Welsh Toy Fox Terrier

8-20 lbs
Welsh Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
The offspring of one seemingly timeless breed and one relatively new breed, the Welsh and Toy Fox Terrier respectively, the Welsh Toy Fox Terrier is a balanced blend of its predecessors in nearly every aspect. As a breed, they are generally lively but not hyper, playful but not exhaustive, and affectionate but not obsessive - personality traits that perfectly suit those with active lifestyles as well as more traditional families. Unlike a wide stretch of other Terriers, they are actually a bit easier to train. That obedience also translates into strong loyalty for their owners as well, which can in turn compromise relationships with others, as they are only moderately trusting of other dogs and people unless thoroughly socialized. Thanks in special part to the Welshie, they also boast exceptional noses and can still be used to hunt but are more often found as companions animals, especially as of late. But like most Terriers, they do need a decent amount of exercise and engagement to stay entertained and may otherwise become bored and potentially destructive. Compared to many other Terrier breeds, however, they are a bit more easy-going, still have a penchant for fun and come in a perfectly small package so they can suit a variety of people and living situations.
purpose Purpose
Hunting, Companion.
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Welsh Terrier and Toy Fox Terrier

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Health

Average Size
Male Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 8-15 inches Weight: 8-22 lbs
Female Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats
Height: 8-15 inches Weight: 8-20 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Demodectic Mange
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Canine Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Epilepsy
  • Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS)
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Allergy Tests
  • Blood Analysis
  • DNA for VWD
  • Heart Testing

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Breed History

The Welsh Toy Fox is a recent hybrid breed, so little history is known about it specifically. However, the Toy Fox Terrier has just over a century of established history and the Welsh Terrier has over three times that. Although there is limited documented history of the Welsh Terrier, it is believed that they originated as early as the late 1700s as a relative to the now-extinct Old English Black-and-Tan Terrier but the first written accounts extend as far back as 1450. Because of it, they are not only considered one of the oldest breeds in the United Kingdom still in existence, but are also only one of two breeds thought to originate in Wales. They were originally bred by farmers to hunt and rid their land otters, foxes, badgers and other small-to-medium sized prey and their courageous character still shows today. In the late 1800s, the breed was finally recognized by the English Kennel Club and by 1900, the Welsh Terrier Club of America was founded. While they are generally a highly distinguishable breed thanks to their coat color and look, they are considered endangered as only a few hundred are registered with the American Kennel Club annually. Toy Fox Terriers, on the other hand, may have a history limited to just over a hundred years, but they are one of very few breeds who can claim to be truly All-American. They are noted to be descendants of a Smooth Fox Terrier named Foiler, the first Fox Terrier to be recognized by the English Kennel Club around 1885. It is believed that since then, the Smooth Fox was mixed with toys breeds such as the Manchester Terrier and the Chihuahua to create a more compact figure with a classic Terrier personality -- lively, rugged and virtually fearless. The results were exactly that and nearly 100 years after they began their slow transformation, the American Kennel Club recognized them in 2003.

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Breed Appearance

The Welsh Toy Fox Terrier is a small dog, averaging right around a foot tall and less than 20 pounds, and often sports the distinctive medium-to-long wiry coat that Welshies are known for, normally ranging between black, white, tan, and brown. Also like the Welsh Terrier, the Welsh Toy Fox usually has a long, almost boxy snout capped with a black nose but retains a bit less of the normal rectangular head shape. It shows an elongated mustache, beard and eyebrows and either pricked or buttoned ears. Their general build is athletic, showing only slightly less muscle in the front with a straight forequarters compared to stockier back thighs and a sloped or angled pair of hind legs capped with a medium length tail that is sometimes docked.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Welsh Toy Fox Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Welsh Toy Fox Terrier nose
brown Welsh Toy Fox Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Welsh Toy Fox Terrier coat
white Welsh Toy Fox Terrier coat
brown Welsh Toy Fox Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Welsh Toy Fox Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Breed Maintenance

While they do have quite a bit of hair, Welsh Toy Fox Terriers are not particularly high maintenance dogs. Given that the Welsh has long hair and the Toy Fox sheds frequently, brushing this breed on a weekly basis at the very least will help to keep their coats in good shape and free of matting and tangling. Their longer coats are also attracters for dirt, especially if they're able to get off leash and romp at will, so owners should keep an eye (and nose) on them to determine how often bathing is required and if they need a trim. Tooth brushing should be set as a weekly standard and nails should be monitored and trimmed regularly to prevent cracking or breaking.
Brushes for Welsh Toy Fox Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Welsh Toy Fox Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Temperament

Welsh Fox Terriers are known to be even tempered and a bit better behaved than many of their other Terrier relatives. They have quite a bit of energy but are not hyper and still enjoy lounging with their owners on quiet days or after a good run. They are stellar all-around companions as they are affectionate, playful, eager to please, and loyal, which usually makes them considerably easier to train than some of their more stubborn kin. Although they are able to maintain a certain level of calm, they do need frequent and vigorous exercise to tire them out. If they are not given physical activity, mental stimulation, and attention, they do have a tendency to get bored or frustrated and may become destructive. They also still possess the hunter drive and may tend to follow their noses even when it is undesirable for the owner, especially if there is small prey that can be dug to, chased after, or barked at. But given their receptivity to training and collected manner, many are still miles ahead of their Terrier brethren. Because of their general personality and size, this breed is adaptive and can suit a wide variety of lifestyles from adventure seekers to families with kids who primary play in the yard.

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Activity Requirements

Welsh Toy Fox Terriers are not super high energy dogs but they do rise above the average, meaning they will need at least 8 miles of walking per week and at the very least 30 to 45 minutes of additional playtime or other activities per day but they will happily accept more should it be given to them. Because of their build and love to hunt, this breed appreciates an open space to burn off energy and run at top speed instead of just being limited to walking or jogging paces with their owners -- although they are great running and biking companions if properly trained. Engaging them in any type of mental play, especially the type that also uses their physical abilities like frisbee or fetch or agility exercises (which Toy Foxes are particularly good at) is that much better, not only tiring them out but also increasing their confidence when praised.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1.3 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.40
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$30.00 - $40.00
food bag monthly cost

Welsh Toy Fox Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs
Female Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 11.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Welsh Toy Fox Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs

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