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Toy fox terrier


The Toy Fox Terrier is a fun-loving dog with endless amounts of energy. They love to investigate the great outdoors and are rated as one of the most affectionate and playful members of the Toy Group. These dogs enjoy life most when playing with members of the family or other pets in the house. Great around kids, as well as the one-person household, Toy Fox Terriers make an outstanding house pet for anyone, at any age.

A Brief History Of The Toy Fox Terrier

Although the breed enjoys a high popularity rating among households in the United States, their origin only dates back to the beginning of the 1900s. Farmers had always fancied the Smooth Fox Terrier dogs in the U.S. They were useful not only as companions but for also chasing small rodents away. And for entertainment, there was nothing funnier than watching these scrappy little terriers go at it over fun and games.

Eventually these little dogs were crossed with various toy breeds. Included was the Chihuahua, Toy Manchester Terrier, and the Italian Greyhound. The resulting dog was a smaller-sized version of the Smooth Fox Terrier with a few physical differences than its larger version. The feisty temperament subsided a bit through breeding.

Although these dogs were registered with the AKC as “Smooth Fox Terriers”, the name was officially changed to the Toy Fox Terrier in 1936 when the organization granted them their own breed status. In 2003 the dog made its first entrance into the show ring.

Upkeep Requirements For The Toy Fox Terrier

Owning and keeping a Toy Fox Terrier happy takes a combination of attention, love, exercise, and plenty of playtime. These dogs are like a bundle of firecrackers going off all of the time so daily activity is a must. They should have mental stimulation as well as physical play. This makes them easy to train for obedience or simple dog training routines.

Toy Fox Terriers love to dig and bark, so having access to a safe, fenced-in backyard is ideal. Living outside is not recommended. They must sleep indoors at night. They also do not tolerate cold weather well and may need extra warm bedding during the winter months. Grooming requirements call for a quick brushing about once every week or two, nothing major as their coat is short and the breed does not shed often.

Health Concerns

The average lifespan of the Toy Fox Terrier is between thirteen and fourteen years. A truly healthy breed, there are no major health concerns to worry about. Minor health problems include demodicosis, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Rarely seen is vWD. Veterinarians suggest that Toy Fox Terriers get tested for DNA for congenital hypothyroidism, vWD, knee, and thyroid problems.


The Toy Fox Terrier is an American breed that was bred from the Smooth Fox Terrier, Chihuahua, Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, and Italian Greyhound. During the 1930′s, American farmers   developed it for killing vermin.

Some people think that only the Smooth Fox Terrier was used to develop this breed using selective breeding of the runts. The United Kennel Club gave this breed recognition in 1936 and the AKC did so in 2000.

General Looks

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small, muscular, and graceful dog. The erect ears are v-shaped and the eyes are big and colored brown. His tail is short, straight, and held upwards.

Is This Your Breed?

This breed isn’t for small kids because it is a toy breed. But older kids will like his playful nature. The Toy Fox Terrier is a good apartment dog because of his diminutive size. He needs brushing each week to prevent shedding, which is easy because of his short fur. Otherwise, keep the claws trimmed and give his a bath on occasion. He is a light shedder. He needs a sweater when outside during cold weather.


The coat is satin-like, shiny, smooth, and fine textured. The ruff is a bit longer.


The main color is white. The markings are black and tan. Some dogs have both black and tan markings.


The movement is typified by sufficient reach and good drive, plus it flows and is smooth.


The Toy Fox Terrier is very intelligent and easy to train. He likes pleasing his owner. He is friendly, faithful, playful, energetic, spirited, and funny. He likes playing fetch and being a lap dog. He will continue to be playful as long as he lives.


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