In the formative days
of the breed, the Toy Fox Terrier tended to be rounder of head and
shorter of leg, with a barrel-like, sausage-shaped body. Today’s terriers
are more refined of bone, leggier, squarer of body and flatter of
skull; they have more of a “racehorse” style.
The Toy Fox Terrier has naturally erect
ears. Ears of the smallest puppies are often first to go erect, although
they may flop up and down during the first 12 weeks. The erect ears
and tail are indicative of the alertness of this cocky breed.
Tails are docked with a full three-fifths
taken off at 3 days of age. An occasional Toy Fox Terrier is born
with a naturally bobbed tail, but seldom are these tails of the proper
The coat is short and satiny, requiring
only an occasional brushing. Most TFTs are tricolored with a solid
white body or with an occasional black spot on the body, but white
should predominate; white and tan or white and black dogs are equally
acceptable. In the tricolor the head should be black with tan along
the sides of the muzzle and tan eye dots, and some dogs have a white
blaze starting on the head and running between the eyes.
Most adult Toy Fox Terriers weigh
5 to 7 pounds, and dogs over 7 pounds are disqualified from UKC show competition.
The average height is 10 to 11 inches at the shoulder, and the length
of body should be the same, giving the dog a square look, when viewed
from the side. TFT's over 11.5 inches are disqualified from competition
in AKC conformation shows.
Some pet owners and hunters
prefer a larger, 8- to 10-pound dog, which occasionally appears in
any breeding program, but some wee 3-pounders also crop up in litters.
Regardless of size, the Toy Fox Terrier temperament should remain
the same, as should its vigor and hardiness.