Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): American Toy Terrier; Amertoy; TFT
The smaller the dog, the bigger the attitude. That's what breeders of the Smooth Fox Terriers discovered when the 1876 English breed standard was set for a dog weighing 18 to 20 pounds. Siince the runts often appeared to be the scrappiest animals, it seemed worthwhile to use them to develop a separate Toy Fox Terrier. There's a lot to love about the result-- a small toy who loves to be held but who retains the curious, active, and even comical sense of humor of its bigger cousins. If a Smooth Fox Terrier is a bit much for your home, maybe the TFT is the logical choice.
The AKC accepted the Toy Fox Terrier as a full breed in 2003.
Appearance / health:
The Toy Fox is a small dog with a muscular body.
They need to be bathed occasionally and when necessary. The toenails need to be trimmed periodically. They shed less, and can be brushed occasionally.
Their exercise requirements are minimal. A daily walk or two is all that is required to keep them fit.
The Toy Fox Terrier is generally a tough breed but their large ears are highly susceptible to frost bite. Proper care is to be taken to keep them away from extreme cold. They are also found to be prone to demodectic mange (a skin disease caused by a tiny mite, which causes hair loss), patellar luxation (dislocation of the kneecap), Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (where the head of the femur deteriorates). Health conditions like Von Willebrand's Disease (a bleeding disorder with similar characteristics to hemophilia), and congenital hypothyroidism with goiter (causes a swelling on the underside of the neck) are also seen among this breed.
Behavior / temperament:
Their high intelligence makes it easy to train them, and they aren't quite as much of a challenge as the larger terriers. They love to spend a lot of time with their family, with a mix of active exercise and the ability to snuggle up. They're considered to be average barkers.
bed bug potential, toy size, Perfect Family Pet, cuddling, watch dogs
legs, high energy, strangers, constant battle, small children
small terrier, chasing squirrels, little selfabsorbed attitude
The Toy Fox Terrier, Almost Perfect Family Pet
I have always been extremely fond of terriers big and small for their intellect. They are among the smartest dogs I have ever encountered. A common backfire, however, to having the smartest terrier on the block is that they can develop quite the little self-absorbed attitude about it. Unlike, say, the golden retriever, a terrier KNOWS it's smart(and thinks it's big! Oh my!) They can get quite feisty and even demanding with their owners if left unchecked. That's why I love the Toy Fox. They were bred from Fox Terriers and Chihuahuas which give them their diminutive size and their kind, human-loving personality, and our well-loved canine is smart enough to learn simple a new trick with one or two brief training sessions. They have all the train-ability of the terrier group and all of the bed bug potential of the Chihuahua. They are also slightly less active, so they may not wear you out as quickly on walks as a small terrier. Another added plus to the Toy Fox Terrier is their lovely markings. Our family jokes about Pixie's "war paint" because of her beautifully detailed facial features.
As a former dog groomer, I especially appreciate a dog with a short, flat coat. It's okay to want the furry ones, but always remember, caring for a long coat is time consuming and expensive. Brushing for long haired dogs must be done at least weekly, and I feel like a professional grooming visit is necessary monthly unless you can groom the dog yourself. Believe me, that is much harder than you think! Don't jump in and try to start grooming your new dog with your new grooming tools yourself! Be aware of grooming costs in your area. It can vary by location, but the least you'll probably be paying $40.00 per visit, and that's just for a small dog like a Yorkshire Terrier. Larger dogs will likely be over $80.00 per visit. Also, be prepared to pay a 'bad behavior' fee. In fact, it's a good idea to take your long haired puppy to the groomer's right away to get them used to the process. An under-groomed dog runs the risk of becoming so difficult to groom, every groomer in town will turn you away. At which point you will be left with no option but to put the dog under anesthesia every month and have it done at the vet's office. It's not great for the lifespan of your dog, and will prevent you from keeping all the cutest hairstyles. (Tip: The best groomers will use a forced air dryer and not a kennel dryer, and will grind toenails with a dremel tool instead of using guillotine clippers. They will also offer your dog water during the groom, even if it puts your dog at risk for "messing up the hair.").
From sniktbiff Oct 21 2014 11:13AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 56 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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