Toy Fox Terrier

"The Mighty Mini Terrier"

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Bred down from the Smooth Fox Terrier, these pint-sized dogs were popular around farms for many decades before being discovered by the pet-loving public. This is a true American breed with British roots.


Toy Fox Terriers love to curl up in a lap, but can be up and running when a bird flies by the window. They're curious, always wanting to know what's going on and to be part of the action. You might find one reading the newspaper over your shoulder if you spend too much time with it instead of them. Their report card might read “Plays well with others” – as long as the classmate isn't a rodent.


The smooth white coat with black and/or tan markings jackets a muscular little body. Ears are erect and so is the wagging tail most of the time. The tail is often docked in the United States.


The bright and spirited Toy Fox Terrier is up for almost any activity – earth dog (terrier trials), agility, obedience. Name it, and they'll give it a try. They make good therapy dogs and assistance dogs as well.

Grooming & Care

The Toy Fox Terrier is easy-care. More time will be spent picking white hairs off your dark clothing and dark hairs off your light clothing than in grooming the dog. Basics suffice: trim nails, clean teeth and wipe down with a soft brush or wet cloth. Cold weather demands a coat to protect the dog from the elements.

Health Concerns

Patellar luxation and Legg-Calve Perthes can occur, as can von Willebrand's Disease and hypothyroidism. OFA clearance of parents is recommended.

Famous Toy Fox Terrier

Every one is sure that he or she is the most famous.

Ideal Owner
Activity Level 4
Schedule 6
Home 44
Children 48
Experience 54
Quick Facts
Grooming 13
Exercise 60
Challenges Barks a lot; can get bossy.
Height 9 to 11 inches
Weight 3 to 7 pounds
Life 13 to 14 years
Home Alone 83
With Kids 89
With Strangers 22
Availability 23

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