Due to its characteristics and qualities, the Toy Fox Terrier demonstrated the desired traits of a Ratter and Lapdog and is known by its nick name the "AmerToy". The origin of the Toy Fox Terrier dog breed was in United States where it was developed in the 1800's.
Toy Fox Terrier Breed Group and Dog Type - Toy Dog Group (AKC:2003): The Toy Fox Terrier is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Toy Dog Group (AKC:2003).
Other names for the Toy Fox Terrier: The Toy Fox Terrier is known by the nickname of the "AmerToy". Other names for this breed of dog include the Amertoy, American Toy Terrier and Miniature Fox Terrier.
Origin of the name "Toy Fox Terrier": The origin of the word 'terrier' is derived from the Latin word 'terra' meaning "earth" as so many of the terrier breeds were originally bred and trained as hunting dogs to pursue their prey, such as rats, foxes, squirrels and badgers into their burrows and bolt holes.
Toy Fox Terrier History and Origin: The country of origin of the Toy Fox Terrier breed was in United States during the 1800's and is one of the few terriers that were developed outside the United Kingdom. The Toy Fox Terrier is an 'All-American' dog and is also referred to as the American Toy Terrier. The breed was developed as a cross between the Smooth Fox Terrier and various toy breeds such as the Italian Greyhound, the Chihuahua and the Manchester Terrier.
The first Smooth Fox Terriers were taken to the U.S. during the 1870's. English immigrants, attracted to the ideals of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness", travelled on steamships to America, some taking their dogs with them. The dogs were excellent ratters and soon appeared on the farms (farmers were 49% of the labor force at this time) and valued for keeping the levels of vermin down in their barns and storehouses away from the corn and wheat.
The Toy Fox Terrier had its beginnings as the 'runts' of litters born to Smooth Fox Terriers. The runts were the smallest animals of a litter and were so appealing that breeders decided to create a totally new breed of dog by crossing them with Toy breeds. The Toy Fox Terrier was quickly accepted as a family pet and it retained its ability as a rat catcher.
Time moved on and the intelligence, trainability and appeal of the Toy Fox Terrier attracted the attention of the travelling circus shows. The agile Toy Fox Terrier was often used as a circus dog, most often performing tricks with clowns and some were even trained to walked tightropes and ride on horses. The need for their role as a ratter decreased in the 1900's and, unlike the Toy Fox Terrier, the circus shows fell out of favor. The popularity of the diminutive Toy Fox Terrier increased as people took them to their hearts as a much loved family pet.
Toy Fox Terrier Modern History: The modern history of the Toy Fox Terrier moved on and many of these clever canines are used to assist handicapped, especially deaf people around the home. The Toy Fox Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2003.
Toy Fox Terrier Height: This breed is classified as a small sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 10 inches (25 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is slightly less.
Toy Fox Terrier Weight: The weight of this small sized dog, in a male dog is 3.5 - 7 pounds (1.5 - 3 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is slightly less than the male.
Toy Fox Terrier Coat Type - LOW shedding coat: The coat type is described as a short, shiny, smooth, fine coat.
Toy Fox Terrier Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed consist of assorted colors consisting of White & Tan, Tri-color, Black & White and White & Chocolate.
Toy Fox Terrier Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The dog grooming needs of the Toy Fox Terrier are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited dog grooming needs of the Toy Fox Terrier are therefore considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming with casual brushing and combing. Dog Grooming needs should also include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the eyes, ears, nails and teeth.
Toy Fox Terrier Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 2-6 puppies. Toy Fox Terrier puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Toy Fox Terrier puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Toy Fox Terrier Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Faithful, Spirited, Loyal, Alert and Chirpy.
Toy Fox Terrier Exercise Requirements - LOW Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is low. The Toy Fox Terrier requires daily exercise consisting of approximately 30 minutes every day. This small dog has a smooth, flowing gait with small strides and only requires a fairly slow speed by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements. Remember that it would take a lot of extra steps by your dog to keep up with your normal walking pace.
Toy Fox Terrier Diet: A fully grown Toy Fox Terrier should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Toy Fox Terrier Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Toy Fox Terrier breed include Allergies, Hip Dysplasia . Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Toy Fox Terrier dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Toy Fox Terrier Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Toy Fox Terrier breed is 13-14 years.
Toy Fox Terrier Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Toy Fox Terrier breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Toy Fox Terrier names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Tripp *** Star *** Ranger *** Murphy *** Riot *** Max *** Logan *** River *** Tango *** Salsa.
Toy Fox Terrier Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Toy Fox Terrier names are Peachy *** Roxie *** Scarlett *** Ruby *** Nova *** Skye *** Tally *** Lacie *** Jenna *** Ellie.