Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier is an athletic toy dog with a smooth, well proportioned outline. They have square yet graceful looking streamlined bodies that are relatively equal in height and length. The head is elegant and slightly rounded. Other distinctive facial features are flat cheeks, round expressive eyes, a strong muzzle and erect, V-shaped ears, which are set high on the head and fairly close together. The short, high-set tail and small feet add to the overall agile appearance. The coat is short, fine and glossy with a consistent color scheme. The head is either black or chocolate with light tan markings around the eyes, cheeks and lips, while the rest of the body is mostly white with occasional black spots.

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Fast Facts

Toy
13 - 14 years
United States
20th century
3.5 - 7 lb
3.5 - 7 lb
8.5 - 11"
8.5 - 11"
Toy Focks Terrier, Toy Fox Terier, or Toy Foxterrier.
American Toy Terrier, Amertoy

Toy Fox Terrier Temperament

The Toy Fox Terrier is known for its intelligence, adaptability, loyalty and eagerness to please....

They enjoy being around people and are very active and animated dogs that remain playful their whole lives. Overall, their mixed toy and terrier heritage give them a well rounded personality. Like most terriers, they possess strong hunting instincts and a spirited “take charge” demeanor, while their toy origins give them a milder, more manageable disposition. They are good at traditional terrier activities, such as flushing out rodents and treeing squirrels, but also make for good family companions. The Toy Fox Terrier is slow to accept strangers, but once it has it will be a friend for life.

Caring For a Toy Fox Terrier

Being naturally active, Toy Fox Terriers will always welcome opportunities to hunt or play fetch outside....

However, they are perfectly content to live indoors, as they will usually exercise themselves and are not well suited to cold weather. They are a fairly healthy breed, but like many toy dogs, they are susceptible to stifle and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Some are also prone to patellar luxation and hypothyroidism as well as corn, wheat or beet-pulp allergies. The Toy Fox Terrier’s short coat makes it relatively easy to groom, as it does not shed much, but some combing on occasion is necessary for maintenance.

Toy Fox Terrier History

A Brief History of the Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier was created in America during the 20th century by crossing the larger Smooth Fox Terrier with a number of different toy breeds, such as the Manchester Terrier, Chihuahua, Italian Greyhound and Miniature Pinscher....

The resulting dog had a milder and more biddable disposition than its constituent breeds while retaining the sharp terrier instincts of the Smooth Fox Terrier. The United Kennel Club recognized these dogs as Smooth Fox Terriers from 1912 until 1936, when it was decided they were a separate breed and given the name Toy Fox Terrier. The Toy Fox Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003. Toy Fox Terriers are very active and intelligent dogs that make wonderful hunters, companions and show ring participants. Many Toy Fox Terriers are trained to participate in Obedience or Agility trials, while others work as service dogs, hearing dogs or circus dogs.