Fox Terrier - Toy
- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 3
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 3
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 6
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Fox Terrier - Toy
- COLOR(S):White, chocolate and tan, white and tan, or white and black.
A descendant of the Smooth Fox Terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier was developed in the United States during the 1930s. They were most commonly used as ratters and circus performers. Commonly referred to as the Amertoy, this breed was admitted into the American Kennel Club Toy Group division in 2003.
A sensitive, loving, loyal, and affectionate breed, the Toy Fox Terrier is a spirited companion. Due to their stature they do best in a home with older considerate children. Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs thrive on attention and stimulation. This breed will get along with dogs, cats, and other household pets they have been raised with. They may have a tendency to display aggression to same gender dogs and will fight if provoked or threatened. Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs are exceedingly animated, comical, fun loving, and entertaining.
Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs are relatively maintenance free. An occasional brushing will suffice. Bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. It is important to provide regular dental hygiene. The nails must be kept short.
The Toy Fox Terrier is prone to such health issues as allergies to beet, corn, and wheat, demodectic mange, patella luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthe disease, Von Willebrands disease, and congenital hypothyroidism with goiter. Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs do not do well in cold climates.
The Toy Fox Terrier benefits from regular daily exercise. They enjoy securely leashed walks, family play sessions, and a safely fenced area to run and romp in freely. Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs will do well in an apartment or condominium dwelling provided they are given sufficient exercise, attention, and stimulation.
A highly intelligent breed, the Toy Fox Terrier is quick to learn. Early socialization and obedience are recommended. Fox Terrier – Toy puppies and dogs will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be done with fairness, praise, firmness, reward, and consistency. This breed is exceptionally talented as a hearing dog for the deaf and as an assistant to the handicapped.