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Toy Fox Terrier

 

Outgoing Toy Fox Terriers have serious FOMO (fear of missing out): whatever you're doing, they want to be along for the ride. Literally, in some cases — this breed used to ride in the saddlebags of hunters, who took them out to catch small prey. They've also performed in circuses, impressing audiences with their jumping skills and ability to walk a tightrope. Sometimes, though, these feisty furballs just want to stay in with you for movies and cuddles.

Toy Fox Terriers are sometimes called an “AmerToy” breed because — you guessed it — this toy breed originated in the United States. Those huge bat ears and naturally bobbed tail give the Toy Fox Terrier a distinctive look.

This small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 3.5-7 pounds and lives an average of 13-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Toy group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeCompanion
OriginUSA
Breed groupToy
Average lifespan13-15 years
SizeTiny
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking95
FamilyTerrier
Date of originEarly 1900s
Original function Vermin control
Today's functionCompanion
Average size of maleHeight: 8.5 -11 Weight: 3.5 - 7
Average size of femaleHeight: 8.5 -11 Weight: 3.5 - 7

 

Other nameAmerican Toy Terrier
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersShy
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A TOY FOX TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

Toy Fox Terriers can be a bit “extra,” as the kids say. They're bursting at the seams with personality. This breed has charisma, courage, and comedy to spare. Fiercely loyal, these dogs make their chosen people the center of their world. Their small size and considerable energy levels make them better suited to play with older children.

WHAT IS TOY FOX BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Alert and very active, Toy Fox Terriers are dogs on the go. This is an athletic, graceful, and agile breed.

Romping and running should be a part of their everyday routine; this dog has endless endurance. True terriers, they also enjoy digging, exploring, and barking. Discourage nuisance barking early and often.

HOW EASY IS TO TRAIN A TOY FOX TERRIER?

Toy Fox Terriers are an intelligent and biddable breed; they respond eagerly to training. The flip side of that intelligence is that these clever canines bore easily, so keep training sessions short and fun. They excel at rally, flyball, and agility.

Unlike many toy breeds, these dogs house-train quickly. Many use piddle pads or litter boxes (though male Toy Fox Terriers don't always have the best aim, so you might want to look into a high-sided litter box).

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO TOY FOX TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Toy Fox Terriers are average seasonal shedders who require occasional grooming. Plan to brush them once a week and bathe as needed.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO TOY FOX TERRIERS HAVE?

As a breed, Toy Fox Terriers are generally healthy. Some are vulnerable to slipping kneecaps or eye disease.

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