Toy Fox Terrier Dogs – Care and Training

Small Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier

This toy breed dog is directly descended from the larger Fox Terrier, but considered a separate breed.

Hypoallergenic: No

Life span: 13 – 14 years

Height: 8.5 – 11 in. (At Shoulder)

Origin: United States of America

Temperament: Loyal, Playful, Intelligent, Friendly, Spirited, Alert

Colors: Tri-color, Black & White, White & Tan, White & Chocolate



Toy Fox Terriers are active and inquisitive hunters. They are smart and intelligent, need attention and understanding and will reward their owners with love and affection.


They make wonderful family pets, they like children (although they are best suited to children 7 years and above) and are generally friendly to everyone they meet.



They can, however, often be aggressive to other dogs or, in fact, to other animals of any size.

Although small in stature, measuring approximately 8.5 in. to 11 in at the shoulder, in their own minds they are much larger! ​​ My Toy Fox is only 5 pounds and is submissive; wouldn’t hurt a fly…

Toy Fox Terrier care and grooming is similar to that for many short-haired dogs. They will require regular brushing and bathing and their toenails need to be checked from time to time, however, since they are such an active dog their toenails tend to stay short. As with all dogs, a toy fox terrier’s ears may require cleaning on a regular basis.

Your toy fox terrier will require a securely fenced yard and will need to be walked on a leash. Due to their inquisitive nature they are likely to get into mischief if let out alone.

Toy Fox Terriers were bred to be hunting dogs and their instinct is to work alone, unsupervised by man. This can make toy fox terrier training an interesting experience! Training needs to be positive and fun; they are quick to pick up new things and do not respond to negative treatment. Because they have been bred to work alone they do not require constant approval as adult dogs, although as puppies they require a great deal of attention and will not like to be left alone during the day.

You can expect your toy fox terrier to live a long and healthy life – often to 14 years or more. They are strong and seldom get ill if properly cared for.

Your toy fox terrier will consider itself to be a part of the family and will want to be with you wherever you are and whatever you are doing!

Be sure to get your Toy Fox Terrier dog some toys of its own to play with. ​​ This can add a lot of fun and happiness to its life, but more importantly, getting the dog involved in family activities will have a positive effect on its mental state and happiness, not to mention wearing out all that energy!

They love to be taken for walks or a run along the beach. They get to look at a different environments and interact with strangers and other dogs.

This social interaction is very important for the overall well being of your fox terrier dog and it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis.


Any time spent with your terrier dog, whether it is training or just enjoying playtime, is great for building a long and happy relationship.


More great information on the breed can be found here Toy Fox Terrier Review



What experience have you had with a Toy Fox Terrier? Please share your stories below.

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  • Hi Tammy,

    My dad had 2 Fox terriers and they were just the funniest dogs. One of them, Jinxy, I swear had 2 different personalities! Haha. One day she would be all quiet and almost sleepy the next day she would be roaming around like a guard dog barking at anything that moved! Crazy dog.

    Again you are so thorough with your articles. Thanks again for a great post on Foxy’s.


  • Penelope

    A 5lb dog, wow! I have a 13 lb cat and it’s hard to imagine dogs much smaller than her. but I do understand how practical it can be to have a smaller dog, and as you said, these smaller breeds tend to live longer than the large ones. Thanks for the great introduction to toy fox terriers.

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