Toy Fox Terrier
(aka: American Toy Terrier, Amertoy)
Toy Fox Terrier Description
The Toy Fox Terrier is a little dog with a big personality. He has a sturdy build, and an eager, alert expression, which is added to by his large, pricked up ears. The coat of the Toy Fox Terrier is short, close fitting, and smooth, with a shiny finish. He is tri-colored, with white being the main color, coupled with patches of black and tan. The height of the Toy Fox Terrier is around 9-11 inches, and these little dogs weigh in at around 3-7 pounds.
The Toy Fox Terrier is a comical, entertaining, and playful little dog, even when he grows up. Spirited, determined, and with bags of courage, these dogs make great companions and family pets, suited to both experienced and inexperienced dog owners. The Toy Fox Terrier has a protective streak when it comes to his loved ones, knows no fear, and will bark to raise the alarm, all of which makes him an effective watchdog. He does have a fair amount of energy and likes to play, but he is adept at entertaining himself indoors and is not demanding in terms of activity. These dogs are agile and quick on their feet, with an inquisitive nature. This means that you need to ensure that any play area provided for him is safe and secure to prevent escape. He has a keen sense of smell and sight, and is intelligent and responsive.
The Toy Fox Terrier is ideal for those that like to cuddle their pets, as he loves being handled. However, he does not appreciate being roughly handled, and this means that he is best around older, gentle children. His eagerness to please coupled with his intelligence makes training less of a challenge, but beware - housebreaking could be quite a different matter. The Toy Fox Terrier gets along fine with other pets in most cases, but he will not be bossed around by them - the Toy Fox Terrier is not at all afraid to stand up to another animal. These dogs are adaptable in terms of their living environment, as they will amuse and entertain themselves. However, they do thrive on the interaction and affections of their owners.
If you have little time to dedicate to grooming then the Toy Fox Terrier could prove ideal. You only need to brush his coat occasionally to keep it smooth and shiny. Although he is not a very heavy shedder, he does shed on a year round basis, so may not be suited to severe allergy sufferers.
The Toy Fox Terrier was originally bred and developed in the United States in the early 1900's. The major bloodlines used to start the breed were from the Smooth Fox Terrier crossed with several other toy breeds and small types of dogs. Selection of the smallest of the Smooth Fox Terriers for early breeding meant that only a small amount of cross breeding was required to develop the Toy Fox Terrier breed.
The goal of the early breeders was to miniaturize the Smooth Fox Terrier and reduce some the independence of the terrier natural to a more elegant and "family friendly" type companion dog. Early crosses to develop the Toy Fox Terrier including Miniature Pinchers, Italian Greyhounds and even the Chihuahua. The breed is now a true breed, meaning that only registered Toy Fox Terriers are used in breeding lines.
The Toy Fox Terrier was first recognized as a breed in 1936 by the United Kennel Club, but did not receive full recognition in the toy group of the American Kennel Club until January 1 of 2003.
Training the Toy Fox Terrier requires both consistency and an understanding of the terrier temperament. The Toy Fox Terrier will quickly learn new tricks and commands, however like all terriers his or her intelligence means that they will also learn how to avoid doing things they don't like. Using a positive training reward system with the Toy Fox Terrier is essential, as they will disengage from training if they are punished or trained using negative methods. The Toy Fox Terrier is very alert and aware of their surroundings and training needs to be completed in a distraction free environment as much as possible.
Training needs to start when the Toy Fox Terrier is just a puppy as this is the ideal time to bond with the dog. Keep training sessions short and avoid a lot of repetition that will simply cause the dog or puppy to become bored. Puppy obedience classes as well as lots of structured socialization are highly recommended as the Toy Fox Terrier is maturing and throughout their life.
These dogs make excellent obedience and agility dogs as well as assistance dogs for individuals with disabilities. There is also a growing use of the Toy Fox Terrier as therapy dogs. Their small size, intelligence and athletic ability make them ideal as helping dogs and companions for those that need assistance.
The life expectancy of the Toy Fox Terrier is 12-15 years, and there are a number of health problems to look out for with this breed. This includes vWD, luxating patella, heart problems, seizures, and thyroid problems. The parents of the Toy Fox Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates, and you should also ask about patella clearance.