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Fox Terrier (Smooth)

Toy Fox Terrier Information
Lifespan
The Toy Fox Terrier gives birth to 2 to 6 pups. The breed has a relatively long lifespan of 12-15 years. Classified as a toy breed, the Toy Fox Terrier only grows to roughly 11.5 inches and weighs only 7 lbs. at the most.
Temperament
The Toy Fox Terrier is at heart, a terrier. The primary word used to describe this breed is “lively.” The Toy Fox Terrier always wants to be in the middle of the action and know what is going on. They are curious and inquisitive, and considered to be one of the more affectionate Terrier breeds.
The Toy Fox Terrier possesses the fearlessness and confidence of the Terrier, but is also loving and companionable. They bond well with people and enjoy being with their favorite humans. They like attention, and though small, consider themselves to be a “big dog.” The Toy Fox Terrier has a mind of its own, and will consider itself an equal member of the family. It will want to join in on car rides, activities, and other family time. It will even insist on its own place on the couch or the bed.
The Toy Fox Terrier is said to do well with older children. The breed is okay with younger children who are well behaved and understand the dog’s boundaries, but is not recommended for “grabby” toddlers. It is considered to be an excellent breed for first time dog owners.
The Toy Fox Terrier will exhibit puppy-like behavior well into adulthood. The breed is active and playful, and enjoys walks and play sessions. If left alone, the dog will seek out its toys or find something to play with. It can entertain itself, but should not be by itself for extended periods of time, as this can lead to separation anxiety and negative behavior.
Bred as both a toy breed and a hunting dog, the Toy Fox Terrier is highly trainable. The dog is extremely intelligent and can learn multiple commands. This is a breed often featured in circus acts and in television and film, as it is capable of learning a great variety of tricks. The Toy Fox Terrier thrives on mental stimulation, and excels in agility and higher level obedience classes.
For a time, the Toy Fox Terrier was used as a hunting dog. It would ride in the saddlebags of the hunter and be released to chase down foxes. Though it is not used in hunting as much, it is valued on farms as dog capable of digging and flushing out vermin and other small animals.
The Toy Fox Terrier is also an excellent watchdog. It is somewhat protective of its people, and will definitely sound the alarm if it feels it is necessary. That being said, the Toy Fox Terrier is prone to barking at pretty much anything, moving or not. This is an important trait to address in training, as it can be tempered with behavior modification.
As stated before, this little dog considers itself to be “big.” It may show aggression towards larger dogs, especially males. The Toy Fox Terrier can get along with other dogs and animals with proper socialization, though it may need to be watched with cats and smaller pets. As a hunting dog trained to run down smaller animals, it may be tempted to give chase.
Care
The Toy Fox Terrier has a coat that is short and fine. The fur is glossy and longer at the ruff. This breed is low maintenance in regards to grooming. They only require weekly brushings to remove dead hair, and bathing is “as needed.” The ears on this breed will need to be checked for signs of infection, and it is important to check the eyes for discharge as well. The ears, eyes, and face can be wiped down with a soft, damp, towel. Nails will need to be trimmed occasionally, and regular dental care is recommended.
The Toy Fox Terrier is a healthy and hardy toy breed, though it can be affected by certain health ailments. Food and skin allergies are common in terrier breeds, though this can be controlled with changes in diet or vet recommended treatment. Toy Fox Terriers are can also have hemophilia, a hereditary blood disease that is controllable. Like many other purebred dogs, the Toy Fox Terrier can be affected by joint problems and some minor eye ailments.
The Toy Fox Terrier does require regular exercise to keep it stimulated and in shape. While the breed will do well running around or playing in the yard, it may benefit from planned activities, such as games of fetch or long walks. A fenced in yard or leash is recommended when the breed is outdoors, as it does show aggression towards bigger, male dogs and it may want to chase smaller animals.
Training should begin early with this breed. Terriers are typically independent and somewhat stubborn, so training will require some consistency and patience. However, the Toy Fox Terrier is eager to please and enjoys new challenges, so it is capable of learning a variety of skills. The Toy Fox Terrier excels in agility and advanced obedience classes, and these may be a worthwhile pursuit for both pet and owner.
Owning a Toy Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier pups should be purchased from a reputable breeder. The breeder should be able to explain their breeding methods and provide information about the bloodline and health history of the dog a potential owner is purchasing. It is not recommended that these dogs be purchased from pet stores or online, as toy breeds can often be subject to puppy mills and overbreeding. For the health of the dog and the hope of successful pet ownership, the breeder should be well researched.
Despite their reputation as an excellent dog for first time pet owners and an all-around great dog, Toy Fox Terriers do end up in shelters and with rescue organizations. This breed can be re-trained and re-homed successfully.

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