The immediate ancestor of the Toy Fox Terrier is the larger 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 appear almost identical to the dogs of today. It was not until February 24, 1936, that U.K.C. began registering
the Toy Fox Terrier under its current name.
The Toy Fox Terrier is small in size, with a body
that is square when viewed from the side. The length of the head, neck and legs are in proportion to the length and depth
the body. The body is compact, with the short tail carried upright. With a short, glossy coat that is predominantly
white, the appearance is elegant, balanced and aristocratic.
Highly intelligent, alert, loyal, fearless and having much
endurance, this small dog, above all, has the conformation, characteristics and personality of a terrier.
The Toy Fox Terrier is self-possessed, spirited and determined. They are energetic, lively and strong for their size.
They are not easily intimidated by other pets. Most are comical, entertaining and playful all of their life, which is generally
long in comparison to many other breeds. They are friendly and loyal to their master or owners, yet protective. As a rule
they are easily trained and adapt to showing in conformation and obedience, Any individuals lacking good terrier attitude
and personality are to be faulted.