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Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 8-11”
Weight: 3.5-7 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Toy Fox Terrier in the following colors:

  • White and black
  • White and tank
  • White, black and tan
  • White, chocolate and tan
  • White and chocolate

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 13-14 years
The Toy Fox Terrier is considered to be a healthy breed, especially when you work with a responsible breeder. While this breed is healthy, that does not mean that it does not come with some health concerns. Some of the health concerns that you need to be aware of include PLL, patellar luxation, demodectic mange, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Legg-Calve-Perthe’s Disease, and CHG.

PLL, short for primary lens luxation, is an inherited eye condition that your Toy Fox Terrier may have. This condition is painful and leads to blinding in your pup. It is a common disease found in small terriers, so make sure that your veterinarian regularly screens your pup’s eyes.

Patellar luxation is a dislocated knee and when your pup does have one, it is painful and you may notice lameness in the affected leg.

Demodectic mange is a type of parasitic mite that may infect your Toy Fox Terrier. This mite causes severe itching and may lead to hair loss. This condition can be treated with medication given to you at the vet’s office.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is an inherited blood disorder that is marked by a lack of proteins in the platelets. Because of this deficiency, your pup’s blood will not clot properly.

Legg-Calve-Perthe’s Disease affects the femur bone in dogs and is present when the head of the femur bone starts to degenerate. This disease causes bone and joint inflammation.

Lastly, your Toy Fox Terrier may have CHG, also known as congenital hypothyroidism with goiter. Dogs who have this condition lack a necessary enzyme that allows the thyroid to function properly. Your pup’s metabolism will not regulate the body correctly when this condition is present.

The Toy Fox Terrier has a life expectancy of 13 to 14 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Toy Fox Terrier is considered to be a pup that is alert, smart, and outgoing. You will find that your puppy has a fierce attitude and is not afraid to run around and explore. His or her free spirit may land him or her in trouble now and again, but with a close eye kept on your pup, you can prevent them from getting into things they should not.

Your Toy Fox Terrier is going to be alert, which makes him or her a good watch dog. You will find that he or she is wary of strangers at first, but will accept them easily into your home once your pup knows the stranger is not a threat.

This breed is loving and will show you affection. In fact, he or she is loyal and gets along with children as well. You may notice that this breed likes the human touch and will follow you around the house.

Your Toy Fox Terrier is outgoing and will get along with other animals, but does not like small animals such as rats, gerbils, rabbits, or other tiny pets. With socialization, you may be able to weed out some of this behavior, but it is not guaranteed, so pay close attention to your pup.

This breed is perfect for apartment and condo living and does not require a backyard, although your pup would surely appreciate one. You will find that your Toy Fox Terrier has quite a bit of energy, but not too much to cause you any concern. You should make sure to walk your pup at least once per day.

Training of the Toy Fox Terrier is considered to be easy, and since this pup is intelligent, you do not have to worry about a slow learning process. This pup will listen to your commands and perform well. It is important to note that this breed does not respond well to harsh training methods and does best with positive reinforcement.


The Toy Fox Terrier sheds a fair amount, and you will need to vacuum up after him or her. While they do shed, their grooming needs are relatively easy. You will need to make sure that you brush him or her once per day to remove any loose hairs and to keep your pup’s coat smooth and tangle free.

You only need to bathe your pup when he or she becomes dirty or stinky. You should choose a mild shampoo to prevent any skin irritation. While a bath is not necessary, you need to make sure you clean out your pup’s ears and remove any buildup of dirt and debris.

In addition to cleaning your pup’s ears, you will need to trim your Toy Fox Terrier’s nails monthly. If you are not comfortable doing this, you should take your pup to see the groomer to have it done. Nails that are too long can become painful for your pup and you risk the chance of your pup accidentally ripping or snagging the nail itself.


You can expect your Toy Fox Terrier to consume between 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup of food per day. It is important that you split this amount up and do not offer it all at once. You should feed your pup a high-quality kibble and refrain from too much wet food, as this can lead to obesity.

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A Toy Fox Terrier puppy will cost you anywhere between $600 and $700 on average. You can expect to pay more or less depending on the sex of the puppy, the season, and the breeder.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. The Toy Fox Terrier is a great choice for an apartment or condo. You will find that this breed likes to cuddle with you and will stick close by to your side at times. This breed is easy to train and gets along with other animals in your home. You will have to be cautious when this pup is around small pets, but with proper socialization, your pup is sure to do well. This breed ranks a 2.


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