Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed

The Toy Fox Terrier is agile, athletic and graceful.
By: PawCulture Editors
Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed

About the Toy Fox Terrier Dog Breed

The Toy Fox Terrier is a spunky little ball of energy whose mischievous nature and sharp wit lend to its playfulness. Owners of this breed require not only stamina but patience; in return, they are rewarded by the companionship of these spritely pups.

Toy Fox Terrier Physical Characteristics

This agile, athletic and graceful breed has incredible stamina and strength to play throughout the day. 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 breed can be seen in white, chocolate and/or tan


Silky and short

Toy Fox Terrier Personality and Temperament

Activity Level



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.

Things to Consider

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.

Toy Fox Terrier Care

Ideal Living Conditions

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. 

Special Requirements

The breed tends to bark and dig when it does not get sufficient training, attention and exercise.

Toy Fox Terrier Health

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 (vWD) is occasionally seen in the breed. To identify some of these issues, a veterinarian may run knee, thyroid and DNA tests on the dog.

Toy Fox Terrier History and Background

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.

The smallest of the crossbreeding efforts were eventually organized as one breed and recognized as the Smooth Fox Terrier by the United Kennel Club in 1936. The Toy Fox Terrier would not be recognized by name until 2003, when it was registered by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Prior to that, it was a popular non-AKC breed in the United States.