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Toy Fox Terrier

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Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terriers have short, thick, tri-colored coats. The tri-color is generally black, tan, and white. The skull is domed, the muzzle narrow and the stop defined. The round eyes are dark and slightly prominent. The v-shaped ears are set high, close together and stand erect. The nose is usually black. The strong neck gradually widens into the smooth shoulders. The topline is level and the abdomen tucked up. The straight legs should be parallel and the feet should be small and oval in shape. The dewclaws should be removed from the hindlegs. The tail is customarily docked at the 3rd or 4th joint and carried high.

Temperament Toy Fox Terriers are funny, playful, alert and sensitive. They are friendly, outgoing, affectionate and extremely loyal to their families. This is an animated and sassy little breed and they are not easily intimidated. As puppies, the Toy Fox Terrier can be full of energy however they will calm down as they mature. This breed is excellent with children. However, due to their size and delicacy they should be supervised around toddlers. Their behavior around strangers may vary from friendly, cautious or timid. Toy Fox Terriers should be socialized from an early age. They are not recommended around small animals.
Height, Weight Height: 10" ; Weight: 3-7 lbs.
Health Problems Some in this breed are prone to Legg-Calvé-Perthes and stifle and some suffer from food allergies.
Living Conditions The Toy Fox Terrier is great for apartment living and will do fine without a yard. They prefer warmer temperatures and should wear a coat or sweater on cold days.
Exercise This active breed can take care of its own exercise needs.
Life Expectancy About 13-14 years
Grooming This breed is easy to groom. Comb or brush occasionally and keep the nails cut short. They are light shedders.
Origin The Toy Fox Terrier was developed from the Smooth Fox Terrier in the United States during the 1930s. The Smooth Fox Terrier was miniaturized and crossed with English Toy Terriers, Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhounds. These crosses gave the Toy Fox Terrier refined features and a calmer disposition. This breed was originally named Amertoy (American Toy Fox Terrier) and recognized by the UKC in 1936. However, it wasn't until 2003 that this breed was admitted to the Toy Group of the AKC.
Group AKC Toy, UKC Terrier