Foxy Russell

7-15 lbs
Jack Russell Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Jack Russell Fox Terrier

Protective but loving, the Foxy Russell is a hybrid developed from the Jack Russell Terrier and the Toy Fox Terrier. The Foxy Russell is described as a loving, hyperactive, and curious explorer who loves to dig holes and lead the way. Adventure is this canine’s middle name. He is known to be a nuisance barker which can be minimized with early training. The Foxy Russell’s coat is usually short, harsh and rough and he may require a bit of extra maintenance to keep him looking smart and trim. Owners of this feisty hybrid say he is definitely worth the work and is a loving and fun companion.

Companion, Hunting
Date of Origin
Jack Russell Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier

Foxy Russell Health

Average Size
Male Foxy Russell size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Female Foxy Russell size stats
Height: 11-14 inches Weight: 7-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Glaucoma
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • None Known
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Allergies
  • Lens Luxation
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination
  • Complete Blood Count
  • Optical Examination
  • Allergy Testing

Foxy Russell Breed History

While the history of the Foxy Russell is not well-documented, one can review the history of the parent breeds – the Toy Fox Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier. The Jack Russell Terrier was developed as a hunter and he lived up to expectations well. With a love of the hunt, this courageous canine originated in England in the 1800s and was created through the efforts of Reverend John Russell (hence the name). Later used as a helpmate by mounted hunters who desired a swift dog who could keep up with the horses, he was also appreciated for his bark, leading the hunters in the field. The Toy Fox Terrier, another tenacious breed, was developed in America to be the dog we see today. With an interesting origin, the Toy Fox Terriers were once the runts of the Smooth Fox Terrier litters who were then further bred to refine the breed. The development included the Manchester Terrier, the spritely Chihuahau, the Min Pin, and the graceful Italian Greyhound, among other toy breeds. The Toy Fox Terrier still carries the characteristics of long ago; he is very alert and always ready for the chase.

Foxy Russell Breed Appearance

The Foxy Russell may vary in appearance due to his lack of breed standard. The hybrid generally resembles the Jack Russell Terrier in looks. This eager canine has a longer muzzle and longer legs than the Jack Russell. With good stamina, his build is athletic and because of this, he is always ready to go for a run. His ears may be erect like the Toy Fox Terrier or flopped over somewhat like the Jack Russell. The coat of the Foxy Russell can come in either smooth or rough-coated form. His color combinations can vary from white, brown, tan, and black. His tail is generally high-set and short. His eyes are dark and beady and give him a look of cute curiosity.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Foxy Russell eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Foxy Russell nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Foxy Russell coat
brown Foxy Russell coat
black Foxy Russell coat
pied Foxy Russell coat
fawn Foxy Russell coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Foxy Russell straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Foxy Russell Breed Maintenance

Frequent bathing will not be necessary with the Foxy Russell but depending on the fur texture, he may need trimming and the occasional stripping of the coat (best done by a professional or experienced owner). To keep his fur looking his best, trimming and shaping will be needed on the legs and face. Other than that, however, grooming at home will be a simple brushing once a week with a pin brush. Combing can also remove dirt and debris that he may pick up while exploring outside. Trim his nails as needed to prevent cracks and breaks. Don't neglect the teeth - daily brushing with a veterinarian approved toothpaste is suggested.

Brushes for Foxy Russell
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Foxy Russell requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Foxy Russell Temperament

The Foxy Russell is a happy-go-lucky and curious go-getter. His loyal personality means he will always protect his family and follow them. He is constantly on guard and on-the-move. This hybrid is known to be stubborn and can be a nuisance barker, although the barking can be tamed with early training. This independent canine is fierce and is not afraid to express his thoughts. He is perfect for the active family home and will want to accompany you on every outing. He is most suited for a home with older children who know how to play nicely and how to back off when he has had enough. The Foxy Russell may require additional training to be welcoming of small animals and other dogs. An animated hybrid, he may feel a sense of competition with other canines - obedience classes will help him to get used to other dogs and people in a neutral setting.

Foxy Russell Activity Requirements

This high energy hybrid will need an hour a day of exercise to be at his best and happiest. Not a couch potato by any means, he thrives on the ability to explore and take in the world around him. A home with a fenced yard is ideal; he loves to dig though, and should not be left unattended outside as he is proficient at the task and may take off on a hike of his own given the opportunity. Take him on brisk walks and outings to the dog park where he can practise what he has learned in obedience class - he may make a friend or two for future play dates.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Foxy Russell Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00

Foxy Russell Owner Experiences

10 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
High Five
Catch treats
Learn a new trick
Look out the window
She's super friendly and a good communicator. She spends most of the day in bed with blankets, with bursts of playful energy throughout the day. She has a good nose and enjoys sniffing everything. She prefers crunchy treats and forehead kisses. Did I mention how cute and soft she is? Overall, 10/10, bestest dog ever!
3 months, 1 week ago
13 Months
1 People
House & Yard
Car rides
Dog Parks
Dog-friendly events
Obedience classes
I adopted Bear (smooth coat Jack Russell/Fox Terrier mix) from Jack Russell Rescue in Londonderry NSW, and we made the road trip back to South Australia together. He travelled well in the car from our first trip. He is funny though and does not go to the toilet on the lead, so this was a little stressful, but turned out he was ok regardless. He still doesnt go to the toilet on the lead, but happily goes in parks off lead or at home. It was very odd at first, but is our normal now. Makes lead walking so much more efficient. At adoption, I was informed that Bear had come from a home that had too many dogs and that the owner threw him at the rescue staff with the statement "here, you may as well take this one too". Very sad to hear, but no more sad than the fact these poor dogs were fed by throwing food at them out the back door. Bear came to me quite slight, and he is still somewhat thin and always 0.5 to 1kg under the expected 7kg for the breed. I dont think he will ever be a heavier boy. Being a pup still, he may gain wieght later, but for now, he eats a lot, is very active and healthy, so thats all that matters. Given his early start in life, it is easy to see why he can be a little timid in new situations and with new people, but he quickly warms to gentle kindness and has a loving and gentle nature. He doesnt mind being picked up, loves cuddles and lap sitting and a lot of smooching. He is great with other animals and loves cuddles and smooches with the family cat and has some favourite dog pals at our local dog park, but plays interactively and well with all dogs (large and small). He has gained more confidence since adoption and definitely owns the house, but functions best with routines and boundaries that help him feel safe. Unlike most of his breed, he is not a barker at all and plays contentedly and quietly, but i definitely know when someone is approaching the door as he barks until I open the door. He is the most amazing boy and has come so far and I cant wait for our journey and growth together to continue.
8 months, 2 weeks ago
11 Years
4 People
House & Yard
Laying in the sun
Eating Snacks
Catch treats
Go Camping
My Foxy Russell, Nugget, is an lively bundle of energy. Looks can definitely be deceiving, and despite his old age Nugget zooms around places and enjoys sneaking up on people and jumping all over them, giving them a huge surprise! Nugget loves to travel as well-always looking forward to the next big adventure! He enjoys a good nap and lots and lots of cuddles. But his most favourite thing in the whole wide world is food. Nugget is constantly on the lookout for his next meal. Whether it be his daily tin of meat or a magpie that gets to close to his bed-Nugget manages to find something to munch on! I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 11 years I've spent with Nugget, watching him grow from a playful pup into a still playful senior citizen has been so rewarding. I can't wait for many more memories that I make with this canine legend!
1 year, 1 month ago
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