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Toy Fox Terrier

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Purebred Star Blog Series

Do you desire a breed that you can take everywhere you go, enjoys new adventures, and has the stamina to keep up? The Toy Fox Terrier might be the perfect fit!

The Toy Fox Terrier Originated in the United States

This little pint size breed has been around since the 1900's, but wasn't recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) until 2003! The Toy Fox descendants are the Smooth Fox Terriers, Chihuahua, Manchester Terrier, Italian Greyhound, and the Miniature Pincher. The Toy Fox Terrier (TFT) was bred to work on farms keeping barns and stables clear of any rodents, particularly rats.

To this day, the Toy Fox is happily keeping with their original breed traits and will use their natural instinct to hunt when the opportunity presents itself.

BIG ATTITUDE in a Small Size, Needs to be Handled with Care

The Toy Fox Terrier can be a handful if they are not taught manners and rules. Because of their small size, many pet parents will disregard teaching them anything. Sadly, this will cause "Small Dog Syndrome," where a very small breed dog has a very out of control attitude, running the "roost." Many people do not enjoy being around a dog that is snippy, yappy, and being a brat.

The best thing for a Toy Fox Terrier is strong leadership from the pet parent. Their pet parent should be an assertive type-personality, with a calm and "matter of fact" attitude towards their Toy Fox. Setting rules, boundaries, and teaching commands will benefit this breed in the best way possible.

YAP, YAP, YAP.....I LOVE Hearing My Voice!

Toy Fox Terriers enjoy barking a LOT! But, don't let that discourage you from getting this adorable breed. They actually are known to be very quiet when taught that barking is not accepted in their family pack. This is where setting those rules and boundaries in place will benefit!

Their barking does help make them a great "watch dog," if that is desired.

Circus Dog, Assisting People with Disabilities, Suited for an Older Person - Is there anything a Toy Fox Terrier can't do?

This breed sounds like an all-around perfect breed! They are very intelligent, can learn tricks quickly, and, on top of that, they enjoy being the center of attention making them a breed many Circus' use for their "dog acts." Their hearing is impeccable (ummmm, can you say BAT EARS), and they are often used to assist the deaf in hearing telephone rings, door bells and other such things. And because they can be taught not to be overly yappy, and enjoy cuddling with their humans, they are often considered to be well suited for an older individual.

Toy Fox's are often not a particular breed that should be considered with small children for a couple of reasons. One, because of their size, they can easily get hurt if dropped or stepped on, and two, if children are not able to be gentle, calm, and respectful around this breed, they most likely will get nipped.

Here, There, and Everywhere!

Toy Fox are considered HIGH energy, but because of their size it is easily manageable. They LOVE to play fetch, take LONG walks, protect the back yard from vermin, and learn as many new tricks and commands as possible.

This pint size breed thrives on playing, training, and proper socialization.  They get along well with cats, but should be socialized with dogs of all sizes at a very young age to prevent dog to dog aggression issues, which they are known to have.

The Toy Fox does not want to be left home alone. They enjoy going to work with you, to a park to play, or running errands, the Toy Fox wants to be a part of it all. If taking your Toy Fox Terrier with you is not an option, consider Doggy Daycare. This is a great way to get proper socialization with other dogs, and learn to respect other individuals around them.

Live in a Cold Climate? The Toy Fox Terrier Does Not Do Well

The Toy Fox Terrier does not enjoy colder climates. Anything below 65 degrees is not their type of weather. However, living in a colder climate doesn't mean you can't enjoy this spirited breed. Coats and sweaters are great options.Teaching them to wear these types of garments will help your Toy Fox to tolerate the cold weather a little better. Their outdoor time should be limited during the cold seasons.

They will happily burrow under blankets to keep warm. Make sure your home has plenty of burrow-blankets for your Toy Fox to do this. Beware prior to sitting down on your couch that your little Toy Fox might be curled tightly underneath the tossed blanket there.

Overall, a Great LITTLE Breed to Have!

The Toy Fox has some amazing qualities such as, playful, loving, loyal, smart, and would make a great breed to have. They do well in apartment settings, city living, or suburbia. When socialized properly, the Toy Fox gets along well with everyone and other pets.

Toy Fox Terriers are typically a healthy breed, with some having allergies to beet pulp and some grains such as, corn and wheat. Some bloodlines carry the genetic disease, Legg Calve Perthes, and should be tested at a young age.

The average lifespan of the Toy Fox Terrier is 13-14 years.

Adopt First

As you begin looking for a Toy Fox Terrier, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!

At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.

And on a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!


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