Toy Fox Terrier

The toy fox terrier is an American dog that was developed during the 1930s to control vermin on farmsteads. The breed was created by initially crossing small specimens of the fox terrier with various toy breeds, including Chihuahuas, Manchester terriers and Italian greyhounds. In 2003, the American Kennel Club recognized the toy fox terrier as a member of the toy group.

The Tox Fox Terrier is a small athletic dog breed with square proportions. They are directly related to Fox Terriers, but are a separate breed. Their heads are small with relatively long muzzles. Their v-shaped erect ears appear over-proportionately large. The Toy Fox Terrier's coat is short, dense and glossy. The coat is easy to groom, it only needs to be brushed occasionally. Personality: The Toy Fox Terrier is lively, active, inquisitive and alert. They have moderate exercise needs and need to be taken for daily walks. Toy Fox Terriers are usually friendly towards other dogs, pets and children. They are intelligent and want to please, but may be stubborn or independent if they are not trained well.

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Breed Type
Pure
Origin
United States
Family
Group
Function
Life Span
12-15 Years
Hypoallergenic
No
Other Names
American toy terrier, Amertoy, Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Build Information

Size
Toy
Length (Male)
8-12 in.
Length (Female)
8-10 in.
Weight
< 14 lbs
Litter Size
1 - 3 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop
Docked
Preferred Climate
Any Climate

The toy fox terrier is a tiny dog that stands less than a foot tall at the shoulder, averaging 8 to 11 inches, and weighs between four and nine pounds. Despite its small size, the toy fox terrier is built for strength, endurance and agility. Toy fox terriers have smooth coats that may be tricolor, white and tan, chocolate and tan or white and black. The tail is docked at the third or fourth joint and stands erect, but the pointy ears stand erect naturally. The Tox Fox Terrier is a small athletic dog breed with square proportions.

They are directly related to Fox Terriers, but are a separate breed.

Their heads are small with relatively long muzzles. Their v-shaped erect ears appear over-proportionately large. The Toy Fox Terrier's coat is short, dense and glossy. The coat is easy to groom, it only needs to be brushed occasionally.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level
Energy Level
Independant
Good to Other Pets
Dominating or Submissive?
Guardian Skills
Barking
Aggressiveness Level

The toy fox terrier is an animated and athletic little dog that can play for hours and excel in agility courses. The loyal and devoted companion is highly intelligent, eager to please its owners and relatively easy to train. Curious, spirited and spunky, this breed thrives on delighting its owners with entertaining antics. Toy fox terriers get along with children, cats and other dogs, but their prey drive will kick in when backyard wildlife comes into its sites. They are an ideal size for apartment living, and they make alert watchdogs.

Toy fox terriers crave extensive interaction with their families.

The Toy Fox Terrier is lively, active, inquisitive and alert. They have moderate exercise needs and need to be taken for daily walks. Toy Fox Terriers are usually friendly towards other dogs, pets and children. They are intelligent and want to please, but may be stubborn or independent if they are not trained well.

Appearance

Colors
Black & Tan Tan Tri-Color
Shedding
Moderate
Grooming
Low Maintenance
Coat Type
Dense

Toy fox terriers need minimal grooming to maintain their smooth coats. A weekly wipe with the grooming mitt will remove any dead hairs and restore the coat’s luster. Conversely, their teeth should be brushed daily to prevent periodontal disease, a condition that is especially prevalent in toy breeds.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Very easy to train
Hunting Companion
Yes
Jolly for Jogging
Yes
Sighting Capabilities
No
Ideal for Tracking
No
Retrieving Skills
No
Pointing Breed
No
Herding Skills
No
Dutiful Watchdog
Yes
Security Guard Capable
No
Police Performer
No
Wet Water rescues
No
Assist Disable Owners
No
Dog Sledding
No
Able to Perform Dog Carting
No
Agile/Zippy
Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing
No
Obedient
Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work
No
Trainable for Tricks
Yes
  • The toy fox terrier will be a perfect fit for owners who desire a toy breed with low grooming maintenance, a happy demeanor and high endurance for hours of interactive play and entertainment
  • The toy fox terrier originated in the United States
  • The toy fox terrier is also called an American toy terrier and an Amertoy
  • The toy fox terrier is a confident, playful and spunky little companion that is easy to train
  • The toy fox terrier stands 8 to 11 inches tall at the shoulder and weighs four to nine pounds
  • The toy fox terrier has a moderate energy level
  • The toy fox terrier requires minimal grooming
  • The average lifespan for a toy fox terrier is 12 to 15 years

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Common Health Conditions in Toy Fox Terriers

Toy fox terriers live average lifespans of 12 to 15 years. They are generally hardy, but a few health problems of note include patellar luxation, lens luxation, von Willebrand disease, periodontal disease and congenital hypothyroidism with goiter.

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