting horse, covering a lot of space.
BEHAVIOR AND TEMPERAMENT: Vigilant, agile, with a penetrating gaze, tense in anticipation. Friendly, sociable and fearless.
CRANIAL REGION: The skull is flat, moderately narrow. Narrows gradually to the eyes.
Transition from forehead to muzzle: Not noticeable.
Muzzle: Jaws, upper and lower, strong and muscular, only slightly sloping under the eyes. This part of the forceps is moderately machined so as not to be wedge-shaped.
Jaws and teeth: The jaws are strong, with a perfect, regular and fully scissor bite, i.e. the upper teeth closely overlap the lower and stand perpendicular to the jaw.
Cheekbones: Not at all full.
EYES: Dark, small and rather deep set, as round as possible. The look is cheerful and smart.
Ears: Small, hanging on the cartilage, triangular, falling forward close to the cheekbones, not hanging on the sides of the head. The fold of the ear is above the cranium. Auricle of moderate thickness.
NECK: Dry and muscular, without a bosom, of sufficient length and gradually expanding to the shoulders.
Back (from withers to maclocs): Short, flat and strong, without weakness.
Loin: Powerful, very slightly arched.
Chest: Deep, not wide.
Ribs: True ribs are arched, false ribs are deep.
TAIL: Usually docked. It is set rather high, it is kept cheerfully, but not above the back, it is not twisted. Strong.
FRONT: When viewed from any point, the forelimbs should be straight, with wrists not prominent or hardly visible.
Shoulders: Long, slanting, with graceful protrusions, clearly outlined at the withers.
HINDQUARTER: Strong, muscular, completely devoid of weakness or saber.
Hips: Long and powerful.
Knees: With well defined angles.
FEET: Small, rounded and in a lump. Pads are rigid, dense, fingers are moderately arched, not turned in or out.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Front and hind legs extend straight forward and parallel to each other. The elbows are directed strictly back, moving without interference on the sides. The knees are not twisted neither in nor out. Metatarsus are not brought together. A significant push comes from well-bent hind limbs.
HAIR: Straight, adhering, smooth, stiff, dense and thick. The abdomen and inner thighs are not bald.
COLOR: White should prevail all white, white with reddish-brown, black and tan (black-fringed) or black spots. Tiger, red or brown spots are extremely undesirable.
WEIGHT: Males 7.3 - 8.2 kg (16-18 pounds), females 6.8 - 7.7 kg (15 - 17 pounds).
DEFECTS: Any deviation from the above points should be regarded as a flaw or vice depending on the severity.
NOTE: Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.