Toy Fox Terrier

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

Origin
U.S.A.
This breed is also known as
Amertoy

Brief historical summary

The Toy Fox Terrier is a true American breed developed by crossing the smooth-coated Fox Terrier with several Toy breeds, including the Chihuahua and the Manchester Terrier. Today, the Toy Fox Terrier is a well-balanced, sporting-looking dog displaying grace and agility. The Toy Fox Terrier has become an ideal companion dog and an excellent show dog. The Toy Fox Terrier has proven that it is at home in conformation, obedience and agility trials, but also in sharing its owner's life. The Toy Fox Terrier is both a Toy and a Terrier, and both have influenced its personality and character, while maintaining the Terrier's pride, courage and liveliness. Cross-breeding with the various Toy breeds mentioned has created a softer disposition.

General appearance

Its well-muscled, agile body has an elegant, gentle outline, giving the impression of effortless movement and endless stamina. He is clean, proud, naturally kind, lively and alert.

Important proportions

Toy Fox Terriers are right-angled in proportion, with height approximately equal to length. Height is measured from withers to ground and length is measured from shoulder to buttocks. Slightly longer bitches are acceptable. Bone structure should be strong, but not excessive, and always in proportion to size. Overall balance is important.

Behaviour / temperament

Toy Fox Terriers are intelligent, alert and friendly, and completely loyal to and protective of their owners. He learns quickly, loves to please, and adapts to almost any situation. The Toy Fox Terrier, like other Terriers, is individual, witty, determined and not easily intimidated. Toy Fox Terriers are comical, fun-loving and mischievous throughout their lives. All individuals lacking the Terrier's personality should be censored.

Head

Cranial region

Head
The head is elegant, balanced and expressive without being coarse. The expression is intelligent, alert, eager and full of interest. Viewed from the front, the head widens gradually from the nose to the base of the ears.
Skull
Moderate in width, slightly rounded.
Stop
Medium, slightly sloping

Facial region

Nose
Black only, except in chocolate-colored dogs.
Muzzle
Strong rather than fine, proportionate to the head as a whole and parallel to the top of the skull.
Lips
Small and tight.
Jaws and teeth
Strong, white teeth with scissor-like jaws.
Cheeks
Cheeks are flat and muscular, with the area below the eyes protruding completely.
Eyes
Clear, luminous and dark, including eye rims, except for chocolates where the eye rim should be plain. The eyes are full, round and somewhat forward, never puffy, with a soft, intelligent expression. They are set well apart without being slanted.
Ears
Straight, acute, inverted V-shaped, set high but never touching. Their size is proportional to the head and body.

Neck

The neck is straight, slightly arched, elegantly curved and muscular. It is in proportion to the head and body, widening to blend gradually and smoothly into the shoulders. The length of the neck is approximately the same as that of the head.

Body

Body
The body is balanced and slightly tapered.
Back
Straight, level and well muscled.
Croup
The croup is level with the topline.
Chest
Deep, well muscled chest.

Tail

Set high, straight and in proportion to the size of the dog.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Well angulated forelegs.
Shoulders
The shoulder is firm and proportionately muscular, but not overdeveloped.
Upper arm
Arms parallel and straight.
Elbows
Elbows are close to and perpendicular to the body.
Pastern
Strong and straight, yet flexible.

Hindquarters

Generality
The hindquarters are well angulated, strong, well muscled and free from sagging.
Upper thigh
Strong, well muscled and of good length.

Gait and movement

The movement is calm with the legs moving almost parallel when walking or trotting. The topline should be straight, as should the tail. Movement is balanced and coordinated with good reach.

Coat

Hair
The coat is short, satiny, glossy, of good texture and smooth to the touch. Slightly longer on the neck, evenly covering the body.
Colour
Tricolor The head is predominantly black with defined tan insertions on the cheeks, lips and corner of the eye. The body is over fifty percent white with or without black patches.
White, chocolate and tan Mainly chocolate head with tan insertions on cheeks, lips and corner of eye. The body is over fifty percent white with or without chocolate spots.
White and tan Mainly tan head. The body is more than fifty percent white with or without tan patches.
White and black Mainly black head. The body is more than fifty percent white with or without the black body spots.
Color should be rich and clear. Flames are acceptable, but cannot touch eyes or ears. Light white is preferred, but a little gray should not be penalized.

Size and weight

Height at withers
22 to 29 centimeters, with a preference for 23 to 28 centimeters. Any dog under 22 centimetres or over 29 centimetres is disqualified.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Color, other than gray extending below the elbow.
 Any dog under 22 centimeters or over 29 centimeters.
 Non-straight ears for any dog over six months of age.

Disqualifying faults

 Flame protruding from eyes or ears.
 Any combination of colors not listed above.
 Any dog whose head is more than fifty percent white.
 Any dog whose body is less than fifty percent white.
 Any dog whose head and body are of different colors.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

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