Foxy Rat Terrier

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
This breed is also known as
Troxky Terrier

A brief presentation of the Foxy Rat Terrier

Lively, energetic and cheerful, the Foxy Rat Terrier is an affectionate hybrid breed developed from the Rat Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier. With high energy levels, this hybrid will require intense play sessions several times a day to avoid boredom. Its wildly curious personality makes the Foxy Rat Terrier an interesting companion as well as an excellent hunting dog. Owners of this extroverted dog say he's eager to learn and easily picks up commands. A bundle of energy in a cute, compact package, the Foxy Rat Terrier weighs an average of 4.5 to 7 kilos and measures between 25.5 and 38 centimeters.

History of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The history of the Foxy Rat Terrier is vague and poorly documented at present. What is certain is that the Foxy Rat Terrier was developed from the Rat Terrier and the Toy Fox Terrier.

 

        

A little of the Toy Fox Terrier

        
The Toy Fox Terrier can be traced back to England as early as the 1500s. The breed was developed to coax foxes from their dens while hunting. Initially, it was developed from the short-haired Fox Terrier, whose weight varied considerably between 3 and 9 kilos. Small dogs have always been more prized than larger dogs because of their innate ability to be enthusiastic when it comes to raking, hunting and defending their homes. In 1912, the United Kennel Club registered the first Shorthaired Fox Terrier. In the mid-1920s, a petition was created to develop a separate category for small dogs. In 1936, the Toy Fox Terrier was registered. It wasn't until 2003 that the American Kennel Club officially recognized the breed.
Presentation of the Toy Fox Terrier

A little of the Rat Terrier

The Rat Terrier is the result of the development of Fox Terrier, Bull Terrier and Manchester Terrier breeding. The original purpose of the breed was to catch prey and parasites such as rodents. Depending on the region in which it lived, the Rat Terrier was bred to different breeds. For example, the breed was bred with Whippets and Italian Greyhounds in the Midwest. In South and Central America, the Rat Terrier was bred with a Beagle, where it developed its keen sense of smell. Between 1910 and 1940, the Rat Terrier was commonly observed working on community farmland, but the population dwindled as its usefulness changed over time. In the 1970s, the breed re-emerged.
Presentation of the Rat Terrier

Appearance of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The Foxy Rat Terrier is a small hybrid developed from the Rat Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier. The breed's coat is made up of short, fine hairs that can be seen in colors such as black and white, brown and white and white and cream. Its dark eyes are expressive and graceful, as is its build. His small, athletic body is fast, but his stance is elegant. His large, erect ears give him a curious look, and his muzzle is small and pointed. He has a dark nose and dark but bright eyes. Although its exact appearance can vary, the Foxy Rat Terrier's tail is often short and its body is small and well built. It mainly resembles the Rat Terrier in both appearance and personality.

Temperament of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The Foxy Rat Terrier is an excellent family companion with an energetic personality. Its high energy levels require several intense play sessions to ensure it stays happy. This fun-loving dog is more than capable of showing you a good time and loves to interact and entertain. He prefers to be around people at all times and won't want to be left alone too often. The Foxy Rat Terrier is good with young children, although both dog and children must learn to play nicely and respectfully. Although your dog is eager to please you, he will still need to learn boundaries with other people and animals. He may be reluctant to make friends with strangers, and it will take patience to overcome this anxiety. This hybrid is highly intelligent but sometimes stubborn, so be sure to use positive reinforcement and plenty of treats.

Needs and activities of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The Foxy Rat Terrier has a high energy level that will require between 45 and 60 minutes of activity a day. Your playful dog is a ball of energy that will be in play for a walk around the neighborhood at least twice a day. It's best to be on a leash on walks or in a fenced yard with you for company, remembering that he has an innate love of the chase and can charge down the street after small animals. Although he knows the command to come when called, he can get caught up in searching for prey and ignore the call. Apartment living is not ideal; this hybrid will thrive in a home with a yard where it can take several mini-breaks throughout the day.

Maintenance of the Foxy Rat Terrier

The Foxy Rat Terrier is not considered a hypoallergenic breed and will shed moderately throughout the year. Brushing him once a week with a smoother brush should suffice, and combing him from time to time will help remove loose fur at moulting time. As he's not known for having a scent, he'll only need to bathe when he decides to dig deeper into the earth. As a smaller dog, he may be prone to tooth decay. He should therefore have his teeth brushed a few times a week with a vet-approved toothpaste designed for dogs. He'll need his nails trimmed about twice a month. If you start the grooming regime with your Foxy Rat Terrier at a young age, he'll be more than happy to sit for this short period and will come to love the one-on-one time.

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