The Toy Fox Terrier is a smart, compact dog that should not be underestimated.
The Toy Fox Terrier, descended from the Smooth-haired Fox Terrier, combines the unconditional love of a small dog with the tenacity of a hunting dog. His funny ears, his soft coat, and his high intelligence make this compact animal the ideal four-legged companion.
The Toy Fox Terrier and its origins
The ancestors of the Toy Fox Terrier have been available in different sizes before. However, some fans of miniature sizes decided to cross the Smooth Fox Terrier with other small breeds.
Characteristics and external appearance
This American dog breed combines the athletic proportions of a terrier with the attentive nature of a small dog. The breed standard was eventually recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2003 and occupies 148th place on its list.
The Toy Fox Terrier is between 21 and 29 inches tall and weighs no more than 3kg. It has square proportions and is about as long as it is tall. That gives him the athletic look he is so famous for.
The official standard allows females to be slightly longer than males. Her skeleton should be strong, but proportional to her weight and height. Her alert and intelligent expressiveness, her bright black eyes and erect ears make the animal very attractive.
Her coat is short, shiny, velvety and covers the body of the animal evenly. According to the American Kennel Club’s breed standard, the following color combinations are allowed:
- White, dark brown and red. The predominant color is dark brown in this case. It appears on the head, cheeks, muzzle and around the eyes. More than half of the body is white and the rest is red.
- Dark brown and red. The head is predominantly red, while the body is almost white.
- Black and white. Black dominates the head here, but the body is mostly white and may have black spots.
Temperament and education
Toy Fox Terriers are so funny and cuddly that it is easy to overlook some behaviors that may later become real problems. Let us remember that this dog, despite its size, is still a terrier.
Some breeders talk about a “Napoleon complex” in this breed. So if the dog does not get clear limits and does not have a good education, it can happen that he wants to take control. That’s why early socialization and regular training are the key to living peacefully with a terrier.
Spout and care
The Toy Fox Terrier is energetic and athletic. That’s why you can do many different activities with him. He has as much fun on the dog parcour as hunting. But as a prime example of small dogs, it does not cause him any problems to loll on the sofa and let the sunshine on his stomach.
Thanks to his versatility and high intelligence, he quickly learns every new game. This breed is good for children, despite the bad reputation that small breeds have in this aspect. It may be that toddlers may be a bit too rough with them.
Like all pedigree dogs, the Toy Fox Terrier is susceptible to certain diseases. The most common are patellar dislocation and eye disease, but it is also recommended to prevent ear clogging. This breed has a fairly long life expectancy at 13 to 15 years.
The grooming is pretty easy. One should brush the fur nose once a week and bathe it occasionally so that the coat preserves its shine and gentleness. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to be brushed. That’s why it’s a great way to strengthen the emotional bond between dog and owner.