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.").
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Hard e-collars are THE best way to prevent your pet from messing up their incision site
Hard e-collars are very effective at keeping dogs' mouths off their incision sites. These are the cheapest and most effective way of reducing incision site complications. I send every surgery patient home with an e-collar. These surgical procedures are often performed on younger patients that are very prone to trying to lick their incision sites..
From Rachel_Muur_DVM 4 days ago
Counter conditioning works on changing a dog’s emotional response to another dog approaching his food. Although guarding food is a normal behaviour, it doesn’t mean you have to accept it because it can lead to dangerous situations. How can you have one dog feel happy instead of aggressive when another dog is getting food next to him? If two people work on this at a time, and both dogs are on leash far enough apart, you can give a treat to the docile dog and immediately after to the aggressive one, until you notice that the latter is anticipating a food treat when the docile gets one. Once you see that the aggressive dog starts looking happy and relaxed, move the dogs closer.
Counter conditioning and desensitization techniques are frequently used together.
You can desensitize your dog by gradually exposing him to its triggers and creating positive associations with them. Give your dog a reward when exposing him to his "menace". if your dog is triggered by another dog being fed near him or a person approaching to his plate, sit with your dog while the other dog is in view. When your dog is calm, reward him with a tasty treat.
If any of these does not work, specialists are the right people to handle the problem.
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