Toy Fox Terrier


A small Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier Quick Summary
Also Known AsAmerican Toy Terrier
Height (at withers)8-11.5in (20-29cm)
Weight3.5-7lbs (1.5-3kg)
Hair Colour(s)White with markings
Lifespan13-14 years
Energy LevelHigh
Litter size2-6
Barking TendencyMedium
Exercise requirementsLow
Ease of trainingHigh
Suitability for kidsMedium
Animal compatabilityLow
Aggression levelsMedium
Distress if left

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small but robust terrier dog. The body is muscular and athletic looking with a level topline, straight forelegs and a docked high-set tail normally. The head is solid with a narrow muzzle, black or brown nose, dark round eyes and large erect triangular ears. The coat is short and glossy, and the colouring tends to be white with black or tan markings, or both.


Toy Fox Terriers are small but tough dogs with plenty of spirit. They are also pleasant, affectionate and very loyal, and make for good family pets and companions. Being bright and playful, they are best suited for those with a sense of humour. These dogs are alert, exceptionally intelligent and are highly trainable too, and have been used as hearing dogs for the deaf and to assist handicapped people around the home. As they are tough and bright, they can be stubborn and so need firm leadership, and so are best more suited to those with some experience of dog ownership and training. Toy Fox Terriers love human company and are good with older, more considerate children due to their small fragile size. They should not be trusted around other, smaller pets as they retain their hunting instincts and love to chase and hunt. And being loyal and alert, and aloof around strangers means they make good watchdogs.

History & Skills

Toy Fox Terriers originate from America, where they were developed in the 1930's from breeding Smooth Fox Terriers with Toy breeds such as Miniature Pinschers, Italian Greyhounds, Chihuahuas and Manchester Terriers. These dogs still retain their typical terrier instincts towards hunting and fighting small animals such as mice, and were first used for hunting rats. Commonly used in circuses due to their highly trainable natures, they also make good hearing dogs for the deaf and assitants for the handicapped, not to mention excellent companions.

Breed Specific Ailments

Toy Fox Terriers tend to live between 13-14 years and are pretty healthy generally. Some of the health problems that have been noted includes stifle and Legg-Perthes, and allergies towards corn and wheat are not uncommon.


Toy Fox Terriers are low shedders and so may be suited to those suffering with allergies. Their grooming requirements are low too, and their smooth coats simply need occasional combing or brushing. Their nails should be kept trimmed too.

Exercise & Environment

Toy Fox Terriers tend to live indoors and can be suitable for small homes such as apartments. They tend to be very active while indoors, which will provide a lot of their exercise needs, but will benefit a daily walk nonetheless and a secure outdoor space in which to hunt. These dogs must be kept on the lead during any walks as they love to chase and hunt, and will need a coat in winter.


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