An unmistakable recipe for fun: Take the sweetness of a lapdog. Mix with Terrier Tenacity. Pour the mixture into a beautifully balanced container. Wrap in a tight-fitting satin coat. Top with big, straight ears and deep eyes that sparkle with keen intelligence. This is the Toy Fox Terrier, a light but strong little comedian, standing about a foot tall, but full of enough charisma for an entire kennel of normal dogs. Fans of the breed like to say that TFT is actually a toy and a terrier.
In the early 20th century, American breeders of sleek fox terriers built toy fox terriers by crossing their litter runs with toy dogs, Chihuahua, and Italian greyhound. The result was the fire of a true terrier near a dog, but with an attractive toy-bred personality. They started out as barnyard ratters, but soon found their way to show business, where their shrewdness, grace and nifty look served them well as circus trick dogs. Today they perform at the championship levels in competitive agility.
The Toy Fox Terrier is actually a toy and a terrier and both have influenced his personality and character. As a terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier has deep intelligence, courage and animation. As a toy he is small, and devoted to his master with an endless lasting love. The Toy Fox Terrier is a well-balanced toy dog of athletic appearance that displays grace and agility in equal measure with strength and endurance. His burnt fleshy body has a smooth, elegant outline that gives the impression of effortless speed and endless endurance. He is naturally well-groomed, proud, animated and alert. Characteristic traits are his elegant head, his short shiny and predominantly white coat, with a predominantly solid head, and his short high-set tail.
The gestation period in lasts for 60-64 days The primary period of the reproductive cycle of the female is called Proestrus and goes on for around 9 days. During this time the females begin to draw in males. The subsequent part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive to the male. It goes on for around 3 to 11 days. The third part is the Diestrus. Usually, it happens around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for distinctive red and reaching its end. The vulva gets back to average, and she will no longer allow mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time span between heat periods ordinarily keeps going around a half year. The litter size ranges between 6 to 8 puppies at a time’
Early socialization and puppy training classes are recommended for all dogs and help ensure that the toy fox terrier becomes a well-adjusted, well-behaved companion. Housebreaking may involve simply training the puppy to go outside, or training him to use potty pads indoors, which can be very helpful for traveling or during inclement weather conditions. . Toy Fox Terriers are content and capable of any kind of activity in the sun (or on the couch), from hunting to obedience. They are naturally extroverted and highly intelligent, providing training, which includes home training, a breeze.
Quick, alert and athletic, the Toy Fox Terrier loves running and roaming. They like to hang out, run and go hiking when given the chance. On “vacation days”, they cheer on the lap in the living room! Children are especially attracted by the endless energy and enthusiasm for this dog’s lifetime of play, but as with all toy breeds, they are not recommended for young children. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment, although they like to hang out.
The Toy Fox Terrier should perform well on high quality dog food, whether it is commercially manufactured or prepared at home with the supervision and approval of your vet. Any diet should be appropriate for the age of the dog (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are at risk of being overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight levels. Treatment training can be an important aid, but giving too much can lead to obesity. Know which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not. Contact your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet. Clean, fresh water must be available at all times.
Obesity is a serious problem for Toy Fox Terriers. Healthy diet and exercise are essential. Responsible breeders will examine their stock for health conditions such as patellar laxation and eye disease. The dog’s anal glands should be examined frequently, and teeth should be regularly looked after.
Recommended health tests from the National Breed Club: