Toy Fox Terrier

Dog Breed Profile
Toy Fox Terrier

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• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Very playful
• Very affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Low tolerance to cold


Although this dog breed is not suitable for families with very small children (like most toys), the Toy Fox Terrier is a devoted family member with a lot of energy to keep him busy and playful all day long. He’s essentially a smaller version of the smooth fox terrier, with many of the hunting qualities deeply embedded into his make-up. He’s graceful, yet athletic and has a lot of stamina to keep him from tiring easily.

The Toy Fox Terrier is a great apartment pet, always willing to snuggle, but he will also happily spend his time playing games and exploring whenever given the opportunity indoors or out. He’s great for learning tricks and will proudly show them off. His intelligence is evident and he is an extremely devoted creature.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his knees, thyroid, vWD, DNA for congenital hypothyroidism
  • Grooming needs include once weekly brushing
  • The Toy Fox Terrier is a very affectionate and friendly, playful animal that is trainable
  • Has a great relationship with family members (except very small children), are not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 3.5 to 7lbs and 8.5 to 11 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 3.5 to 7lbs and 8.5 to 11 inches tall

Care & Health:

You’ll need a toy box for this little dog – he can spend hours playing and romping about. With proper daily exercise the Toy Fox Terrier will be a much more content family pet, and he is happy to spend time sitting in your lap.

He doesn’t like the cold and cannot live outdoors, and weekly brushing will help keep his coat clean and healthy.

Major Health Concerns:

– none

Minor Health Concerns:

– patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, demodicosis, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter none and occasionally vWD

Test for:

– knees, thyroid, vWD, DNA for congenital hypothyroidism

Life Span:

– 13 to 14 years

Breed History:

The Toy Fox Terrier is the result of breeding smooth fox terriers and a variety of other toy breeds. They came from breeds that made amazing rat catchers and this helped them to be very popular farm pets. The Toy Fox Terrier had the same vivacious temperament as the smooth fox terrier but he also came with a bit more of a temper.

Originally they were still registered as smooth fox terriers, until 1936 when they were given their present name. They quickly became popular family pets for those who appreciated the fox terrier’s traits but who wanted a smaller companion. It wasn’t until 2003 that the AKC finally recognized them and they were allowed to enter the show ring.

  • Family history is terrier
  • Originally from United States
  • First bred in the early 1900’s
  • Original purpose was Vermin control
  • Today they are used for companions
  • Also known as American Toy Terrier, Amertoy