Fox Terriers are very elegant, smart and stylish little dogs. This breed has a flat, tapering, narrow skull, and ears that fold forward making “V” shaped flaps. It is bold and energetic. It is an affectionate, cheerful and brave little dog; which makes an excellent family pet.
There are three varieties of this breed: Smooth, Wirehaired and the American Toy Terrier or Amertoy. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier is dressed in a wiry white coat with black or brown markings. The Toy Fox Terrier may be physically small, but this is a robust little terrier that retains all the passion of its Fox Terrier ancestors.
White with black or brown markings.
The short coat of the Smooth Fox Terrier is easy to groom. Brush with a firm bristle brush, and bathe or dry shampoo when necessary. This breed is an average shedder. If your Wirehaired Fox Terrier will be a pet, you can get away with brushing it with a firm bristle brush and bathing only when necessary. To keep your Wirehaired Fox Terrier’s coat looking best, it must be stripped several times a year and more frequently for show dogs. The Wirehaired Fox Terrier sheds little to no hair and is good for allergy sufferers. The Amertoy is a light shedder. Occasionally comb and brush the smooth coat.
Deafness may be a problem in predominantly white dogs. Some minor concerns are: post nasal drip, lens luxation, distichiasis, cataracts, Legg-Perthes, and shoulder dislocation. The Toy Fox Terrier is a fairly healthy breed; however, some are prone to legg calve perthes and stifle, which are typical Toy problems. Some dogs are allergic to beet pulp (this is fairly common), also corn, and wheat.
The Fox Terrier is enthusiastically playful especially with children, but has been known to bite. This dog is a lovable dynamo; it is scrappy and impulsive. It is extremely loyal and devoted to its family and does not hide its jealously. It is highly intelligent; it is great at learning tricks. This dog enjoys being part of the family and will become destructive without enough exercise and attention. It is one of the most aggressive breeds; the Fox Terrier has a pronounced tendency to pick fights with other dogs, even large ones, and is not generally trustworthy with other pets. It will also hunt and possibly kill other animals, such as birds, if given the chance.
This Terrier often bites, and although it loves to play, it should be watched with children. It gets along with other dogs, provided it is thoroughly socialized at an early age. It needs firm, consistent obedience training; it tends to be willful. Behavior problems may include dominance challenges, especially with meek owners; guarding objects, places and its own food from the owner, and excessive barking. It likes to bark, although the high-pitched barking can be annoying and may cause problems with neighbors.
It is important to keep this dog properly leashed or in a completely enclosed area, because it likes to go off and explore. The Fox Terrier makes a good watchdog. This breed may be too boisterous for elderly owners. The Amertoy thinks it is big! This breed is tough and bright, but stubborn. It is an exceptionally intelligent, trainable dog. It cannot tolerate cold weather; it should wear a coat in the winter to help keep it warm. Some American Toy Terriers 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.
It will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. It is very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.