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
Probably the most useful supplement of all
Omega3 acids have been shown to help in many health conditions, the most for these 5:
- Inflammatory skin disorders (including allergies)
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Renal disease
- Cognitive function and neurological health
You should use them even if your dog doesn't have any pressing health issues, especially if your dog doesn't get enough of them from a diet.
In order to get the therapeutic effect you need to dose them correctly, for this you need to consult your vet, so they can recommend the dose and product you should use.
Keep in mind this is not a short-term treatment, omega3 fatty acids have a buildup period of 6-8 weeks before they reach high enough concentrations in your dogs body, and they need to be used all the time, if you make a pause, then you need a buildup period again, and your dogs health might deteriorate if it benefited from omega 3 supplementation.
To sum up:
- Consult your vet about the dose.
- Use products that contain both EPA and DHA in highest concentration possible and right ratio.
- Don't use on and off but permanently..
From Vuk Ignjic DVM 259 days ago
The importance of socialization
As it is for us human beings, socializing in the early stages of our lives is extremely important for our growth and self esteem. The most important thing is to make sure that your puppy has had enough socialization and to ensure that it wasn’t taken away too soon from his litter. Often puppies, especially when for sale, are taken away from their mother and siblings way too soon. If this is not your case and your puppy was brought up following the right guidelines, make sure to provide him with the right amount of socialization time. One of the most effective ways to do so is to take him to a puppy day care. Here your puppy will be followed and looked after by a team of experts and dog trainers. Depending on the set up and environment of the day care, I recommend a minimum age of 3 months when you first bring your puppy to day care. Very important is to take it easy at the beginning: once or twice a week, for the first month at least, should be enough for your puppy, in order to give him time to adapt and get used to the day care. Most puppies will love it and they will learn from other dogs, with help of the trainers, with regard to how to behave, play and have fun. .
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