Toy Foxy Rat Terrier

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10-25 lbs
11-19"
United States
American Rat Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
Foxy Rat Terrier, Troxy Terrier
If you are looking for a small dog with a whole lot of personality, look no farther. The Toy Foxy Rat Terrier, or Troxy Terrier as he is commonly known, is a 50/50 mix between the Toy Fox Terrier and the American Rat Terrier. This means that he is a one to two foot tall bundle of affection and playful excitement, combined with an inherent love for adventure. While the Troxy Terrier is rather small, he is sturdy and always ready for anything. While not very vocal, the Troxy Terrier will let you know his thoughts when he thinks they need to be heard and is most definitely not afraid to stand out in the crowd. He isn't about to let his size slow him down! With large ears, beautiful eyes, and a soft coat, you  may find it difficult to walk away from this little charmer if you were to meet him on the street.
Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
2000's
Ancestry
Toy Fox Terrier and American Rat Terrier

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Health

Average Size
Height: 11-19 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Height: 11-19 inches Weight: 10-25 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Lens Luxation
  • Elbow
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Allergies
  • Epilepsy
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Color Dilution Alopecia
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
  • Heart Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Dental Examination
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Hip and Elbow X-rays
  • DNA for VWD
  • Heart Testing
  • Knee X-Rays

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Breed History

Since the Troxy Terrier hasn't been around long enough to develop a well-detailed origin story, we need to take a look at the parent breeds to learn more about why he may have been created. Most of the time, hybrid breeds are brought about because there are individuals who like specific parts of one breed and want to combine them with preferred traits in a similar breed. By taking a look at the histories of the Toy Fox Terrier and the American Rat Terrier, we can see which traits were most desirable in each breed and why they may have been combined to create the Troxy Terrier. To start, the Rat Terrier originated in the United States and was used primarily as a farm dog whose job was to, you guessed it, catch rats. He was also responsible for catching any other small vermin that made their way onto the farm's property and his loving personality made him an excellent family companion as well. Most likely descended from a combination of the Beagle, Whippet, and Greyhound, the Rat Terrier is extremely athletic and has an amazing nose that helps his hunting skills exponentially. While he was popular for quite some time as a farm dog, once more and more people began leaving the country side for the excitement of the city, the Rat Terrier was no longer quite as important; or needed. Despite this decline in popularity, the Rat Terrier wasn't ready to fade from the spotlight entirely. In 1999 he was accepted into the United Kennel Club. Although he isn't officially part of the American Kennel Club just yet, the Rat Terrier is much loved all throughout the U.S. as a faithful companion and work animal. The Toy Fox Terrier is another American dog that started out as a farm hand, whose main purpose was to catch and kill the small vermin that made their way onto the property. His ancestry consists of quite a few toy breeds such as the Chihuahua and the Manchester Terrier with later breeding of the Smooth Fox Terrier exclusively. With such a background, the Toy Fox Terrier is a proud and very active breed, who loves to play and work all day. He was accepted into the United Kennel Club in the year 1936, but the Toy Fox Terrier only just recently became part of the American Kennel Club, starting in the year 2003. Ever since then, he has left his days of exclusive farm work behind, and is most commonly seen as a family pet and companion, as well as a show dog.

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Breed Appearance

The Troxy Terrier is going to look very similar to that of both the Rat Terrier and the Toy Fox Terrier; this is because the parent breeds already resemble each other greatly in coloring and facial features. The greatest difference is going to be size. The Toy Fox Terrier is, of course, a toy breed while the Rat Terrier is a small to medium sized breed. Because of this, the Troxy Terrier will vary greatly in size, even within the same litter. His coloring is available in a broad spectrum and will usually be in the parti-color pattern. The fur is short and smooth, lying close the body and tends to shed seasonally. Because of this shorter fur, the Troxy Terrier prefers warmer climates. To round off his appearance, the Troxy Terrier has very tall and erect ears, round eyes, and an elegant muzzle. The tail is typically docked.
Eye Color Possibilities
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Fawn
Red
Brown
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Breed Maintenance

The Troxy coat is very low maintenance, but does tend to shed often. This means that regular grooming may be needed if you do not want to have your house overrun with dog fur at all times. Brushing with a slicker brush at least twice a week is a great way to keep your dog's fur healthy, clean, and stall shedding at a manageable level. Give your Troxy Terrier a good bath every other month or so; sooner if he decides to get into some messy mischief! Besides bathing and brushing, keep your dog's ears clean and his nails trimmed every few weeks and he will be good to go.
Brushes for Toy Foxy Rat Terrier
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Temperament

If you are thinking about getting a Troxy Terrier, be prepared for a lot of energy. Thanks to his parent breeds and the Terrier's natural instinct, the Troxy Terrier is going to want to go, and go, and go! He loves to play and for the outdoor enthusiast, he is the perfect travel sized companion for camping and hiking adventures. Not very talkative (unless he wants to be) and great with kids, the only downside to the Troxy Terrier is that he may be a bit touchy around other dogs. Thankfully, he is an extremely eager to please dog, so with early socialization and regular training, this issue won't stick around for long. The Troxy Terrier is a great dog for any level of dog owner, from beginner to advanced. Overall, he is a loving and affectionate breed who is also fearless and ready for anything; perfect for those who want a companion that will stay by their side through thick and thin.

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Activity Requirements

As mentioned previously, the Troxy Terrier may be small, but he has enough energy for every single dog at the dog park. In order to keep this breed happy and out of trouble, a minimum of three hours activity time is suggested. While playing around in the yard will be a great way to bond and burn a bit of energy, a lot more exercise that that is going to be needed to wear this exuberant character out! A long walk a couple times a day, jogging, hiking, and training are some great ways to burn that energy in a productive way and get your Troxy Terrier fit and happy. Be sure to spend a decent amount of time training as the Troxy is eager to please and quick to learn, so it will be a pleasant experience for both participating parties. Doing outdoor activities together each day will create a lifelong bond and make a very happy pooch.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
180 minutes

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.8 - $1
Monthly Cost
$25 - $30

Toy Foxy Rat Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
Height: 10 inches Weight: 14 lbs
12 Months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 18 lbs
Height: 14 inches Weight: 18 lbs
18 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 22 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 22 lbs

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