Toy Poxer

10-15 lbs
United States
Toy Fox Terrier
Poxer, Tug

The Toy Poxer is a small hybrid mix of the Pug and the Toy Fox Terrier. The result of this combination is a tiny dog with lots of personality, plenty of energy, and tons of love for their family. While they are not great for families with pre-schoolers, they do well with older children and can be perfect for older people who live in small apartments or homes. They love to be cuddled and are somewhat easy to train but can be stubborn at times. This is a healthy breed that can live well into their teens with few congenital illnesses.

purpose Purpose
Companion, Guard Dog
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Pug and Toy Fox Terrier

Toy Poxer Health

Average Size
Male Toy Poxer size stats
Height: 9-12 inches Weight: 15-20 lbs
Female Toy Poxer size stats
Height: 7-10 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Portosystemic Shunt
  • Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Allergies
  • Skin Diseases and Disorders
  • Eye Conditions (Cataracts, Lens Luxation)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
  • PDE (Pug Dog Encephalitis)
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Cardiac Test
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • DNA

Toy Poxer Breed History

Although the Toy Poxer has been around for over a decade, they do not yet have a recognized history. Therefore, you should look at the backgrounds of the Pug and the Toy Fox Terrier. The Pug is an ancient Chinese breed that was revered from the beginning as a royal pet of Chinese Emperors. They are thought to have originated before 300 B.C. and were guarded by soldiers to prevent theft since only royalty was allowed to own them. These dogs, believed to be related to the Tibetan Mastiff, made it to Europe on Dutch trader ships in the 16th century and soon began to be known by other names such as Doguillos in Spain, Calins in France, and Mops in Germany. The Pug was brought to England in the late 19th century when the British soldiers invaded the Chinese Imperial Palace. They became popular and were seen on paintings, statues, and postcards in the Victorian Era. After the Civil War, they were brought to America and accepted by the American Kennel Club in 1885. The Toy Fox Terrier is a tiny American breed that was developed in the 1900s as a ratter and fox hunter. This breed was made by mixing the Smooth Fox Terrier with other small dogs such as Chihuahuas, Miniature Pinschers, and Manchester Terriers. The breeders got the idea after seeing how well runts of the litters were at hunting. By creating a smaller version of the Smooth Fox Terrier, hunters were able to get their dogs to flush smaller prey from their dens easier. However, circus performers found them to be excellent acrobats and performers so they became well-known in the ring in the early 1900s as well. The Toy Fox Terrier has also been on several television commercials and ranks 116th most common dog breed in the AKC, where it has been a member since 2003.

Toy Poxer Breed Appearance

The Toy Poxer is a short, stocky dog breed that is usually less than 20 pounds and stands shorter than 12 inches high. They have dark eyes that bulge slightly and are wide set with an intelligent expression. Their muzzle is short and may be brachycephalic. Also, the Toy Poxer has a small round head and large pointed ears that may be floppy or erect. Their medium-length tail curls up over their back, they have a square body, and long, straight legs with tiny feet. Their coat is short, sparse, glossy, straight, and comes in chocolate, cream, black, multi-colored, sable, pied, and silver.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Toy Poxer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Toy Poxer nose
brown Toy Poxer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Toy Poxer coat
brown Toy Poxer coat
cream Toy Poxer coat
fawn Toy Poxer coat
pied Toy Poxer coat
sable Toy Poxer coat
brindle Toy Poxer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense

Toy Poxer Breed Maintenance

Your Toy Poxer does not need much grooming because their coat is short and glossy. Brushing them once or twice a week with a hard bristle brush or slicker brush is all that is really needed. However, they do tend to shed so you may need to use a shedding tool or brush your dog more often during shedding season. Because the Toy Poxer has sensitive skin, they should not be bathed unless it is absolutely necessary and you should use a mild dog shampoo recommended by your veterinarian. They also have loose skin so you should make sure to dry them well to prevent irritation and rashes.
Brushes for Toy Poxer
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Toy Poxer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Toy Poxer Temperament

Your Toy Poxer is lovable and fun but is not great with young children due to their size and nervousness. They can be snappy when aggravated or teased so be sure to supervise them with any children. This is an independent and take-charge kind of dog that needs a firm owner when training so they know they cannot get away with whatever they want. They may be territorial and make good watch dogs because they will certainly let you know if there is any danger around. The Toy Poxer is small but has no idea how small they are so you have to watch them because they will go after any threat, no matter how large.

Toy Poxer Activity Requirements

All dogs need to go for at least one or two walks per day and they should also get other exercise in between. Although they are little, they enjoy running around in the yard just as much as the big dogs and would also like to play with others of their kind at the dog park. However, much of the exercise can be done indoors if you like, since your dog is so small and compact. They will always be happy to go for a walk about the neighborhood, so indulge them regularly. When outdoors, your Toy Poxer should be on a leash to stop them from chasing after small prey like squirrels and birds. They need at least one hour of exercise on a daily basis to keep them from getting bored or overweight.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

Toy Poxer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Toy Poxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Toy Poxer size stats at six months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Toy Poxer size stats at six months
Height: 7.5 inches Weight: 5.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Toy Poxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs
Female Toy Poxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Toy Poxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 17.5 lbs
Female Toy Poxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 12.5 lbs

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