Toy Fox Terrier

Easy to Train

5 stars review

Good with kids

3 stars review


3 stars review

Heat tolerance

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Cold tolerance

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Toy Fox Terrier Personality traits and Temperament

The Toy Fox Terrier (TFT) is a dynamite of a dog. The breed is a perfect blend of terrier and toy, combining terrier exuberance and hunting ability with the small size and more compliant, lap-loving characteristics of toy dogs. Their size makes TFTs suited to most homes, although their noisy nature and high activity level would be a problem in apartment. That being said this breed comes in a range of personalities, from live wire to couch potato. This is a breed that loves attention and exists to be a companion, so it does best with people who can spend a significant amount of time with it daily.

Terrier instinct may cause it to chase small animals, and thereby will need close supervision if outdoors off-leash without a fence. When taken for walks or in a park these dogs should always be on a leash.

They do well with older children and other pets, but be cautious when letting small children handle a TFT. They are squirmy and can be difficult even for adults to hold onto. A TFT will do best in a family where children are five years or older. Younger children may rush at the dog and scare him, causing him to hurt himself or the child. They do very well in households with multiple pets and especially around cats. They may not be that social with other dogs but can do well if introduced early.

He’s a superb watchdog and will alert you to the approach of guests and strangers, as well as to all the goings-on in the neighbourhood.

Grooming, Haircuts and Shedding

The coat of a TFT is short, fine and smooth, slightly longer at the ruff. They are a no fuss breed. Give the coat a quick brushing once a week and you’re done. Baths are needed only rarely, maybe after he’s rolled in something stinky. They shed a little, but since they are so small that the amount of hair is manageable

Trim the nails once or twice a month if your dog doesn’t wear them down naturally. Ears should be checked weekly for redness or a bad odour, which can indicate an infection.

Size and Characteristics

Price Range: this dog for sale may cost between $500 – $800

Life expectancy: the life span is generally of about 13-15 YEARS

Weight: 4-9 pounds

Height: 8-11 inches

Colors: Black & White, Tri-color, White & Chocolate, White & Tan

How to Train this dog

A TFT is smart and can learn anything in record time, but he gets bored easily and isn’t big on repetition. Keep training sessions fun and interesting, and set strict rules or they will start adding their own spin to training schedule. Be sure to train your puppy early to be a responsible and well-behaved member of your family.
They housetrain easily as puppies and their small size makes them suited to using a canine litter box or housetraining pad. Obedience and other canine activities come easily to them as well, perhaps a vestige of their heritage. TFTs did acrobatics, walked tightropes and performed other circus dog tricks in the small dog and pony shows that once travelled the country. Today, they are shown in conformation and do quite well in obedience and agility trials, rally, and flyball.

Health Issues and Food

Diet: Food that can be given to this breed include chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, lamb, fish, Fresh vegetables and fruits. They like to have yogurt and eggs. The diet should contain enough nutrients and vitamins essential for growth.

Allergies: They are prone to skin Allergies and allergies to certain food additives such as beet pulp, corn and wheat.

Health problems: The Toy Fox Terriers are healthy generally. The common ailments include bacterial skin infections (pyoderma), demodectic mange ,hip dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Hypoglycemia, Reverse sneezing and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) had been reported in this breed.

Mixed breeds

Pom Terrier is developed from the Pomeranian and the Toy Fox Terrier breeds. This dog enjoys learning and very loyal to their family making them great watchdogs and family dogs. A firm, consistent and confident human should provide proper leadership to this dog to keep them happy and content.

Torkie is a cross between the Toy Fox Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. The Torkie is a keen and lively companion that is perfect for older children and adults. It is a “people” dog, and will always want to be with and around its family.

Taco Terrier is a cross between the Chihuahua and the Toy Fox Terrier. They are a high-energy, vigilant dog who are effortless to train. It is an unafraid, tenacious hunter with apparently limitless energy.

Best female and male dog names

You can name your Toy Fox Terrier as Yukon or Max if he is a male and Ashley or Cupcake if she is a female.

How to adopt this dog

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Pictures and Videos

Toy Fox Terrier puppy

Photo Credits: Terry Best,