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Toy Fox Terrier

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Toy Fox Terrier
Alternative names
American Toy Terrier
Country of origin
United States
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
AKC: Toy
CKC: Miscellaneous Class
UKC: Terriers
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct

The Toy Fox Terrier is a small terrier breed of dog, directly descended from the larger Fox Terrier but considered a separate breed.


The Toy Fox Terrier is an intelligent, bold and athletic little dog. Although lithe, it is hardy and well balanced. Toy Fox Terriers are said to love human company. 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 Manchester Terrier and Chihuahua resulted in the Toy Fox Terrier of today. Toy Fox Terriers are also called American Toy Terriers or Amertoys.

Toy Fox Terriers were recognized 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).


  • Hopkins, Eliza and Flamholtz, Cathy The Toy Fox Terrier
  • Bielsky-Braham, Tanya, Send in the Clowns. AKC Gazette, December, 2002

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