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Toy Fox Terrier - Appearance & Grooming

Source: PetWave, Updated on July 16, 2015
Toy Fox Terrier


The Toy Fox Terrier is an athletic little dog with a short, glossy coat. They are squarely proportioned with a level topline and refined head with a moderate stop. The dark eyes are round and prominent, the nose is black and the V-shaped ears are set close together, high atop the head. The high-set tail is customarily docked to the third or fourth joint. The Toy Fox's body should be mostly white, and may come in several combinations of color including tricolor,white and tan, white and black or sometimes white, chocolate and tan.

Size and Weight

Adult Toy Fox Terriers should stand from 8.5 to 11.5 inches at the shoulder, with 9 to 11 inches being the ideal for either sex. Females may be slightly longer than they are tall, but males should be squarely proportioned. They typically weigh between 3.5 and 7 pounds.

Coat and Color

The Toy Fox Terrier wears a short, fine coat of smooth hair that is slightly longer at the ruff. The Toy Fox's body should be mostly white, and may come in several combinations of color including tricolor (mostly white body with mostly black head with tan markings on cheecks, lips and eyes), white and tan (mostly white body, mostly tan head), white and black (mostly white body with mostly black head) or white, chocolate and tan. White, chocolate and tan is not recognized in the UKC but is recognized in the AKC and the CKC.

Grooming Needs

Toy Fox Terriers are a snap to groom. Brush at least once per week to remove loose or dead hair, and keep shedding to a minimum. Bathe as needed, which can be from six to eight weeks, depending on the individual dog.

Check the ears on a weekly basis for signs of infection, irritation, or wax build up. Cleanse regularly with a veterinarian-approved cleanser and cotton ball. Brush the teeth at least once per week to prevent tartar buildup and fight gum disease. Additionally, nails should be trimmed once per month if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally.

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