Outgoing Toy Fox Terriers have serious FOMO (fear of missing out): whatever you're doing, they want to be along for the ride. Literally, in some cases — this breed used to ride in the saddlebags of hunters, who took them out to catch small prey. They've also performed in circuses, impressing audiences with their jumping skills and ability to walk a tightrope. Sometimes, though, these feisty furballs just want to stay in with you for movies and cuddles.
Toy Fox Terriers are sometimes called an “AmerToy” breed because — you guessed it — this toy breed originated in the United States. Those huge bat ears and naturally bobbed tail give the Toy Fox Terrier a distinctive look.
This small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 3.5-7 pounds and lives an average of 13-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Toy group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Companion
Breed Group: Toy
Average Lifespan: 13-15 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 95
AREA OF ORIGIN United States
DATE OF ORIGIN Early 1900s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION Vermin control
TODAY'S FUNCTION Companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 8.5 -11 Weight: 3.5 - 7
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 8.5 -11 Weight: 3.5 - 7
OTHER NAME American Toy Terrier, Amertoy
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Shy
Ease of training Hard to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A TOY FOX TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Toy Fox Terriers can be a bit “extra,” as the kids say. They're bursting at the seams with personality. This breed has charisma, courage, and comedy to spare. Fiercely loyal, these dogs make their chosen people the center of their world. Their small size and considerable energy levels make them better suited to play with older children.
WHAT IS TOY FOX BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Alert and very active, Toy Fox Terriers are dogs on the go. This is an athletic, graceful, and agile breed.
Romping and running should be a part of their everyday routine; this dog has endless endurance. True terriers, they also enjoy digging, exploring, and barking. Discourage nuisance barking early and often.
HOW EASY IS TO TRAIN A TOY FOX TERRIER?
Toy Fox Terriers are an intelligent and biddable breed; they respond eagerly to training. The flip side of that intelligence is that these clever canines bore easily, so keep training sessions short and fun. They excel at rally, flyball, and agility.
Unlike many toy breeds, these dogs house-train quickly. Many use piddle pads or litter boxes (though male Toy Fox Terriers don't always have the best aim, so you might want to look into a high-sided litter box).
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO TOY FOX TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Toy Fox Terriers are average seasonal shedders who require occasional grooming. Plan to brush them once a week and bathe as needed.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO TOY FOX TERRIERS HAVE?
As a breed, Toy Fox Terriers are generally healthy. Some are vulnerable to slipping kneecaps or eye disease.
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ARE TOY FOX TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Toy Fox Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as tiny as a Toy Fox Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS A TOY FOX TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Take her with you! Whatever you're doing, your Toy Fox Terrier wants to be a part of it.
SHOULD I ADOPT A TOY FOX TERRIER?
Though they don't mind the heat, their thin skins make these AmerToys shiver in cold temperatures. (Bonus: adorable tiny dog sweaters.) Their size makes Toy Fox Terriers ideal for apartment life, but be sure this inquisitive gal gets plenty of time to sniff around outside. It's also worth noting that Toy Fox Terriers are very active and can be noisy; they won't sit at home alone quietly. This dog will be happiest and healthiest with a person who is able to spend lots of time with her and be sure she gets enough mental and physical activity.
Have you decided that a Toy Fox Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.