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Toy Fox Terrier

ToyFoxTerrier

A Family Dog

Feisty, Inquisitive, Playful

Toy Fox Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Toy Fox Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Toy Fox Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Toy Fox Terrier came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:9-11" Weight:3-7 lb Lifespan:13-14 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
5

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
2

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Toy Fox Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They are well suited for agility, obedience, hunting, or as a companion house dog. They are not recommended for small children.

Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Toy Fox Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Eager to please and easy to train, the Toy Fox Terrier is a natural performer. Teach them a trick and they'll show off in front of your friends! With proper socialization your little star will be a great family companion!

Positive Traits:

  • Playful and energetic

  • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

  • Outgoing and friendly personality

  • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

Negative Traits:
  • Fragile and easily injured because of her small size

  • Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

Whether you are considering adding a new Toy Fox Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Toy Fox Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Toy Fox Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Toy Fox Terrier could encounter:

Knee Problems

Dermoid

Bleeding Disorders

Hip Necrosis

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Skin Cancer

The Toy Fox Terrier is a fairly new breed. They made her first appearances in the United States in the early 1930s and were bred to control rat populations, but has become an outstanding companion with a charming personality. They are well suited for agility, obedience, and hunting. They are also a fairly healthy breed with a life span of 13-14 years.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Toy Fox Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

  • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: Toy Fox Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They are well suited for agility, obedience, hunting, or as a companion house dog. They are not recommended for small children.

    Grooming: They have low grooming needs. Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Toy Fox Terriers generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Eager to please and easy to train, the Toy Fox Terrier is a natural performer. Teach them a trick and they'll show off in front of your friends! With proper socialization your little star will be a great family companion!

    Positive Traits:

    • Playful and energetic

    • An excellent family dog that loves human companionship

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Outgoing and friendly personality

    • Highly intelligent, playful, and energetic

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    Negative Traits:
    • Fragile and easily injured because of her small size

    • Might be bossy and overprotective if not well socialized early

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Toy Fox Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Toy Fox Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Toy Fox Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Toy Fox Terrier could encounter:

    Knee Problems

    Dermoid

    Bleeding Disorders

    Hip Necrosis

    Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

    Skin Cancer

  • History

    The Toy Fox Terrier is a fairly new breed. They made her first appearances in the United States in the early 1930s and were bred to control rat populations, but has become an outstanding companion with a charming personality. They are well suited for agility, obedience, and hunting. They are also a fairly healthy breed with a life span of 13-14 years.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Toy Fox Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Gums that are a color other than bright pink

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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