Country of Origin: United States
  • Activity Level: high
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  • Shedding Level: low
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  • Grooming Level: low
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  • Trainability: high
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  • Good for Novice Owners: moderate
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  • Adaptability: high
  • Kid/Pet Friendly: sometimes
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  • Prey Drive: low
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  • Watchdog: very alert
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  • Average Size: Small
  • Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
  • Registered?: aca, akc
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Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed Information





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Toy Fox Terriers are little powerhouses. Their athletic frames and high energy have allowed them to single-handedly clear vermin out of barns for decades. These dogs were often found on farms and granaries across America and pulled their own weight. They also joined circus troupes and performed their little hearts out for crowds. Overall, the Toy Fox Terrier is a fine entertainer and a better companion

These pups are happy-go-lucky attention hogs. They can become territorial if not socialized from an early age. That territoriality comes in handy, if the owner needs a tiny watchdog. After a few minutes of vigorous activity, Toy Fox Terriers will settle down on the couch and cuddle for hours. As long as they get their exercise, these dogs are perfectly content indoors.

This small dog breed is part of the Terrier Group and is recognized by both the AKC and ACA. As a toy breed, it is so small that it’s highly adaptable to most living situations. That being said, they tend to run laps and get loud. If noise isn’t permitted, they may not be the best choice. Toy Fox Terriers will live with anyone and be ecstatic about it. The more the merrier as far as they’re concerned because more people means more affection and attention. Toy Fox Terriers enjoy being the center of attention and wilt when they’re alone for too long. They’ll often play happily with children, cats, other dogs, and strangers.

These pups are generally healthy. However, they are susceptible to a few genetic disorders – like hypothyroidism, primary lens luxation, and von Willebrand’s disease. With proper care, they can live full, healthy lives. Because of their size, they may also suffer from luxating patellas, or kneecap migration, which can make moving difficult and painful. With regular veterinarian visits and screenings, these issues can be managed.

This dog breed has a short attention span, but with their high intelligence can still train successfully. Their creative takes on training often make it a more difficult process than for other dogs, as they will elaborate on commands for fun. Start training right away to reduce their stubborn tendencies and employ plenty of consistency. Toy Fox Terriers keep owners on their toes and do it with flair.

Toy Fox Terriers have blissfully short coats, which makes grooming simple. Their hair, usually less than an inch in length, sheds frequently but is seldom troublesome to manage. They undergo two large seasonal shedding events that will need additional brushing.

These dogs are very active. But, because they’re so small, playing fetch from one end of the house to the other is good enough for them. Running in a field is preferable, but they can make do with being inside. After all, their little legs can only travel so far.

The Toy Fox Terrier ranges from 8.5 – 11.5 inches tall and weighs 3.5 – 7 pounds.

Toy Fox Terriers generally live between 12 – 15 years.

The idea for the Toy Fox Terrier came from runts in litters of Smooth Fox Terriers. The breed was developed in the 1930s and they are sometimes called the Amertoy.