Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier, as a typical representative of the terrier group, has an incredible reserve of energy. Even in old age, the pet behaves very actively. The funny and agile dog becomes incredibly happy as soon as he sees the leash in the owner's hand. If you don't give him enough attention and care, he becomes sad.

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Breed Information
Another Name
American Toy Terrier, Amertoy
Males 25-29 cm
Females 22-28 cm
1.5-3.5 kg
Short, shiny, without an undercoat
Tricolor with white in the base, chocolate or white-red
13-14 years
ICF Classification
Breeds outside the FCI classification
Small breed or decorative dogs
From $200

Breed photos

Features of the breed

Love for Kids
Easy nutrition
Training needs
Tendency to be trained

History of Origin

The birthplace of the Toy Fox Terrier is considered to be the United States. It took great effort to obtain this ornamental breed. The main descendants of the terrier are the Mexican Chihuahua and the English Toy Terrier.

The little dogs had different purposes. They participated in circus acts, guarded barns from rodents, and were even used for hunting. The International Canine Organization never recognized the breed, but in 2003 it was recognized by the American Club.

Appearance: height, weight, fur, color

The Toy Fox Terrier has an elegant appearance. The head is small in size but set very proudly. The Fox Terrier has clearly defined dry cheekbones and a narrow muzzle. The bite is scissor-shaped. The ears are set high, have a triangle shape. The neck is of medium length, the body elongated. The stomach is well put together. The muscles on the limbs are well marked. The tail is usually short. The coat of the Fox Terrier is short and tight to the body. Color is tricolor with white at the base, chocolate or white-red.

The Character

The Toy Fox Terrier, as a typical representative of the terrier group, has an incredible reserve of energy. Even in old age, the pet behaves very actively. The funny and agile dog becomes incredibly happy as soon as he sees the leash in the owner’s hand. If you don’t give him enough attention and care, he becomes sad.

The Toy Fox Terrier is a wonderful companion for a large family. He loves to spend time with people and is incredibly loyal to his owner. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to play with children, but he will not tolerate any mischief or sloppy movements in his direction. Terrier himself takes the place of a child in the family, so any manifestation of attention in the baby’s direction will cause jealousy.

The Toy Fox Terrier is very vigilant and does not like strangers on its territory. It gets along well with other pets, especially if they have known each other since birth.

The Toy Fox Terrier can behave very proudly and arrogantly toward other dogs on a walk. He is often the instigator of conflicts, although there are calmer individuals.

The Toy Fox Terrier is a very untidy dog; it can fall out in the dirt or garbage. The hunting instinct can be awakened at any time if the Toy Fox Terrier smells a rodent.


The Toy Fox Terrier does not require any special care. You can keep him in a large house and a small apartment. However, life in an aviary will not suit the baby; he is very sensitive to temperature changes. In severe cold, the pet must be dressed in special clothing.

The hair should be combed out with a special brush. Bathe once every few months. Pay attention to care products so as not to provoke skin allergies. Trim nails every month.


Although the Toy Fox Terrier is an indoor dog, it needs plenty of exercises. This breed is not suitable for people who spend all their time at work. It is recommended to go outside twice a day, play active games with toys. To reduce aggression towards other dogs in the little Toy Fox Terrier, you need to pay special attention to socialization. Many dog owners rarely allow their pets to play with their congeners, limiting them to human attention. But even indoor dogs need to socialize with other dogs for proper mental development.

It is not difficult to train a pet. It has excellent intelligence and always wants to please its owner. You should teach the rules of behavior, what you can and can’t do in the house, from an early age. It will be easier for your puppy to set a walking and feeding schedule and always conform to it.

Common diseases

The key to the Toy Fox Terrier’s excellent health is proper nutrition and care, genetics, and timely visits to a specialist. The breed should be vaccinated against hepatitis, enteritis, rabies, and leptospirosis.

The most vulnerable part of the Toy Fox Terrier is the limbs. It is necessary to make sure that the pet does not jump from a great height and gently go down the steps.

The Toy Fox Terrier is prone to these diseases:

  • allergies;
  • poor blood clotting;
  • dermatitis;
  • necrosis of the femoral head;
  • secondary congenital hypothyroidism.


The diet for the Toy Fox Terrier needs to be chosen carefully. The dog may suffer from food allergies. The dog should be given lean meats, dairy products such as cottage cheese, porridges, and vegetables. Portions should be small. The Toy Fox Terrier should be fed twice a day.