Jafox

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

Origin
China <> U.S.A. -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Jafox

The Jafox, also known as the Toy Jafox, is a specific toy-sized crossbreed dog that is a cross between the Japanese Spaniel and the Toy Fox Terrier. These little dogs generally weigh no more than 4 kilos and probably won't even reach 30.5 centimetres in height as adults. These are friendly, energetic little dogs who love to be pampered as much as they love to chase critters around the yard. The Jafox is an intelligent breed and can learn anything you want to teach it, but may or may not be easy to train. They are good family dogs and get on well with pets and children.

History of the Jafox

Because the Jafox is a new breed, they don't yet have a history. Therefore, the histories of the Japanese Spaniel and Toy Fox Terrier will be used for this purpose.

 

        

A little of the Japanese Spaniel

        
The Japanese Spaniel is a small dog that originated in Japan in ancient times, but its exact history is not completely clear. Some say they were brought to Japan by a Buddhist teacher in 520 AD, while others believe the little dogs were given to the Emperor of Japan by the Chinese Emperor in 1000 AD. Another story is that they were bred in Korea and brought from there around 1,500 years ago. Whichever story you choose to believe, all agree that the Japanese Spaniel was revered by the Japanese people and treated like a king. Until 1977, they were still known as Japanese Spaniels and are thought to be a mix of Pekingese and Pugs. They were popular with royalty and were given to Queen Victoria, Princess Catherine of Braganza and even Franklin Pierce when he was the 15th President of the United States. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 and is the 108th most popular dog breed.
Standard of the Japanese Spaniel

A little of the Toy Fox Terrier

The Toy Fox Terrier was created in the USA in the 19th century to hunt rats and mice, but ended up being even better at hunting foxes. Because of their small size, they were able to penetrate fox holes and flush out foxes for hunters. They were bred from the Smooth Fox Terrier, Chihuahua, Miniature Pinscher and Manchester Terrier. They became popular in the United States in the late 1990s and were accepted into the American Kennel Club in 2003, where they are the 116th most popular dog breed.
Presentation of the Toy Fox Terrier

Appearance of the Jafox

The little Jafox has dark brown eyes, a black or brown nose and a slightly rounded head with floppy ears that stand up to listen. They usually have a white mask with one or two other colors such as black, brown, cream, fawn or sable. Coat thickness and length depend on whether your dog has more Japanese Spaniel or Toy Fox Terrier, but it's usually right down the middle and straight and soft like the Japanese Spaniel. They have strong but nervous legs and a tail that may or may not be hairy and usually curls over the back.

Temperament of the Jafox

Although the Jafox is friendly and adorable, it's a big dog in a small package, so it's very brave and will sometimes take on more than it can handle. He can be quite bossy and stubborn at times too, so you may have problems with burglary. Be prepared to use positive reinforcement and lots of patience. They have a lot of energy like the Terrier but can also be a good companion dog like the Chin. They need to be well socialized from an early age so they can go to the dog park without starting fights or needing to be crated when your friends come over.

Needs and activities of the Jafox

Your Jafox loves to jump and climb, so it's excellent for agility training and competitions. However, they also like to hang out on the sofa or on your lap, so you may need to force her to exercise by promising a trip to the dog park or beach. This breed needs at least 45 minutes to an hour of activity a day to keep from getting bored or restless. If your Jafox doesn't get enough exercise, he may develop behavioral problems such as excessive barking, chewing things or aggression. Try taking him for a walk twice a day and playing a game of fetch or Frisbee.

Maintenance of the Jafox

The amount of maintenance your Jafox needs depends on the thickness and texture of the coat she ends up with. It depends on the genes, of course, and you can't really predict how they'll develop unless you get your dog at an older age. However, you should be able to get away with brushing him once or twice a week with a pin brush and perhaps a smooth brush. You can trim his nails if necessary and clean his ears with a damp absorbent cotton pad once a week. Be sure to check for mites and excess wax.

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