Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Fox Terrier

Loyal, Entertaining, Intelligent

Toy Fox Terriers, also known as “TFT”, are feisty and fun-loving, curious at heart, and will spend hours investigating the yard and places you never knew existed. This breed loves to play with toys and people, however, they do not tolerate inconsiderate handling.

Toy Fox Terrier

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Breed Profile

Height

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  • 8.5 -11.5 inches

Weight

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  • 4 – 7 lbs.

Lifetime

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  • 13 – 14 years

Health Risk

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Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)

What is it?

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), is a group of degenerative diseases that generally affects photoreceptor cells. The cells degenerate over time in this condition, eventually resulting in blindness. The rod cells degenerate first causing night vision to be affected before daytime vision, but eventually, the cone cells also degenerate, leading to complete blindness.

% Of dogs affected

5%-8%

Clinical signs

  • Getting reluctant to go into dark rooms
  • Bumping into an object when the lights are dim
  • Dilated pupils
  • Difficulty seeing in bright light
  • Unable to follow hand signals/commands

Treatment

Some treatments may include surgery and prescription medication. 

Average Vet Bill

$2000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $1800

80% = $1600

70% = $1400

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Legg-Calve-Perthes

What is it?

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a rare yet dangerous disease that causes hip discomfort and lameness. Its origin is currently unknown.

% Of dogs affected

1-5%

Clinical signs

Legg-Calve-Perthes disease typically shows up in small dog breeds, striking when dogs are just months old. It occurs when the ball at the top of the femur loses its blood supply and breaks down inside the hip joint

Treatment

The only solutions are an invasive surgery to remove the ball of the femur—or a total hip replacement—which is expensive and traumatic for the dog.

Average Vet Bill

$4000

Amount a Spot accident & illness plan would cover*


90% = $3600

80% = $3200

70% = $2800

*Hypothetical reimbursement examples illustrate reimbursement of an eligible vet bill at the noted reimbursement rate, assuming the annual deductible had already been met.

Personality

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Loyal

They are fiercely loyal and make excellent watchdogs. They make a great companion and show immense affection to their owners

Entertaining

They can entertain you for hours as the TFT has been a successful circus dog performer. 

Intelligent

These are highly energetic and intelligent dogs that can be trained quickly and can adapt to apartment life Their intelligence helps them to do well in obedience and agility competition.

Lifetime Care

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Coat

This breed has short, fine, and smooth coats which are perfect for caressing

Colors

Four main color combinations: white, chocolate and tan; white and tan; and white and black.

Hypoallergenic

No

Grooming

The breed requires just simple grooming and requires little upkeep. The dog’s smooth, short coat only minimally sheds, thus brushing is required once a week to remove dead hairs and maintain the coat looking healthy and lustrous. As with all dogs, brushing your terrier’s teeth will help to avoid dental illness.

Training

These dogs learn quickly with reward base method and are always eager to please. TFT should be trained in basic obedience and to socialise from an early stage. Although they may be territorial toward strange dogs passing or approaching their property. They need the opportunity to exercise their mind and body, but they can do so in a small area. 

Without sufficient attention, exercise, and training, they can dig and bark.

One of the select few breeds that may be referred to as “All American” is the Toy Fox Terrier (TFT), which was created in the United States. To establish breed size, little Smooth Fox Terriers were crossed with a number of toy breeds, such as Chihuahuas and Manchester Terriers.

The Toy Fox Terrier has been used in a wide range of activities, including ratting on farms and hunting small animals like squirrels. This active small dog adores going on the hunt. This breed is a loving, smart and trainable dog. Dogs should be treated with kindness by children, but in a way that the dog regards the child as his leader. Almost everyone who meets this happy dog will grin because of its exuberant, puppy-like behavior.

Toy Fox Terrier: Introduction to the Breed

Despite being physically little, the Toy Fox Terrier is a strong, petite terrier that possesses all of the fervor of its Fox Terrier ancestors. The breed is strong and intelligent, but without adequate direction from his owners, he may become stubborn.

Toy Fox Terrier is best suited for:

It’s best suited for families who can handle the dog well as this breed do cannot tolerate excess rough handling, small children need to learn how to handle this dog if you decide to make this pooch a part of your family. The Toy Fox Terrier is suitable for living in apartments. It thrives indoors and can survive without a yard. It cannot endure the cold. To keep warm, one should wear a coat in the winter. While the dog shares great affection with family they are independent at the same time and can keep themselves active with toys around.

Things to watch out for before deciding to own a Toy Fox Terrier

  • Their instinct to chase small animals needs to be supervised if outdoors off-leash without a fence.
  • They may not do well with smaller pets in the household such as hamsters, mice, and gerbils.
  • They occasionally test other dogs that are much bigger than themselves despite the fact that they are small dogs and are unaware of it. It’s best to interact with larger dogs under supervision.
  • TFT puppy may appear adorable on the outside, but underneath may be a tyrannical heart. Early training will help your puppy become a dependable and well-behaved family member.

What should a Toy Fox Terrie eat?

Like any dog, your toy fox terrier needs high-quality food and a diet with the right quantity of sizes. For best health, feed biologically suitable proteins, healthy fats, ground bones, and vegetables that are rich in vital vitamins and minerals. 

Are toy fox terriers affectionate?

Toy fox terriers are pleasant, lively, affectionate, and like pleasing their owners. While most dogs crave human touch and affection, TFTs are naturally independent and might need their own space. 

Conclusion

TFT are loyal, fun-loving dogs who will keep you entertained throughout. A superb watchdog will alert you to the approach of guests and strangers, as well as to all the goings-on in the neighborhood. If trained properly these dogs can socialize well both indoors and outdoors. If you’re ready to welcome a pup that brings a smile to your face and has sparkling eyes that makes your day terriers, then they are the perfect match for you. 

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