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Toy Fox Terrier - Breed Profile:

Origin: United States
Tri-colour, white-chocolate-and-tan, white-and-tan, white-and-black
Size: Small
Type of Owner:
Exercise: Very little
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Easy to train
Combativeness: Not generally dog aggressive
Dominance: High
Noise: Average barker

Physical characteristics

The Toy Fox Terrier is an athletic little dog with an elegant squarely-shaped body. The wedge-shaped head is refined and expressive, with a moderate, somewhat sloping stop. This breed should not be confused with the Chihuahua: Toy Fox Terriers are never apple-headed. Viewed from the front, the head widens gradually from the nose to the base of the ears. The cheeks are muscular. The pointed ears are set close to each other but without touching; they are erect and have an inverted V-shape. The muzzle is strong rather than fine. The nose is black or self-coloured (in chocolate dogs). The eyes are dark, round, and somewhat prominent, with an intelligent expression. The tail is generally docked to the 3rd or 4th joint. The gait is smooth and flowing.
Toy Fox Terriers weigh 3,5 to 7 pounds. Their height is 8,5 to 11,5 inches.


A big dog in a small dog's body. Toy Terriers are animated, energetic, and courageous. Devoted, loving, and playful. Very loyal to their family. Toy Terriers like children but should be protected from too young kids because rough games can injure the tiny dog. Due to their keen hearing and fearless temperament, Toy Terriers make wonderful watchdogs. Although they have mostly become a companion dog, these small dogs still enjoy hunting, going to ground, and chasing rodents. Very intelligent and eager to please. Make sure you are this dog's firm, confident, and consistent pack leader. This will help you avoid the "small dog syndrome" and many other behaviour problems. Even though Toy Terriers are very small and usually self-exercising, be sure to meet their natural instincts as animals. This includes a sufficient amount of physical exercise, discipline, and clear human leadership. Overall, Toy Fox Terriers are easy-care dogs good for elderly people and those living in apartments.

Coat and grooming

The short coat is soft and glossy; it requires very little grooming. Toy Terriers come in several colours and patterns. Tri-colour dogs have black head with clear tan markings on the cheeks, and tan dots over the eyes. White-chocolate-and-tan dogs have mostly chocolate head with tan markings as in the tri-color. White-and-tan terriers have predominantly tan head. White-and-black dogs have predominantly black head. Regardless of the colouration, the body should be over 50% white. Body spots with the same colour as the spots on the head are acceptable. The head should not be more than 50% white, and blazes should not touch the eyes or ears.
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A fairly healthy breed. Some individuals are prone to legg calve perthes and stifle, which are typical toy problems. Some can also be allergic to beet pulp, corn, and wheat. The lifespan is relatively long - 15 years and more.

Other interesting facts

The Toy Fox Terrier's ancestry includes the Smooth Fox Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua, and Manchester Terrier.