The Toy Fox Terrier is directly descended from the larger Fox Terrier but is now considered a separate breed.
The Toy Fox Terrier is intelligent, bold and athletic. Although lithe, it is hardy and well balanced. Toy Fox Terriers are said to love human company and are great companions. A related breed is the Miniature Fox Terrier, which was developed along similar lines in Australia.
Toy Fox Terriers, like many active and intelligent breeds, can learn to respond to many words. Toy Fox Terriers were used commonly in circus shows by clowns so they make great companions for owners with a good sense of humor.
Some Toy Fox Terrier breeders can trace their dogs? lineage back to a Smooth Fox Terrier called “Foiler”, the first fox terrier registered by the Kennel Club in Britain, circa 1875-76. It is believed that careful breeding from smaller Smooth Fox Terriers with outcrosses to other toy breeds such as the Manchester Terrier and Chihuahua resulted in today?s Toy Fox Terrier. Toy Fox Terriers are also called American Toy Terriers or Amertoys.
Toy Fox Terriers were recognised by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1936 and placed in the Terrier Group, and by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in July 2000 (Toy Group).