History & Overview
The Toy Fox Terrier is one of 31 terrier breeds currently recognized by the America Kennel Club. His direct ancestor is the Smooth Fox Terrier which was bred to be a quick-thinking and tenacious hunter. The spunky, energetic Toy Fox Terrier retained many of his ancestor’s traits. High-spirited and alert, he is a loyal, protective and charming little family companion. His energy is endless, and he will chase everything that comes in sight: squirrel, balls or any rodent that trespasses his territory.
The breed was developed in the United States by crossing Smooth Fox Terriers, Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhounds. Good-natured and playful, the Toy Fox Terrier is a tireless watchdog and will alert his family to anything unusual in his household.
Despite his small size, it retains a true terrier personality. He is very athletic and always ready to do something. Being quick and willing to learn, the Amertoys proved themselves serving people with disabilities. They have been trained to work as a hearing dog for the deaf. Being small enough to be carried in one hand, this tiny breed can adapt more quickly than most to the restrictions of urban living.
At A Glance
Country of Origin:
AKC Classification: Toy Group
Small (8.5 – 11.5 inches at shoulders)
- Tri-Color: Black head with tan markings on cheeks, lips and eye dots.
- White, Chocolate and Tan: Chocolate head with tan markings on cheeks, lips and eye dots
- White and Tan: Tan head. Body is over 50% white with or without tan body spots.
- White and Black: Black head. Body is over 50% white with or without black body spots.
2 – 3
13 – 14 years
Occasional brushing and nail trimming
Active, playful, protective, loyal and obedient.
The Toy Fox Terrier gets along with other household animals.
Suitability for Children:
The breed is very small and fragile and is not recommended for families with small children where puppies can be easily hurt in rough play.
This breed is very active and does not have any special exercise needs.
Health & Behavioral Issues:
The Toy Fox Terrier is a very healthy breed. Most common health disorders include: