Toy Fox Terrier At a Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC (Toy); CKC (Toys); UKC (Terrier)
Small. Weight: 15–18 lbs Height: 8.5–11.5 inches
Short and smooth.
Tricolor (Black, Tan, White); White, Chocolate, and Tan; White and Tan; White and Black
12 to 14 years
Cold Weather Tolerance
Hot Weather Tolerance
Did You Know?
Toy Fox Terriers absolutely hate getting wet.
Toy Fox Terrier Overview
The Toy Fox Terrier is one of the few All-American bred breeds of today. The crossing of Smooth Fox Terriers was combined with other toy breeds including the Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua and Miniature Pinschers to create a smaller, companion sized breed. Owners looked for a breed that had both terrier instincts combined with compact size. The Toy Fox Terrier, like other of his kind, is happy both out hunting and at home on his owner’s lap.
Toy Fox Terrier Characteristics
Large ears, small body and a usually docked tail encompass the key looks of this dog breed. They come in a variety of colorations, the most common being a white base with tricolor patches on the head and body. They also feature a smaller and more narrow snout than his larger cousin, akin more to a Chihuahua.
Toy Fox Terrier Temperament
Friendly, outgoing and sociable are the key traits of this dog breed. This is a dog that is always ready to play and is willing to join in on any activity his owners are doing. They are entertainers at heart, and will regularly show off their athletic instincts. The breed is sturdy for a toy breed, and will still hunt small game. However, at the end of the day, they are contented to sleep in his owner’s lap.
Toy Fox Terrier Care
The average lifespan of this dog breed is 12 to 14 years, slightly under average compared to other small breeds his size. Health concerns include Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, luxating patellas and von Willebrand’s disease (a blood clotting disorder). Careful selection and breeding of parents, as well as monitoring of health conditions, can help reduce their incidence and severity.
Toy Fox Terrier Coat
Their short coat requires very little care. Grooming with a grooming or hound glove will help remove any dead hairs and stimulate the skin to remain healthy. The breed sheds a little, but very small amounts compared to many other dogs. No professional grooming is required.
Toy Fox Terrier Training
He has an urge to please his owners and a love to be part of activities. This is to the owner’s advantage when it comes to training, as the breed will easily pick up on and participate in training activities. Smart and active, these little dogs are happy to show off what they’ve learned.
Toy Fox Terrier Activity
In spite of his small size, he can be active and enjoys a daily walk or time to search out and chase game. He is happiest amongst his family and will go along with any activity his owners may be doing. Keeping him close by and active will help keep him from getting anxious and bored.