Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Group

Toy Fox Terrier dog standing in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

8.5-11.5 in

Weight

3.5-7 lbs

Life Expectancy

13-15 yrs

History

The Toy Fox Terrier originated in the United States in the early 20th century. They were bred down from Smooth Fox Terriers with some toy breeds, possibly Chihuahua and Toy Manchester Terrier, thrown into the mix. Over the years, Toy Fox Terriers have found work as ratters, hunters of small prey (often carried around in hunters' saddle bags), and even as circus performers. They were especially skilled at performing acrobatics and walking the tightrope. Today, they are a popular companion breed that shares the personality of a terrier and the charm of a toy dog.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Toy Fox Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Highly intelligent, eager to please, and easy to train

Have a "big dog personality" and might try to act tough around much bigger dogs

Very family-oriented and want to be involved in everything

Loyal and protective of family, making them great watchdogs

Energy level varies across individuals, ranging from couch potato to rambunctious