If you are wondering if there is a recipe for the perfectly-balanced, fun-dog, we recommend mixing the tenacity of a terrier and a lap dog’s lovability. What you will get in the end, is none other than the Toy Fox Terrier.
With its round, intelligent dark eyes and ears that remind of a bat’s, the Toy Fox Terrier is a pure comedian in the dog world, wrapped in a small but sturdy package.
Just short of a foot, this little pooch is filled with enough charisma to outshine a whole bunch of other, let’s say, more ordinary dogs,
But, when it comes to owning one, how does it compare to other dogs? Is it more demanding? Is it more sensitive considering its size?
These are just a few of the questions you are probably asking yourself.
And, to give you the proper answers to these and plenty of more questions, we have decided to create this Toy Fox Terrier guide.
In this article, not only that you will get more familiar with the breed itself, but you will also learn how to distinguish a bad breeder from a good one and make sure the puppy you buy is high-quality.
But first, let’s start with the things you need to know before buying a Toy Fox Terrier puppy.
The Toy Fox Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…
In this part of the guide, you will get more familiar with what it means to live with a Toy Fox Terrier puppy so that you are completely sure you got what it takes.
However, the first thing you should find out is the price of the puppy. You don’t want to fall in love with this breed only to realize the price range exceeds your budget.
What price are the Toy Fox Terrier puppies?
If you want a healthy, happy puppy that will develop properly and come with all the good traits of this breed, you have to buy it from a reputable breeder.
The price tag for these puppies is usually a bit on the expensive side, but it is always to choose quality over price.
On average, for a puppy that is guaranteed high-quality, the price range goes from some $500 to $800.
It can go even higher, but those are premium-quality pups, and they come with breeding rights and are guaranteed dog show champions.
How to find reputable Toy Fox Terrier breeders?
A reputable breeder is hard to find, and even if you do find one, perhaps just now, he doesn’t have puppies for sale.
Because of this, many people who buy puppies go to other, less ideal places.
But, if you want a healthy puppy that will live to become an old dog and share plenty of happy memories with you, you should make an effort to find a breeder that truly offers high-quality pups.
Here is how to find them.
- Dog Shows
Do you want to find a good breeder? The dog shows are exactly where they proudly exhibit their doggie proud and joy.
But, before going to the show, first, complete your homework and learn the basic things about the breed that interests you.
- Join a breed club
Becoming a breed club member is not expensive and can be a very good way of establishing contacts with prominent breeders.
There, you can get a lot of useful information about getting puppies and all the problems (if you have them) when you’ve got a puppy.
- The World Wide Web
The Internet has become one of the best ways to find breeders and breed information.
There are many websites where you can find kennel lists.
Some sites are even specialized for breeders of certain breeds and almost every serious breeder now owns its website.
- Should you buy a puppy that you haven’t seen?
Buying a puppy “blind” can be very risky, but not always.
It is important that before you decide to take this step, check the breeder and know more about him.
The breeder should certainly send you all the information you are interested in, pictures of both parents and complete documentation.
If everything seems to be in order, just go ahead.
It is better to have a job with a reputable breeder that is a thousand miles away, than with an ignorant breeder in your town.
In the end, here are a few tips that point out to “bad breeders”.
- Has little or no knowledge on the breed
- Selling a puppy that is younger than eight weeks
- Doesn’t have show dogs or doesn’t compete in any other dog sports
- Does not allow you to take a look at the litter, to see the mother or other dogs from the kennel, or see where and how dogs are bred
- Doesn’t understand the importance of socialization
If any of these red flags pop out, make sure you don’t buy a puppy from this breeder and move on to the next one you believe is reputable.
3 Little-known facts about the Toy Fox Terrier puppies
Finally, the “how will I live with Toy Fox Terrier pup part”. Here are some little-known facts about them, so that you know what you are getting into.
They don’t like other small animals
Terriers are Terriers and as such, they don’t go along well with other small pets in your home.
Don’t leave them alone with hamsters or birds, as they might decide to display their dominance over these poor little animals.
They are of aware of their small size
The Toy Fox Terriers are a small breed but they don’t care. They don’t have a problem “sharing” their piece of mind with other, much, much bigger dogs.
They will often get in trouble for this so you have to keep an eye on them, especially while they are young.
They can be little Big tyrants
Sure, they are small and adorable, but they can be real slave-drivers if you allow them.
So, make sure you start the training early if you want to have a well-mannered dog and not an annoying little tyrant that will boss you around.
Physical Traits of the Toy Fox Terrier
Let’s see how “big” your Toy Fox Terrier gets when in his fully-grown stage. Also, in this part, you will discover the average lifespan of the breed. A little hint, he is in for the long run!
How big is a full-grown Toy Fox Terrier?
According to AKC, a full-grown Toy Fox Terrier should be anywhere between 8 and 11 inches tall at his shoulder line. Of course, like with any other breed, the males are slightly taller than the females.
As for the weight, the average range starts from some 3 pounds and can go up to 7 pounds.
Yeah, they are lightweight and can be easily carried in a purse, but that is not recommended as they will develop the infamous small dog syndrome.
What is the life expectancy of the Toy Fox Terrier?
Like most small dog breeds, the Toy Fox Terriers have a pretty long lifespan.
On average, these dogs can live from 14 to 15 years, assuming that they are properly taken care of and that they have a diet that suits their specific needs.
Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Toy Fox Terrier
This dog is as Terrier as one Terrier can get.
He has a burning fire in his heart and will gladly go hunt squirrels, or other small animals, but is also a loving companion and doesn’t mind relaxing in his owner’s lap while watching the TV.
The Toy Fox Terriers are also exceptionally smart, and even while just a few-weeks-old pups, they will easily and quickly get used to living in a home and won’t make a mess and regularly wait to be taken outside to do their thing.
But, we do recommend having a dog pad or a dog litter box, just in case.
Furthermore, dog sports and activities such as obedience are a pure delight for them, and they were famous for being amazing circus acrobats and clown assistants.
This just shows that their high level of intelligence allows them to pick up on the tricks easily and quickly.
They will be active as pups and remain active even when they become senior citizens.
Furthermore, these dogs are unbelievably protective and loyal when their family is concerned and will bark their guts out if they sense danger.
But, to make sure they alarm you of real danger and not when a fly flies over him, you need to start the socialization early.
This will relax your dog as he will constantly be exposed to new people, animals, sights, sounds, and experiences, and realize that he should not be scared of everything.
Sometimes, you will wonder if your Toy Fox Terrier even realizes that he is a dog and not a human, as he will insist to be involved in everything that your family and you do.
And, he will have an opinion on everything!
All in all, this adorable little clown can be a wonderful addition to your family, but you have to train and socialize him from the start if you want him to grow up into a well-mannered Gentledog that has a great sense of humor.
Toy Fox Terrier Diet
The Toy Fox Terrier is a small dog with a small stomach. This only means that you need to be extremely careful about not overfeeding him.
Remember that the diet for your Toy Fox Terrier should be formed in a way to suit his caloric needs.
But, you should know that he can, and gladly will eat meat, eggs, and vegetables, only he needs to have proper, small portions.
Ask the breeder about the diet plan and the caloric needs of this breed, and consult your dog’s vet as well.
How much Exercise does a Toy Fox Terrier need?
Toy Fox Terriers love going outside and exploring the world. But, due to their “I am the biggest dog of all!” attitude, they constantly get in trouble when real, big dogs show up in the dog park.
Outdoor walks and exercise sessions will do good for your dog, but considering their temperament, it’s a good thing that they are apartment dogs and that their daily exercise needs can be fully satisfied even inside the home.
The Toy Fox Terrier Health and Conditions
The Toy Fox Terriers are a healthy breed in general. But, just like all other breeds, there are certain health conditions that are associated with the breed, and that can be carried on through genes.
These conditions include:
- Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
- Congenital Hypothyroidism
- Demodectic Mange
- Von Willebrand’s Disease
- Patellar Luxation
It is never a bad idea to ask the breeder about the bloodline’s medical history so that you know what to possibly expect in the future.
Your dog will not necessarily suffer from these issues, especially if both parents were cleared of these conditions, but it’s good to be prepared, just in case.
My final thoughts on the Toy Fox Terrier
Like before, the health section marks the end of our guide. Have you gotten to know the Toy Fox Terrier breed better after reading everything?
Do you still want to welcome a puppy of this breed into your home? If your answer is yes, great and we are happy that we helped.
But, to stay on the safe side and make sure you are making a well informed final decision, let’s take a look at the most important things you learned about the breed today.
In the beginning, the Toy Fox Terriers, created from the Smooth Fox Terrier that is a larger breed, were used as rat and small rodent hunters on the farms.
But, due to their high intelligence levels and trainability, they were “promoted” to circus acrobats and entertainers.
Today, they are great in agility and obedience competitions, but their main purpose is being loyal family companions.
They love being around their human family and will do anything to be included in everything that the family does.
If trained properly and early, as well as socialized from the first days, these adorable little clowns can make a wonderful family addition to any type of family.
Whether we are talking about a city or a country home, they will adapt and gladly cuddle with the first family member that sits on the sofa.
That pretty much sums everything up! Thank you for reading our guide to the end, and don’t hesitate to share it on social media if you think that your friends will like to get to know this adorable little breed better.
Emily started this blog out of pure passion. She LOVES her 3 dogs; Chew Barka, Cooper & Nelson, and spends countless hours every day playing with them.
When she’s not nerding out on dogs, you’ll find her on a snowboard or in the kitchen baking chocolate brownies.
She’s been featured in PetAware, Dogtime, and ModernDog.
- The Toy Fox Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…
- Physical Traits of the Toy Fox Terrier
- Intelligence, Temperament and Personality Traits of the Toy Fox Terrier
- Toy Fox Terrier Diet
- The Toy Fox Terrier Health and Conditions
- My final thoughts on the Toy Fox Terrier