Toy Foxy Rat Terrier (Toy Fox Terrier & Rat Terrier Mix)

Height: 10-15 inches
Weight: 10-25 pounds
Lifespan: 12-15 years
Colors: Brown, black, cream, white
Suitable for: Active families looking for a small and playful dog
Temperament: Energetic, friendly, intelligent, entertaining

There’s a lot to love about the Foxy Rat Terrier. He’s friendly and ready to show his affection readily. Both his parent breeds, the Toy Fox Terrier and the Rat Terrier, share this trait. It’s part of what makes this pup so lovable. He is also a curious pooch that likes to explore his world. Put it down to his background as a hunter of rats, hence, the name.

That makes the Foxy Rat Terrier a spunky pup, ready to give chase at the drop of a hat. His energy also takes center stage with his antics. He loves an audience and will perform on cue. His compact size and cute face seal the deal. If you’re looking for a dog that will make each day fun, look no further than this playful pooch.
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Foxy Rat Terrier Puppies – Before You Buy…

Energy
Trainability
Health
Lifespan
Sociability

Part of the process of getting a puppy is pre-sale research. It’s vital whether it’s your first pet or tenth.  It’s essential to know what to expect from a pup so that it’s a good fit for everyone. That means considering the good, the bad, and the ugly. On the positive side, the Foxy Rat Terrier is small. He can adapt to apartment living as long as he gets regular walks. He is also relatively long-lived.

On the downside, there is the tenaciousness that defines terriers. Remember that the Foxy Rat Terrier is a high-energy dog. He needs activity to stay happy and healthy. That means a commitment on your part to ensure he gets enough exercise and bonding time. The latter is crucial since this pooch is prone to suffer from separation anxiety. He is also vocal if he doesn’t get his way.

There are two other considerations when discussing the Foxy Rat Terrier. First, he has a strong prey drive. That’s not surprising given his background as a hunting dog. It’s instinctive to him to chase squirrels, rabbits, or anything else that runs from him. Second, this pup has an equally high wanderlust potential. That the tenacious terrier in him. He sees a pursuit through until its end.

What’s the Price of Foxy Rat Terrier Puppies?

The popularity of the Toy Fox Terrier is the driving force behind the cost of a Foxy Rat Terrier puppy. You can expect to pay in the ballpark of $600–$1,000. You’ll likely face some competition, too, for this delightful pup. We recommend only buying from responsible breeders who do the necessary health screenings and routine healthcare.

The first year is probably the most expensive when owning a dog. Besides the purchase price, there is also the cost of spaying or neutering your pet, should you decide to have it done. The surgery for a female is considerably more costly than a male because it is more invasive. Bear in mind that some sellers make it a condition of a sale, too.

Food is the second-highest category of expenses. Then, of course, there are toys, treats, and all kinds of other goodies to spoil your pooch. We haven’t even touched on the cute t-shirts and other clothing you can get your Foxy Rat Terrier!

Whenever we discuss getting a dog, we also have to address another issue that you may encounter on your search for the perfect pet, puppy mills. Some sellers will take shortcuts on the breeding and care of their dogs to take advantage of a breed’s popularity. Unfortunately, that is too often the case. Beware of anyone offering puppies without the necessary vaccinations, deworming, or healthcare.

That is especially true with smaller dogs like the Foxy Rat Terrier. Also, never buy a puppy that is less than 8 weeks old or preferably 12 weeks old. These pups need that time with their mother and littermates to help them transition into the next stage of their life as your beloved pet.
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3 Little-Known Facts About Foxy Rat Terrier

1. The Toy Fox Terrier is a crossbreed of several dogs.

The Toy Fox Terrier has a lengthy pedigree that includes crossbreeding with several other small pups, including the Chihuahua and Italian Greyhound. If you look closely, you can see the resemblance.

2. The Rat Terrier is the new kid on the block with the AKC.

The Rat Terrier has been on the job for a long time, keeping farms free of rodents. However, he’s relatively new with AKC. He didn’t receive that honor until 2013.

3. The Rat Terrier is one of the select competitors with the AKC.

The Rat Terrier is one of the few breeds permitted by AKC to put their digging and hunting skills on display during Earthdog competitions. The object is to test how good the pups are at their job.

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The parents of the Toy Foxy Rat Terrier. Left: Rat Terrier, Right: Fox Terrier

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Temperament & Intelligence of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The Foxy Rat Terrier embodies many of the traits you’d expect to find in a terrier. He is alert and well aware of his surroundings, due to his job as a tracker of pests. This pup is active and intense in his work. Those are the characteristics that made him successful at it. The excitability extends to his vocalizations. This pooch has a lot to say about things.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Both parent breeds of the Foxy Rat Terrier have many of the qualities you can appreciate in a family pet. They are affectionate and friendly with just about anyone they meet. They are equally so with strangers to varying degrees. Early socialization is a must to make sure this dog remains sociable. You need to take charge of it when he is a puppy to make sure these good canine manners stick.

Does This Breed Get Along with Other Pets?

The Foxy Rat Terrier is relatively friendly with other canines. The more he interacts with other pups, the better. He does have a strong prey drive, which means he’ll chase the family cat if given a chance. Instinct drives this behavior. He’ll do best if he grows up with other pets in the family. They will work out the hierarchy among themselves.

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Things to Know When Owning a Foxy Rat Terrier:

By now, you have a good idea about what to expect with the Foxy Rat Terrier. He is true to his group with all the positive and negative traits that it will bring. Let’s drill down to some specifics. Knowing this information can help you foster a better relationship with your pet and ensure that he gets what he needs to stay healthy and happy.

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

Your food budget won’t break the bank with the Foxy Rat Terrier. His small size will see to that. However, there are a couple of caveats. First, you should feed your pup a food formulated for dogs of his size. They mature more quickly than larger breeds and need food that is nutrient-dense with enough calories to support this growth.

Second, it’s imperative that a dog of the size of the Foxy Rat Terrier not miss a meal. Otherwise, it puts him at risk of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. The reason rests with his metabolism, which is high because of his rate of development. With a high-quality diet, he’ll have the nutrients he must have to give him an excellent start in life. Keep an eye on his weight to make sure he doesn’t become obese.

Exercise 🐕

The Foxy Rat Terrier is an energetic and enthusiastic pup. That means he needs plenty of activity or playtime to keep him happy. You can make it more fun for both of you with a game of fetch. However, keep a close eye on your dog because of his strong prey drive. A passing squirrel is sure to catch the eye of this alert and intelligent pooch.

Training 🎾

Both parent breeds bring an eagerness to please to training. The Foxy Rat Terrier is an outgoing dog that will make the task easier than you may think. Of course, treats are an excellent way to motivate him if he needs any additional encouragement. We recommend getting him used to being on a lead early. This pup isn’t one you should let off-leash.

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Grooming ✂️

While the Foxy Rat Terrier does shed, he is easy to groom. Weekly brushing and an occasional bath are sufficient to keep his coat looking its best. Be sure to check his nails to see if they need trimming. We suggest handling his paws frequently so that you’ll have an easier time when you must do it. Also, examine his ears while you’re at it to nip any infections in the bud.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Both parent breeds are generally healthy, as you can see from the pup’s long lifespan. There are a few joint and skeletal issues, which medical screenings can help identify. Keeping up with routine veterinary care is the best way to keep your pooch in good shape. Prevention is the perfect way to ensure a happy pet.

Minor Conditions
  • Allergies
Serious Conditions
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Primary lens luxation (PLL)
  • Legg-Calves-Perthes

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You’ll have a delightful pet no matter whether you get a male or female Foxy Rat Terrier. Both will make loving companions. If you’re not going to breed your dog, we suggest getting your pooch neutered or spayed. Your veterinarian can help you decide when the time is right.

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Final Thoughts

The Foxy Rat Terrier packs a lot of energy and fun in a small package. This energetic pooch has a lot to offer with a charming personality to boot. The best way to keep your pet healthy and happy is plenty of exercise and bonding time with you. He’s a pup that loves his family and will lavish love and attention on everyone. With proper care, you’ll have a faithful companion for a long time.


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