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Toy Fox Terrier (TFT)


Toy Fox Terrier


General Description:

Developed in the USA in the 1930’s by crossing the Smooth Fox Terrier, English Toy Terriers, Chihuahuas and Italian Greyhound and was first used for hunting rats.

The tail is docked short and carried high. The eyes are dark and round. The ears are v-shaped and erect. A definite stop separates the domed skull from the small narrow muzzle. The hair is short and thick.



The TFT may be physically small (4 – 7 pounds) but this is a robust little terrier that retains all the passion of its Fox Terrier ancestors. The breed thinks he is big!



The coat is white with black and tan or tan markings. (Other colors do occur.)


Energy Level:

They are tough and bright, but stubborn. They are intelligent, loving, sensitive and pleasant. They are very alert, inquisitive and quick. This is a companion dog that has not forgotten its ancient terrier instincts and will therefore fight mice and small animals. While the TFT’s energy level can be high it also loves to snuggle when appropriate. The TFT’s are not big yappers but will bark to “sound the alarm”. TFT’s are very active dogs, however they will pretty much take care of their own exercise needs.


Life expectancy:

13 to 14 years



They may be “skiddish” and take awhile to warm up to strangers but once they do they are friendly with children and adults but they are not recommended for small children due to their tiny, fragile size.


Other animals:

The TFT tolerates other animals but tends to be somewhat standoffish when first confronted.



This athletic little dog loves the hunt and is affectionate and very loyal. This breed is an exceptionally intelligent, trainable dog. Some have been trained to assist handicapped people around the home. It has proven to be an excellent hearing dog for the deaf. It can be trained to take its human companion to the sources of sounds, such as the telephone.



The TFT is easy to groom and is a light shedder. Occasionally comb and brush the smooth coat. Keep the nails short.



This is a fairly healthy breed; but is subject to some typical Toy problems. Some dogs are allergic to beet pulp (this is fairly common). Also corn and wheat.


Best with:

Adults/older children who will be active participants in keeping this feisty fun loving dog active.


Not for:

Small children or rough handling.



Curious and active, the TFT keeps its young spirit throughout its life. This happy dog is sure to bring smiles to the faces of nearly all who meet it, due to its energetic and forever youthful antics.



Somewhat fragile and may be hurt or injured by rough handling.


Further Information:

“Toy Fox Terrier” by Richard Beauchamp or “Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds” by D. Caroline Coile.
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