A small sized terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier is a descendant of the larger fox terrier, though a distinct breed of its own. Muscular and athletic, it is characterized by an elegant shaped solid head, round, clear, bright eyes with an intelligent, alert expression, erect, V-shaped ears, strong muzzle, and a high set erect tail.
|Other Names||American Toy Terrier, Amertoy|
|Coat||Short, glossy and white|
|Color||White and black; white and tan; white, black and tan; white and chocolate; white, chocolate and tan|
|Group||Terrier, Companion dogs|
|Average life expectancy (How long do they live)||13 to 15 years|
|Size (How big do they get)||Small|
|Height of a full grown Toy Fox Terrier||9 to 12 inches|
|Weight of a full grown Toy Fox Terrier||3 to 7 pounds|
|Litter size||2 to 6 puppies|
|Behavioral characteristics||Active, friendly, alert, intelligent, brave, smart|
|Good with children||Older ones|
|Barking tendency||Minimal except when it is stressed|
|Climate compatibility||Cannot adjust to cold weather|
|Shedding (Do they shed)||Moderate|
|Are they hypoallergenic||No|
|Competitive Registration Qualification/Information||AKC, UKC, CKC, ACA, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, NTFTA, NKC|
They are a recent breed of dogs stemming in the first half of the 20th century when the Smooth Fox Terriers (a fox terrier variety) was crossed with toy-sized breeds like the Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua. The resultant breed possessed the agility and energy of the terrier alongside the high-spirited and cheerful nature of toy dogs. They began as farm dogs to drive away vermin and rats from granaries and barns. In 1936, the UKC registered the TFT and in 2003 it was acknowledged by the AKC.
It is a bundle of energy which would serve as perfect house companions because of its affectionate and loyal nature.
They are renowned for their brilliant sense of humor, keeping everyone in the household entertained to the fullest. It is perhaps due to this reason that the TFTs are commonly seen in circuses serving companions to clowns.
Because of their pleasant and comforting nature, they are said to be well suited to give company to elderly people suffering from disabilities.
Though most of them are bundles of energy you would also notice a few of the couch potato kind, who would mostly prefer to laze in the confines of their home.
They excel as efficient watchdogs since these breeds would alert the arrival of an unknown person into their territory at once.
These small dogs are fun loving but not a suitable companion for very small children who may not handle them with care. Being toy-sized they are highly susceptible to break their bones, especially if one does not take proper care.
They get along well with other dogs mainly when brought up with them, but could get a little territorial on encountering strange canine trespassing into their domain. The TFTs are also friendly with felines and are known to exist with two or three of them at a time which may be bigger than it in size.
They would not be too much of a hassle to train, though the trainer should be tactful in dealing with these smart dogs.
Dry dog food of a good brand along with homemade food comprising a sufficient amount of animal proteins and all other essential nutrients would help in maintaining its overall health.