Originally created as smaller versions of their larger Smooth Fox Terrier dog breed ancestors, Toy Fox Terriers have been used for a variety of tasks, serving as ratters on farms and as hunters of small game such as squirrel.
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Pet owners and farmers have been fond of Smooth Fox Terriers for many years. The American farmer, for instance, was in search of a "runt" or smaller animal to exterminate rodents, and crossed the smaller fox terriers with toy dog breeds such as the Toy Machester Terrier, Italian Greyhound, and Chihuahua in the early 20th century. This resulted in a smaller variety of the Smooth Fox Terrier with some notable differences -- its fiery nature was slightly mellowed, for example. Pet owners, meanwhile, saw the Toy Fox Terrier as an enjoyable little companion and an excellent entertainer.
2) Circus Dog
In the early 1900s the Toy Fox Terrier, often still referred to as the Smooth Fox Terrier at that time, was often used as a circus dog because of their small size, athletic ability and natural intelligence. They love to be the center of attention and were considered to be the center stage in many of the old style three ring circus that traveled from town to town.
This agile, athletic, and graceful breed has incredible stamina and strength to play throughout the day. Its gait is effortless and smooth, while its white, chocolate and/or tan coat is silky and short, making it perfect for cuddling. The Toy Fox Terrier also possesses the hunting traits of the Smooth Fox Terrier, making it essentially a miniature version of the Smooth Fox Terrier.
The Toy Fox Terrier can entertain people for hours and when in need of a break, it is happy to find a warm lap. The breed is highly devoted to its owner and family, however, and does not enjoy socializing with strangers initially. Always the trickster, the Toy Fox Terrier has an abundance of energy and intelligence, but the tendency to "show off." It enjoys inspecting cabinets, the yard, and other unexplored places. And while the Toy Fox Terrier makes the perfect companion for cautious older children, it cannot tolerate the rough-housing of small children.
Like all terriers, he has an endless desire to be digging, barking, and investigating. The Toy Fox Terrier frequently becomes a nuisance barker, and he can be aggressive towards other dogs, no matter what their size. When it comes to encounters with larger dogs, he must be protected from himself. His territoriality and noise level make him a good watchdog, however.
Because he’s small, the Toy Fox Terrier fits well in any home, but if you live in an apartment or condo, his noisy nature and high activity level should give you pause if you won’t be home during the day to keep him entertained. Toy Fox Terriers love attention and do best with people who can spend a significant amount of time with them daily.
7) Thin Skin
With their thin skin, Toy Fox Terriers like their comforts. Besides cuddling in a lap or snuggling under bedding, they’ll want a sweater to keep them warm whenever they’re exposed to prolonged cool or cold temperatures.
He’s smart and learns quickly, but he can also be stubborn and easily bored. Keep training sessions short and fun or he’ll rapidly lose interest. And expect him to put his own spin on whatever you’re trying to teach.
The Toy Fox Terrier loves a soft warm bed or a lap. Because it is not an outdoor breed, coat care remains simple. It should, however, be provided with a daily exercise routine and sufficient playmates. Fortunately, a small area and some toys make for an excellent playground. The dog tends to bark and dig when it does not get sufficient training, attention, and exercise.
The Toy Fox Terrier, which has a lifespan of 13 to 14 years, is prone to minor health concerns such as patellar luxation, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter, Legg-Calve-Perthes, and demodicosis. In addition, von Willebrand's Disease is occasionally seen in the Toy Fox Terrier. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may run knee, thyroid, and DNA tests on the dog.