Toy fox terrier created from Smooth Fox Terrier with another toy breeds like Chihuahua and Manchester terrier. This breed is developed for a variety of tasks, like serving as rat hunter on farms and hunt squirrel in small games. They are also successful performers and circus dogs. They are very intelligent which makes them excellent for obedience and agility competitions. The most important part of their creation is to be loyal, loving and devoted to their families and they love to amuse and entertain them.
Dog Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Height: From 8inches to 11 inches tall at the shoulder
Weight: 3 to 7 pounds
Life Span: 13 to 14 years
Need to know
Toy Fox Terrier or TFT for short, was developed in the United States, which makes him one of only a few breeds that are truly All American. He is a true terrier by nature with heart, fire, and spirit to go in the field to hunt squirrel and a loving toy dog. A true companion who will lay down on the sofa and watch TV with his family.
This breed is highly intelligent. Their small size makes them perfect for the canine litter box and they can be easily house train as puppies. Obedience and other canine activities come easily to them as well. Toy Fox Terrier did acrobatics, walked tightropes and performed many other circus dog tricks in the pony and small dog shows that once traveled the country. Nowadays they are doing quite well in agility trials, obedience, rally and fly ball.
A TFT is a hardy breed can be expected to live into his teens and he stays active in old age.
Toy Fox Terrier is extremely protective and loyal to their family. They are excellent watchdogs with a bark that sounds like it comes from a big dog. They are persistent in their protection and make strangers think twice about something bad. Toy Fox Terrier is a family dog with a tight bond with his family and wants to be included in all activities. He is eager to please and has abundant energy. But like many dogs, he has a mind of his own which makes him insist on right and privileges given to other family members like sleeping on a bed.
Although he is a companion dog and likes to be with his family, he is also very protective and does not like strangers. Early socialization and training will help your dog to understand that there is no danger from visitors you allow in your home. Until recently, this breed was only recognized breed in the United Kennel Club. But the Canadian Kennel Club and American Kennel Club have now granted registration and full show status to the breed. This will give the Toy Fox Terrier more opportunities to gain fame and admirers for his loyalty, lively disposition, spirit and intelligence and not mention his good looks. People who own TFT feel like their family is now complete.
The Toy Fox Terrier is not a suitable breed for all children. While they are sturdy, they do not tolerate rough behavior or handling especially as they are prone to broken legs. Terrier instinct causes it to chase small animals and that is why they need to be supervised if going outdoor off-leash. Keep in mind your dog should never be off-leashed in an area without a fence in case he runs off.
They are created for small animal hunting and they don’t do well with smaller pets like hamster, mice and gerbils. Toy Fox Terrier is a small size breed. They sometimes challenge another dog with much larger size than his own. Interacting with other or larger dogs should be supervised. Beneath the cute exterior of your Toy Fox Terrier puppy can reside a dictator. It is necessary to train your puppy early and teach him to be responsible and well behaved will their family members.
Most Toy Fox Terrier would like to sleep in your bed with you. However, because of his size jumping from such height can cause broken bones especially for puppies. For safety teach your dog to sleep in his own bed. If you want a healthy dog, never buy a puppy from an irresponsible breeder, pet store or puppy mill. Find a reputable breeder who tests their breeding dogs to make sure they are free from any genetic disease that may pass on to the puppies.
Toy Fox Terrier History
Smooth Fox Terrier was developed to rout foxes from their den during the hunt. Terrier breed has been documented in England as far back as the 1500s. The Smooth Fox Terrier had always been widely different in size, with some dogs weighing about 7 pounds while others were as big as 20 pounds. This breed was often more prized than the larger breed because they seemed to be feistier and more willing to go whether it is to be ratting, hunting other game or defending the homestead.
The United Kennel Club began to register Smooth Fox Terrier in 1912. The Larger dogs were registered ones as Smooth Fox Terrier along with smaller dogs. In the mid-1920s, fanciers of the smaller dogs petitioned the UKC to make the smaller dog a separate breed which was accomplished in 1936 and the Toy Fox Terrier was registered. In 2003 Toy Fox Terrier was granted American Kennel Club recognition.
For years among the breeders, there was a debate regarding size, some wanted the dog to remain toy; others wanted a larger dog. Some breeders introduced Chihuahua and Toy Manchester blood into the breed to help fix the size problem. The contamination of other breeds in the gene pool upset other breeders. The United Kennel Club agreed that other breeds should not be introduced into the gene pool and the dog should remain a toy breed. The Toy Fox Terrier stud book was closed by the United Kennel Club on August 31, 1960, so no more crossing of breeds could be done.
Toy Fox Terrier Personality
Protective, loyal and smart, the Toy Fox Terrier loves his people and wants to be involved in their regular activities. He is an excellent watchdog and will alert you to the approach of guests and strangers, as well as to all the goings-on in the neighborhood. Personalities vary, ranging from live wire to couch potato.
As with every dog, the Toy Fox Terrier needs early socialization — exposure to different people, sound, sight, and experiences — when they’re young. Socialization helps ensure that your Toy Fox Terrier puppy grows up to be a well-rounded dog.
Enrolling him in a puppy kindergarten class is a great start. Inviting visitors more often, and taking him to dog parks, stores that allow dogs, and on leisurely strolls to meet neighbors will also help his socialization.
Toy Fox Terrier Health
This breed is generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Toy Fox Terrier will get any or all of these diseases. But it’s necessary to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.
If you’re buying a puppy, find a good breeder who will show you the dog’s health clearances for both your puppy’s parents. Health clearances clarify that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition. In Toy Fox Terriers, you should expect to see health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) for elbow dysplasia, hip dysplasia, von Willebrand’s disease, and hypothyroidism; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) certifying that eyes are normal. You can also confirm health clearances by checking the OFA website.
The dog breed can be affected by the following diseases:
- Demodectic Mange
- Patellar Luxation
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Von Willebrand’s Disease (VWD)
Note: This health information is all about providing our visitors with a type of general knowledge. In order to be aware of any health issues or any diseases and conditions, do consult your veterinarian.
Toy Fox Terrier Care
Toy Fox Terriers are perfect for smaller house spaces such as apartments. The breeds need little space to exercise without any issue. They are excellent house dogs; they do not have the coat to live outdoors.
This breed loves to explore the outdoors. But it should be leashed and properly supervised to prevent them from running away. Their big dog attitude can often cause them to attempt to challenge animals much larger than themselves.
Feeding Toy Fox Terrier
Recommended daily amount: 1/4 to 1/2 cups of good quality dry food every day that is divided into two meals.
NOTE: How much the adult Toy Fox Terrier eats depends on his size, age, build, metabolism, and activity level. All dogs are individuals, just like people, and they don’t all need the same amount of food. It is very common that a highly active dog will need more than a couch potato dog. There is also a difference in the quality of food, the better the dog food; the further it will help to nourish your dog and the less of it you’ll need to shake the dog’s bowl.
Toy Fox Terrier with Children and Other Pets
Toy Fox Terrier is a fun loving, active companion for older children, but like most toy breeds. It is not recommended playmates for very young children. Their small size, their bones break easily, and terrier tenacity will make a bad combination with very young children.
He gets on well with other dogs and cats in his home, although he may become territorial towards other dogs passing or approaching his property.