Toy Fox Terrier

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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 3-7 lbs     Fur length: Short    Ears: Pointy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: 3 Colors


Life Expectancy: About 13-14 years.    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Toy Fox Terrier originated in the United States and was bred to be a ratter and to hunt small vermin. Their ancestor is the Smooth Fox Terrier but these dogs were bred to be much smaller which was done by mixing in the Italian Greyhound, English Toy Terrier and the Chihuahua. Today these dogs resemble the Jack Russell Terrier as their body and facial expressions are very similar to them. The Toy Fox Terrier also goes by the name American Toy Terrier.

The Toy Fox Terrier has a compact small body that is muscular and athletic. Their muzzle is long and their eyes have a curious expression to them. They have toned legs which help them in the hunt for mice or rats, and a naturally long tail that is docked for show purposes. The Toy Fox Terrier has a short hard coat that will come in white with black accents on the face, body and tail. Tan accents also occur in this breed.

This little dog has a mischievous and inquisitive personality that they love to show off. They have the mind set of a much larger animal and is outgoing with other big animals. They tend to get along great with people and are used for helping the deaf as a hearing dog!


The Toy Fox Terrier will come in one colour variety which is a white with black or tan accents. The black and tan will be on their face, ears or tail.


This breed has a thick short coat that sheds quite a bit. It feels smooth yet hard to the touch and will need to be brushed about once per week just to remove dead fur. Bathing is required every 2-3 months as they are relatively clean dogs.


The Toy Fox Terrier is a playful and affectionate breed that will be great for people or families with no smaller pets and older children. This breeds instinct is to hunt vermin so mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc. will be considered prey to them. Younger children will be to rough for this little guy to endure so older children are recommended to interact with this dog. Stubborn yet clever, the Toy Fox Terrier is an entertaining little breed that does not act like a small dog. They are not a prissy breed that need to be carried from place to place as they are much tougher than they look. Although this breed is extremely tiny, they can be trained to do very important tasks and have helped out the handicapped and in some cases the deaf! They have a quick responsive mind that makes them relatively simple to train whether that be in obedience or for little tricks.


This breed has a very short coat that will need weekly brushing and bathes about every 2 months to upkeep their appearance. They are a low maintenance dog that will take roughly 15 minutes per week of grooming. The Toy Fox Terrier is prone to legg-calve-perthes syndrome, luxating patella's and some have allergies to food such as wheat, corn and beet pulp. The breed is generally a very healthy dog with the above diseases being a rarity.


This breed is a clever little dog that will excel in training provided their owner is firm and consistent with them. They have been known to excel highly in basic obedience as they have a high intelligence level that just needs a gentle training method to encourage it. These dogs have the personality and trainability to become hearing dogs for the deaf or handicapped.


This little dog will need about a half of hour of exercise per day and either a walk or time spent in a dog park will be perfect for them. These dogs tend to tire themselves out during the day so not to much activity will be needed. The Toy Fox Terrier will be perfect for people that live in apartments as they don't require much room, although a back yard would be great so they have an outdoor area to run around in.

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