Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:American Toy Terrier, AmerToy, TFT
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium
  • Exercise Needed:Occasional walks
  • Energy Level:Medium
  • Protection:Makes an effective watchdog
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle, older children
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF
  • Weight:3.5 - 7 lbs
  • Height:8.5 to 11 inches
  • Coat Colour:White, Chocolate and Tan; White and black; White and tan

Toy Fox Terrier Coat

The coat of the Toy Fox Terrier is smooth to the touch, shiny, and fine in texture. It is of uniform length on the body and slightly longer in the ruff. The color of the coat is tri-color black, tan, and white. Other colors include white, chocolate, and tan, white and tan, or black and white. This breed is a light shedder.

Toy Fox Terrier Character

The Toy Fox Terrier is small, agile, sturdy, and energetic. This breed is considered to be more responsive and more trainable than most terriers. They are extremely alert, hardy, and playful. They have a fearless nature and are not easily intimidated.

Toy Fox Terrier Temperament

A sensitive, loving, loyal, and affectionate breed, the Toy Fox Terrier is a spirited companion. Due to their stature they do best in a home with older considerate children. They thrive on attention and stimulation. This breed will get along with dogs, cats, and other household pets they have been raised with. They may have a tendency to display aggression to same gender dogs and will fight if provoked or threatened. The Toy Fox Terrier is exceedingly animated, comical, fun loving, and entertaining.

Toy Fox Terrier Care

Toy Fox Terriers are relatively maintenance free. An occasional brushing will suffice. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. It is important to provide regular dental hygiene. The nails must be kept short. The Toy Fox Terrier is prone to such health issues as allergies to beet, corn, and wheat, demodectic mange, patella luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthe disease, Von Willebrands disease, and congenital hypothyroidism with goiter. They do not do well in cold climates.

Toy Fox Terrier Activity

The Toy Fox Terrier benefits from regular daily exercise. They enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and a safely fenced area to run and romp in freely. They will do well in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation.

Toy Fox Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Toy Fox Terrier is 12-15 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes vWD, luxating patella, heart problems, seizures, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Toy Fox Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and you should also ask about patella clearance.