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Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed Profile

by Luke Blaise

Toy Fox Terrier Dog

Toy Fox Terrier Dog

AKC Group: Toy Group


The Toy Fox Terrier dog is directly descended from the bigger Fox Terrier but regarded as a separate breed. They are a small terrier breed of dog with large upright ears. Although small in size, they are very strong and athletic.

History

The Toy Fox Terrier arrived in the USA way back in the 1930's. It is a direct descendant of the Smooth Fox Terrier. The Smooth Fox Terrier was crossed with various toy dogs such as the Italian Greyhound, Miniature Pinscher, Manchester Terrier, and Chihuahua. They are first used for hunting rats.

Physical Features

One distinctive feature of the Toy Fox Terrier dog is their short silky coat which is mainly white. Their bodies are very muscular, and the have large ears which are often held upright. They're generally regarded to have a graceful trot, and have very large eyes.

The coat tends to be glossy, and it colors are normally white, black, and tan. Normal height is between 8.5 to 11.5 inches. Their weight can range up to 9 pounds. Many of their other features are similar to the miniature fox terrier.

Personality

Toy Fox Terriers are active and intelligent. They can respond to a number of commands. Because of their ability to quickly learn tricks, there are often used in circuses. They are often very active like any other terrier breed, but maybe not as active as the Jack Russell Terrier. They are also well suited for elderly owners. Because they are trainable, they are regarded as great companions for disabled people too. They are also very loyal and lovable to their owners and if they are trained well, these dogs tend not to bark very much.

Common Health Problems

Toy Fox Terriers are a fairly healthy breed. But some health conditions seen include Legg-Calves-Perthes syndrome, and von Willebrand's Disease.

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