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The Toy Fox Terrier is an American breed descending from the first registered Smooth Fox Terrier, named ‘Foiler’. Fox Terriers were bred for fox bolting (chasing foxes out into the open where they could be attacked by larger dogs); white was preferred to distinguish the dogs from foxes at night. The Fox Terrier was one of the earliest show dogs, recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1885 (the Smooth Fox Terrier and Wire Fox Terrier were recognized as distinct breeds a century later). Toy Fox Terriers were bred from their larger cousins by American farmers who favored the shorter variety for chasing rodents. Toy Fox Terriers were crossed with other breeds such as the Chihuahua and Manchester Terrier for a smaller size and slightly calmer temperament. The Toy Fox Terrier was recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in 2000.


The Toy Fox Terrier has a shoulder height of 20-28 cm (8.5 to 11 in) and weighs 1.5-3 kg (3.5-7 lbs). Toy Fox Terriers have large, prominent eyes and highly set, erect, ‘V’-shaped ears. They have a flat back, highly set tail which is usually cropped at the third or fourth joint, and small, oval feet.


The Toy Fox Terrier has a short, smooth, glossy coat. Toy Fox Terriers can be ‘Tri-Color’ (white, tan, and chocolate), ‘Chocolate’ (white and chocolate brown), or ‘Tan and White’ (uhrm…tan and white), all at least half white with a predominantly colored head.


The Toy Fox Terrier is outgoing, friendly, fearless, and loyal to its family. It makes an excellent watchdog due to its alert nature. Toy Fox Terriers are easily trained and fairly well-behaved compared to their larger cousins and other small breeds, making them ideal companions for elderly or disabled owners. Toy Fox Terriers love playing with toys or curling up on their owner’s lap for a nap.


The Toy Fox Terrier is not recommended for homes with young children due to its small size and low tolerance for rough handling. It is not fond of strangers, but will readily accept other dogs into its home. Toy Fox Terriers will bark and dig if they don’t receive sufficient exercise and attention.


The Toy Fox Terrier has a very low maintenance coat; it should be brushed occasionally to prevent shedding and bathed as necessary. Toy Fox Terriers are not an outside breed; they should be given a soft bed indoors and provided a sweater and earmuffs when outdoors in cold weather. The Toy Fox Terrier has a lifespan of 13-14 years.


The Toy Fox Terrier is highly intelligent and easily trained. Toy Fox Terriers can learn a wide variety of tricks and are frequently used in circuses performances.


The Toy Fox Terrier has modest exercise needs; it can get most of its exercise from running around the house. Toy Fox Terriers love playing with toys and enjoy games with their owner. The Toy Fox Terrier is an ideal breed for apartment life.