The Toy Fox Terrier is a small dog weighing no more than seven pounds. This breed is muscular, athletic, and has an elegant head with perky, upright v-shaped ears, a glossy coat and an erect, high-set short tail. Toy Fox Terriers are graceful, well balanced, active, intelligent and very devoted to its master.
The Toy Fox Terrier was created by American fanciers in the 1930s who crossed smaller Smooth Fox Terriers with several different toy breeds which included Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers, Manchester Terriers and Chihuahuas. The end result was a breed which possesses true characteristics of both a toy (mild & calm) and a terrier (feisty & courageous) dog.
Toy Fox Terriers makes for a wonderful companion and family pet. This delightful and entertaining breed is also used as therapy dogs, hearing dogs, and in the circus. The Toy Fox Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club in the Toy Group in 2003.
Height: The height of a Toy Fox Terrier when measured at the shoulder ranges between 8.5 – 11.5 inches (22 – 29 cm). The preferred height is between 9 – 11 inches (23 – 28 cm).
Weight: The weight for a Toy Fox Terrier is from 3.5 – 7 pounds (1.6 -3.2 kg.)
Coat Type: The Toy Fox Terrier’s coat is short, fine and glossy. A weekly brushing and bath when necessary is all that’s needed to keep the Toy Fox Terrier’s coat in good condition. This breed is a light shedder.
Color: The color of the Toy Fox Terrier’s coat, according to AKC Standard, is white, chocolate and tan, white and black, white and tan – or tri-color.
Temperament: The Toy Fox Terrier is courageous, animated, playful and robust. This breed makes for a wonderful family pet and is very loyal and devoted to its master. Toy Fox Terriers are very adaptable and are content to just laze on the couch or play for endless hours – they remain young at heart throughout their lifetime. Toy Fox Terriers are eager to please and learn quickly. They are very intelligent and can be stubborn so it’s important he has a dominant master who is consistent with setting and enforcing rules. Toy Fox Terriers are very alert and make a great watch dog. This is an active breed that needs a daily walk in addition to free play. Toy Fox Terriers have a natural terrier instinct to hunt – especially squirrels – so should be kept on a leash or in a secure area.
Health Concerns: The Toy Fox Terrier is generally a healthy breed with a life expectancy of 13 – 14 years. Some health issues which may affect a Toy Fox Terrier include patella luxation, demodectic mange, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD) and Congenital Hypothyroidism with Goiter (CHG)
• The Toy Fox Terrier is a true toy and terrier dog.
• The Toy Fox Terrier was originally used to hunt and kill rodents.
AKC: Toy Group