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Meet the breed: Toy Fox Terrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an intelligent and playful companion to bring into your home, learn all you need to know about the Toy Fox Terrier.


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Bred as a means to make the Fox Terrier smaller, the Toy Fox Terrier was created by breeding a standard-sized Fox Terrier with a Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher, Manchester Terrier and Italian Greyhound. A natural-born hunter, the Toy Fox Terrier enjoys chasing and playing around the yard. Extremely intelligent, this dog can be trained to assist the physically handicapped and as a hearing dog for the deaf.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Toy
  • UKC group: Companion
  • Average lifespan: 13 – 15 years
  • Average size: 4 – 10 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Short, smooth and thick.
  • Coloration: White, tan, chocolate, tricolored, white and black, white and tan
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Healthy, athletic body; small muzzle; small black eyes; black nose; erect V-shaped ears and docked tail
  • Possible alterations: Chocolate-colored dogs have like-colored noses; tail may not be docked

Is this breed right for you?

A friendly and playful breed, the active Toy Fox Terrier requires a lot of physical and mental stimulation. OK for apartment living, he’ll need regular exercise and toys to play with. Doing well with a fenced-in yard of his own, he’ll constantly be at the side of his owner. Trained easily and well, he can be taught to learn many new tricks. This dog does better with older children; he may lose patience with younger children who don’t know how to handle him. Getting along with cats if raised with them, he’s likely to chase smaller animals and vermin. Not a fan of cold weather, he’ll need a sweater when venturing outdoors in cooler climates.

Breed characteristics

A dream day in the life of a Toy Fox Terrier

This happy dog is sure to wake up with a smile when he’s snuggling next to his owner. Playfully following his human around during their morning routine, he’s sure to be at your feet until you feed him his meal. Engaging in a bit of fetch with one of his many toys, he’ll venture outdoors to explore the yard. After sniffing out any possible creatures, he’ll head back indoors for more playtime. Guaranteed to show off a few tricks throughout the day, the Toy Fox Terrier will keep you safe and smiling until you two head back to bed.

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