Toy Fox Terrier (Toy Group)
The Toy Fox Terrier is a fun-loving dog with endless amounts of energy. They love to investigate the great outdoors and are rated as one of the most affectionate and playful members of the Toy Group. These dogs enjoy life most when playing with members of the family or other pets in the house. Great around kids, as well as the one-person household, Toy Fox Terriers make an outstanding house pet for anyone, at any age.
A Brief History Of The Toy Fox Terrier
Although the breed enjoys a high popularity rating among households in the United States, their origin only dates back to the beginning of the 1900s. Farmers had always fancied the Smooth Fox Terrier dogs in the U.S. They were useful not only as companions but for also chasing small rodents away. And for entertainment, there was nothing funnier than watching these scrappy little terriers go at it over fun and games.
Eventually these little dogs were crossed with various toy breeds. Included was the Chihuahua, Toy Manchester Terrier, and the Italian Greyhound. The resulting dog was a smaller-sized version of the Smooth Fox Terrier with a few physical differences than its larger version. The feisty temperament subsided a bit through breeding.
Although these dogs were registered with the AKC as “Smooth Fox Terriers”, the name was officially changed to the Toy Fox Terrier in 1936 when the organization granted them their own breed status. In 2003 the dog made its first entrance into the show ring.
Upkeep Requirements For The Toy Fox Terrier
Owning and keeping a Toy Fox Terrier happy takes a combination of attention, love, exercise, and plenty of playtime. These dogs are like a bundle of firecrackers going off all of the time so daily activity is a must. They should have mental stimulation as well as physical play. This makes them easy to train for obedience or simple dog training routines.
Toy Fox Terriers love to dig and bark, so having access to a safe, fenced-in backyard is ideal. Living outside is not recommended. They must sleep indoors at night. They also do not tolerate cold weather well and may need extra warm bedding during the winter months. Grooming requirements call for a quick brushing about once every week or two, nothing major as their coat is short and the breed does not shed often.
The average lifespan of the Toy Fox Terrier is between thirteen and fourteen years. A truly healthy breed, there are no major Health Concerns to worry about. Minor health problems include demodicosis, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, patellar luxation, and Legg-Calve-Perthes. Rarely seen is vWD. Veterinarians suggest that Toy Fox Terriers get tested for DNA for congenital hypothyroidism, vWD, knee, and thyroid problems.