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Toy Fox Terrier

Origin: United States

AKC Group: Toy

Height: Up to 10 pounds (Male)

Weight: 4 - 7 pounds (Male)

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United States
Male height: 
Up to 10 pounds
Male weight: 
4 - 7 pounds
Satiny and short. An occasional brushing is all that's needed. Ears prick up; tail is docked.
Preferably white with black spots and tan trimming. Sometimes dogs are white or tan and white and black. Head is black with tan dots over the eyes and on the sides of the muzzle. Dogs may have a white blaze.
Special considerations: 
Toy Foxes are very sensitive to the cold.

An all-American breed, the Toy Fox Terrier was developed in the United States by breeders who crossed the Smooth Fox Terrier with toy breeds, including the Italian Greyhound, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher and Manchester Terrier. They were looking to combine game terrier instincts with the more manageable size and characteristics of the toy breeds. During the early part of the 20th century, these tiny dogs were part of traveling road shows, performing tricks and keeping the entertainers company. Toy Fox Terriers were registered with the United Kennel Club (UKC) as far back as 1912, but the American Kennel Club (AKC) did not recognize them until 2003. Today, they are true terriers in a toy-sized package.

Those who know him revel in the Toy Fox Terrier's zeal for life. He is gregarious and friendly, always ready to play and participate in household activities. He has been described as almost clown-like, wanting to entertain and amuse those around him. Despite his readiness to romp, he also enjoys settling into laps and will quickly quiet down when that's what everyone else is doing.
At home: 
The Toy Fox Terrier makes a great apartment dog and can adapt to just about any living situation as long as he gets to spend time with his family. His thin coat means that a coat or sweater is necessary when outdoors in the cold months. He does not like to get wet. A fenced yard is necessary, as he retains the hunting instincts of a terrier and will go after small animals. He can be barky.
The effervescent Toy Fox Terrier keenly enjoys going for walks and being taken anywhere his family wants to go. He loves interacting with people, and getting outside also feeds his need for social interaction.
The spunky Toy Fox Terrier likes to eat but can sometimes be finicky. Feeding several smaller meals a day may be more to his liking, but make sure that the food is high quality and age appropriate.
With a great willingness to please and desire to participate, the Toy Fox Terrier is a pleasure to train. He quickly catches on to basic requests and will soon be ready for the next level. Using positive, reward-based training will allow you to teach your Toy Fox Terrier almost anything.
Toy Fox Terriers love children and make great playmates for them, but like many of the toy breeds, are best suited to older children who understand how to handle a very small dog. They love other dogs and other pets but may see smaller pets, such as gerbils or hamsters, as prey.
The average life span of the Toy Fox Terrier is 12 to 14 years. Health problems of the breed include congenital hypothyroidism with goiter (CHG); Legg-Calve-Perthes disease; patellar luxation; and von Willebrand disease.
Fun fact: 

The Toy Fox Terrier is also called the "AmerToy."

Grooming blurb: 
The short, smooth coat of the Toy Fox Terrier requires little grooming. Going over him with a warm, damp cloth and occasionally rubbing him with a hound glove to stimulate his skin will keep him looking and feeling his best.
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