Toy Fox Terrier

Breed History

Toy Fox Terrier is a toy size dog that comes from the United States of America. Although they come from the bigger Fox Terrier they are known as a different breed.

Larger Fox Terriers were bred to hunt down foxes in England and have an incredible prey drive back in the 17th century. After becoming an export Americans wanted that same breed but smaller.

Other breeds that are known to help get them into a toy size are Miniature Pinschers, Italian Greyhounds and Chihuahuas. Due to the different crossbreeding they are separate from who they are named after.

Presence of different dogs gives them different colors, personality, and abilities. With the addition of different dogs at a high rate it was impossible to keep them together in regard to registrations.

In America, during the Great Depression these dogs would be breed and would survive until present day. First job they would hold would consists of ratting on farms and barns.

Second job they would possess would be a great show dog that is fierce in competitions and hard to beat. They excel in multiple areas and are bred exclusively for dog shows.

Also, they have a strong presence on the circus level and have been staples in show business. Performing under the lights are another activity where they excel.


In 2003, they would receive full recognition from the American Kennel Club and had registration with the United Kennel Club for decades already.

Ranks Top 110 in popularity shows that they are not one of the toy dogs in the country that gets the most attention. A movie role or anything similar can boost their popularity but right now they will most likely stay stagnant with popularity.

Toy Group, or Terrier, are the two categories that the kennel clubs showing recognition would place them. Here are the kennel clubs and their breed standards for this breed.


Male Height: 8.5-11 inches

Female Height: 8-10 inches

Male Weight: 5-7 pounds

Female Weight: 3.5-5 pounds

Litter Size

3 puppies are the average litter size for the Toy Fox Terrier. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect when breeding. Waiting for eight weeks until the puppies are old enough to be sold to a responsible owner is the best practice.


White – black, tan, and chocolate


$1,000 is the average price for a Toy Fox Terrier. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other factors that can affect the cost of a puppy.

Registration will increase the price of the puppy due to the quality of dog and strict adherence to the breed standard. Only full blood dogs will match the description in most cases.

Without papers you can expect to pay a lower premium. Whenever one, or both parents, are unable to receive papers that will make the puppy ineligible as well.


Taking the dog for a long walk or run before starting the grooming session is the best practice. This dog has a short, single, and smooth coat so they are lower maintenance in all aspects. Try changing the way you start the grooming and use a leash to ensure complete compliance.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brushing the coat should happen at least two times per month. Shedding is close to none and the Toy Fox Terrier is easy to groom.

Bathe the dog when they are nice and tired from running or walking and it will be a breeze. A better introduction is when the dog is hot and you provide cool water in a bath.

Cleaning the ears should happen once a week to prevent infections. Shaking their heads, scratching the ears, and developing an ear odor are signs that they have an ear infection.

Trimming the nails should happen during running and walking, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise the dog, which we don’t recommend, use clippers or hire a professional.

Professional help is not a recommendation for this breed.

Life Span

13-14 years is the average lifespan for a Toy Fox Terrier. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog you should consider adopting due to their long lifespan.

Health Issues

Luxation Patellar – kneecaps slipping are one of the constant issues for small and toy breeds. Partial or complete dislocation will cause you to take them to the vet and get some surgery. Pet insurance may be a great option for you. Refer to our resources page to see if the pet insurance we recommend is right for you.

Thyroid – improper functioning of the Thyroid will make the dog gain excessive weight, never ending thirst, and massive loss of hair. Take the dog to the vet if your dog is experiencing this symptom.

Eye Examination – cherry eye, glaucoma, and cataracts are all issues that can affect your dog. By the time they turn 24 months of age you want to get them their first exam and annually after that until they are 7 years of age. Complete or partial blindness can result from some of the issues.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Toy Group. All these dogs have in common is being magnificent lap dogs most of which were held by elite members of society, only given away as a gift, and never sold by anybody.

Here are the most popular dogs in the Toy Group

Exercise Needs

Toy Fox Terrier needs a lot of exercise and they need it every day. Failure to provide adequate exercise will result in undesirable behavior and lead to a bad relationship with the dog and possible removal from the home.

Giving the proper amount of exercise will change the dog’s behavior more than any treat, toy, or reward you can think of. When dogs aren’t getting enough exercise, it will start to show quickly.

They will begin to bark excessively, start nipping, biting, digging, chewing up items and many more. Additionally, they will be jumping out of their skin and showing signs of overexcitement.

Once you start to see these behaviors developing start using exercise to balance out what they need and what you need from them behavior wise.

Understanding the relationship between exercise and behavior will change the way you raise dogs and how they act, especially in social settings.

Here is a basic recommendation we would give a client

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Young dogs need a lot more runs and two session days to produce a calming effect. Working with them on commands and rules will make this the most time-consuming time of the dog’s life for the owner.

Adult dogs, around three years of age, will start to free up more time and need one session per day due to their energy decline. Training efforts should be on autopilot at this point.

Senior dogs need a short walk around the corner once every other day. Check with the dog and they will let you know if they need more by their behavior and energy levels.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every home should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than daily exercise. Giving the dog one to two hours of exercise a day will produce exceptional results for the dog and owner. Simply strategy but it is not easy but now you have a compass and a daily task. Just knocking out some walks, runs, and treadmill sessions are going to make the dog behavior better. Adding one hour will produce 365 or two hours is 730 hours of exercise per year. Meaning the Toy Fox Terrier would have to recover from that many hours creating a wide net of positive energy in the household.

Commands are very important to the training program. Repetition will help you out the most when teaching dogs new commands and shoot for two to three days for reliable responses. Treats, toy, and life rewards will be the best motivation but ultimately you will have to teach them with and without these elements.

Socializing the dog should happen after a long run or walk. Before vet visits, dog parks, car rides, parks, family visiting, or friends stopping by you should make sure the dog gets a lot of exercise beforehand. Although this adds to the work when going to the dog park you can take them on an additional walk when you get there just to tire them out more.

Correct the dog verbal, on or off leash using the right principles. Timing is the biggest factors should happen before the bad behavior takes place. If they are in the middle or after bad behavior corrections won’t mean much. Lastly, make the dog sit or lay after the correction.

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