Everything you need to know to buy or adopt a Toy Fox Terrier puppy or adult dog.


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Buying or Adopting a Toy Fox Terrier

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2017


Is a DOG really the right pet for you?

I've been helping people choose and find dogs for over 35 years now, and I have to say that for many people, dogs are not ideal pets.

Pros AND Cons of Owning a Dog


Should you get a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog?

Don't set your sights on any purebred dog until you read these three eye-opening articles:

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Crossbred Dogs

The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs


Is a Toy Fox Terrier the right breed for you?

Toy Fox Terriers: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em

Toy Fox Terrier Health Problems


Are YOU right for a Toy Fox Terrier?

Can you provide what this breed needs?

  • Someone home most of the day
  • Fenced yard (not an electronic/underground fence)
  • No young children in the household
  • No large dogs in the household (safety issue)
  • Extra safety precautions – ongoing supervision and surveillance of what's going on around your Toy Fox Terrier, being careful where you step or sit, not allowing leaps from high furniture, keeping small objects off the floor so the dog can't choke, closing all gaps in fences and gates, etc.
  • Ample exercise after maturity – enough ongoing exercise that your Toy Fox Terrier stays slim and is tired enough to sleep contentedly and not get into mischief
  • "Mental exercise" – interesting activities that keep the mind stimulated, such as a challenging dog sport (agility, rally obedience, musical freestyle, flyball); challenging dog toys; a homemade obstacle course; tricks and games such as Musical Toys and Hide 'n Seek; instructions in my training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words
  • An indoor lifestyle, except for exercise and bathroom breaks
  • A meat-heavy diet, either homemade or commercial – meat is expensive, so people with less money should opt for a small dog
  • An owner with enough money to treat the health problems Toy Fox Terriers are prone to (pet health insurance can really help here!)
  • An owner who is okay with moderate shedding, and housebreaking perhaps taking a long time
  • Commitment to provide thorough socialization – introducing your Toy Fox Terrier to lots of people and other animals, diligently correcting any signs of misbehavior or aggression
  • Commitment to establish the right Leader-Follower relationship with your Toy Fox Terrier, teaching him to listen to you and do what you say

Should you get a male or female Toy Fox Terrier?

Symbols for male and female Male Dogs vs. Female Dogs
Which one makes a better pet?


Should you get a young puppy, an older puppy, or an adult dog?

Girl hugging a dog Puppies vs. Adult Dogs
What age should your new Toy Fox Terrier be?


Where can you buy or adopt a Toy Fox Terrier?

Toy Fox Terriers are fairly common in the United States. Out of 189 breeds in the American Kennel Club, where 1 is most popular and 189 is least popular, Toy Fox Terriers rank 116th. I know that doesn't sound very common, but if you add all of the Toy Fox Terriers registered with the United Kennel Club, that comes out to quite a few!

Adopting From Dog Rescue Organizations
Toy Fox Terriers are sometimes available from Dog Rescue groups. Toy Fox Terriers may be turned over to Rescue because they're more active than the owner anticipated, or because they bark too much or act aggressively toward other animals. You would need to provide these dogs with the exercise, training, and socialization that they are lacking. Other Toy Fox Terriers are given up simply because of changed family circumstances, and these dogs may have no behavior problems at all.

Adopting From Public Animal Shelters and Humane Societies
Toy Fox Terriers are rarely found here. Toy Fox Terrier Rescue groups keep their eyes peeled on shelters and humane societies across the country. On the off chance that a Toy Fox Terrier turns up at a shelter, the rescue group typically moves in quickly to take the dog.

Buying From a Dog Breeder
You can buy a Toy Fox Terrier from a show breeder, who breeds Toy Fox Terriers to match a detailed standard of appearance for the dog show ring. You can also buy a Toy Fox Terrier from people who "just breed pets" or "just had one litter." But should you? Be sure to read the article to learn more about these people.

Here's one difference between a responsible breeder and an irresponsible breeder – BOTH PARENTS of a Toy Fox Terrier puppy should have:

  • a certificate from the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA) certifying the dog to have normal knees

Also, at least ONE PARENT of a Toy Fox Terrier puppy should have:

  • a DNA test proving they are Normal/Clear of a severe hereditary eye disease called primary lens luxation.

If a seller can't show you those certificates, the puppies are higher risk for health problems. You might choose to accept that risk. But then you need to be willing (and able) to pay a couple thousand bucks for future surgeries and lifelong meds if your Toy Fox Terrier ends up blind and lame.

Puppy in a pet shop window Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store
Toy Fox Terriers are often found in pet shops. I have plenty to say about buying a puppy from a pet shop!


Related Articles

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How to test the temperament and personality of Toy Fox Terrier puppies and pick the best puppy in a litter.


Pedigree parchment AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?
Should you consider buying only AKC registered Toy Fox Terrier puppies? Do AKC papers and pedigrees really matter?


To help you train and care for your dog

book cover To learn more about training your dog to be calm and well-behaved, my dog training book is Teach Your Dog 100 English Words. It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will teach your dog to listen to you and do whatever you ask.

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