Toy Fox Terrier Breed Standard
Toy GroupGeneral Appearance
The Toy Fox Terrier is truly a toy and a terrier and both have influenced
his personality and character. As a terrier, the Toy Fox Terrier possesses keen intelligence, courage, and animation. As a
toy his is diminutive, and devoted with an endless abiding love for his master. The Toy Fox Terrier is a well-balanced Toy
dog of athletic appearance displaying grace and agility in equal measure with strength and stamina. His lithe muscular body
has a smooth elegant outline which conveys the impression of effortless movement and endless endurance. He is naturally well
groomed, proud, animated, and alert. Characteristic traits are his elegant head, his short glossy and predominantly white
coat, coupled with a predominantly solid head, and his short high-set tail. Size, Proportion and Substance
8.5 - 11.5 inches, 9 -11 preferred, 8.5 - 11.5 acceptable. Proportion:
The Toy Fox
Terrier is square in proportion, with height being approximately equal to length; with height measured from withers to ground
and length measured from point of shoulder to buttocks. Slightly longer in bitches is acceptable. Substance:
be strong, but not excessive and always in proportion to size. Overall balance is important.Disqualification:
dog under 8.5 inches and over 11.5 inches. Head
The head is elegant, balanced and expressive with no indication
of coarseness. Expression
is intelligent, alert, eager and full of interest. Eyes:
clear, bright and dark, including
eye-rims, with the exception of chocolates whose eye-rims should be self-colored. The eyes are full, round and somewhat prominent,
yet never bulging, with a soft intelligent expression. They are set well apart, not slanted, and fit well together into the
The ears are erect, pointed, inverted V-shaped, set high and close together, but never touching. The
size is in proportion to the head and body. Disqualification:
Ears not erect on any dog over six months of age. Skull:
is moderate in width, slightly rounded and softly wedge shaped. Medium stop, somewhat sloping. When viewed from the front,
the head widens gradually from the nose to the base of the ears. The distance from the nose to the stop is equal to the distance
from the stop to the occiput. The cheeks are flat and muscular, with the area below the eyes well filled in. Faults:
Apple head. Muzzle:
Strong rather than fine, in proportion to the head as a whole and parallel to the top of the skull.
Black only with the exception of self-colored in chocolate dogs. Disqualification:
Dudley nose. Lips:
are small and tight fitting. Bite:
a full complement of strong white teeth meeting in a scissors bite is preferred.
Loss of teeth should not be faulted as long as the bite can be determined as correct. Disqualification:
wry mouth, overshot more than 1/8 inch. Neck, Topline and Body
The neck is carried proudly erect, well
set on, slightly arched, gracefully curved, clean, muscular and free from throatiness. It is proportioned to the head and
body and widens gradually blending smoothly into the shoulders. The length of the neck is approximately the same as that of
the head. The topline
is level when standing and gaiting. The body
is balanced and tapers slightly from ribs
to flank. The chest
is deep and muscular with well sprung ribs. Depth of chest extends to the point of elbow. The back
is straight, level, and muscular. Short and strong in loin with moderate tuck-up to denote grace and elegance. The croup
is level with topline and well-rounded. The tail
is set high, held erect and in proportion to the size of the dog.
Docked to the 3rd or 4th joint. Forequarters
Forequarters are well angulated. The shoulder is firmly set
and has adequate muscle, but is not overdeveloped. The shoulders are sloping and well laid back, blending smoothly from neck
to back. The forechest is well developed. The elbows are close and perpendicular to the body. The legs are parallel and straight
to the pasterns which are strong and straight while remaining flexible. Feet are small and oval, pointing forward turning
neither in nor out. Toes are strong, well-arched and closely knit with deep pads. Hindquarters
are well angulated, strong and muscular. The upper and lower thighs are strong, well muscled and of good length. The stifles
are clearly defined and well angulated. Hock joints are well let down and firm. The rear pasterns are straight. The legs are
parallel from the rear and turn neither in nor out. Dewclaws should be removed from hindquarters if present. Coat
The coat is shiny, satiny, fine in texture and smooth to the touch. It is slightly longer in the ruff, uniformly covering
the body. Color
Predominately black head with sharply defined tan markings
on cheeks, lips and eye dots. Body is over fifty-per-cent white, with or without black body spots. White, Chocolate and
: Predominately chocolate head with sharply defined tan markings on cheeks, lips and eye dots. Body is over fifty-percent
white, with or without chocolate body spots. White and Tan
: Predominately tan head. Body is over fifty-percent white
with or without tan body spots. White and Black
: Predominately black head. Body is over fifty percent white with
or without black body spots. Color should be rich and clear. Blazes are acceptable, but may not touch the eyes or ears. Clear
white is preferred, but a small amount of ticking is not to be penalized. Body spots on black headed tri-colors must be black;
body spots on chocolate headed tri-colors must be chocolate; both with or without a slight fringe of tan alongside any body
spots near the chest and under the tail as seen in normal bi-color patterning. Faults
: Color, other than ticking,
that extends below the elbow or the hock. Disqualifications
: A blaze extending into the eyes or ears. Any color combination
not stated above. Any dog whose head is more than fifty-percent white. Any dog whose body is not more than fifty-percent white.
Any dog whose head and body spots are of different colors.Gait
Movement is smooth and flowing with
good reach and strong drive. The topline should remain straight and head and tail carriage erect while gaiting. Fault:
Hackney gait. Temperament
The Toy Fox Terrier is intelligent, alert and friendly, and loyal to its owners.
He learns new tasks quickly, is eager to please, and adapts to almost any situation. The Toy Fox Terrier, like other terriers,
is self-possessed, spirited, determined and not easily intimidated. He is a highly animated toy dog that is comical, entertaining
and playful all of his life. Any individuals lacking good terrier attitude and personality are to be faulted. Disqualifications
Any dog under 8.5 inches or over 11.5 inches.
Ears not erect on any dog over six months of age.
wry mouth, overshot more than 1/8 inch.
A blaze extending into the eye or ears.
Any color combination not stated above.
dog whose head is more than fifty percent white.
Any dog whose body is not more than fifty percent white.
Any dog whose
head and body spots are of different colors.Approved: July 8, 2003
Effective: August 27, 2003