Toy Fox Terrier History
The most important, immediate ancestor of the Toy Fox Terrier is the Smooth Fox Terrier. The original Fox Terrier breed standard was written in England in 1876. The size of the breed at that time was 18 to 20 pounds. Owners of these brave little dogs found that the smallest, which they called “runts,” were the scrappiest of the bunch. These little dogs were prized for their temperament. Smaller dogs were developed and eventually were found in the seven-pound range.
The United Kennel Club began registering the Smooth Fox Terrier in 1912. Between then and the mid 1920's, the Toy Fox Terrier was developed, being a miniature of the previous breed. However, they were still registered under the name of Fox Terrier (Smooth). Those dogs appeared almost identical to the dogs of today. It was not until February 24, 1936, that UKC began registering the Toy Fox Terrier under its current name, Toy Fox Terrier.
The American kennel Club says that the Smooth Fox Terrier was crossed with various toy breeds such as Min Pins, Italian Greyhounds, Chihuahua, and Manchester Terriers in the 1930's to create the Toy Fox Terrier. The results were the assertiveness of a terrier along with the loving disposition of the other breeds. The results were a “big dog in a small package, possessing intelligence, courage, and a take-charge attitude,” – “the Big Little Dog.” Other names for the Toy Fox Terrier are the American Toy Terrier and Amertoy. It is said to have originated in the United States.
The Toy Fox Terrier is at home nearly anywhere as long as it is with the people he loves. Toy Fox Terriers have proven their worthiness in conformation as well as obedience, and agility trials. The Toy Fox Terrier is agile, curious, quick, and willing to learn. They are active, playful, protective, loyal, and obedient.