Toy Fox Terrier - Breed and Grooming Tips

Truly an American breed, the Toy Fox Terrier is a big dog in a small package that possesses intelligence, courage and a take-charge attitude. Both a Toy and a Terrier, they are a true working dog, delighting in hunting tree squirrels and flushing out rodents. The breed’s colors are white, chocolate and tan; white and tan; white and black; or tri-color.

Right Breed for You?

Toy Fox Terriers are an outgoing and friendly, yet fiercely loyal to their families. They are content and capable of any range of activities from hunting, to obedience, to just lounging around in the sun (or on the sofa). Children especially enjoy the unending energy and zeal for play throughout this dog’s life, but as with all Toy breeds, they are not recommended for small children. Their small size makes them ideal for an apartment, although they love to explore the outdoors. They are easy to groom – a quick weekly brushing to prevent shedding, nail trim, and  bath is all that is necessary.

Source:  American Kennel Club - www.akc.org


Grooming

The Toy Fox Terrier does require regular bathing and grooming.  This courageous and intelligent little dog can be bathed as frequently as every week up to no more than every six weeks depending on his lifestyle.  With this smooth coated breed, regular bathing is essential to maintain healthy skin and coat.  Selecting the correct products to match your pet’s skin and coat is essential to achieve optimal results.

Before bathing your Toy Fox Terrier, it is recommended to go over the dog’s entire body with a high velocity dryer in order loosen any dirt and dander from the skin and remove any excess loose coat.  Lightly card the coat to help accelerate shedding.  Once you have selected the best products for your TFT, it is bath time!

Recommended products:

Hypoallergenic Shampoo: A natural, tearless solution for pets with super sensitive skin that is chocked full of Aloe, Coconut, and Vitamins A, D, and E.

Coconut Oil & Silk Shampoo:  A bath infused with coconut oil, organic aloe vera, and silk proteins to nourish the coat, provide intense hydration, and help replenish the skin.

Flea and Tick Shampoo:  Kills fleas and ticks while cleaning and conditioning your pet’s skin and coat.  Leaves a fresh and clean fragrance.  Safe for puppies over 12 weeks.  Keep out of eyes.

Luxury Remoisturizer Conditioner: A deep penetrating coat conditioner to restore moisture.

Oatmeal Baking Soda Facial Cleanser: Great for eliminating facial odors, cleaning the facial area, and soothing the skin.

 

Finishing the Dog: Finish Tools and Grooming

This spirited dog should be bathed on a regular basis. Use a grooming mitt and massage in a circular motion to stimulate the release of natural oils. This will also aide in the removal of any excess, loose hair. In order to keep the fine, smooth coat in prime condition, it is always beneficial to use a hydrating spray following the bathing and drying process.  This allows the skin and coat to lock in moisture to help maintain perfect hydration.

Recommended Products:

Aloe Hydrating Spray: Formulated to provide extreme hydration allowing the skin’s healthy natural oils to permeate the skin adding luxurious shine to the coat.  The inner filet of the Aloe plant allows the skin and the coat to maintain perfect hydration.

High Sheen Spray: The final touch that brings in that radiant shine.



General Healthcare

Prep work is the foundation of all grooming.  Prep work includes ear cleaning, nail trimming, anal glands, and proper dental hygiene.  Mastering these skills sets the professional pet stylist apart from the rest.  Prep work should be done before every bathing and grooming appointment.  All dogs need to have their ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis.  Proper nail care is also very important.  Long, unsightly nails are uncomfortable for the dog, as well as anyone they might jump on.  Long nails also compromise the shape of the foot.  Trimming the pads of the foot helps give the dog good traction on different surfaces, and can minimize the amount of dirt the dog tracks into the house.  It also affords the opportunity to treat and condition the paws from cracks and abrasions.  Anal glands should also be checked and expressed if they are full.  Some caring pet owners prefer to have the anal glands done by their veterinarian. Good dental hygiene is essential for a healthy pet as well.

Recommended Products:

Ear Care:  This ear cleaner has a blend of natural oils to remove dirt, debris, and wax.

Paw Balm: Use weekly to keep paws pliable and soft.  Paw Balm will aid in the prevention of pads to dry out and crack.

3 in 1 Healing Cream:  If your pet gets a wound, this cream promotes cell regeneration and healing.  It is formulated with Bitrex to discourage licking and chewing.

Tear Stain Aloe Wipes:  These wipes help remove odor and drainage while revitalizing the hair.  May be used as a facial wipe to clean the mouth area and face to restore freshness.

Hot Spot Foam: Soothing Aloe, Tea Tree Oil, and Chamomile relieves itching and burning while promoting and accelerating healing.



Nutritional Care

In order to maintain healthy skin and coat as well as overall health, it is important to provide good nutrition to your dog through a well-balanced diet, vitamins, and healthy treats.



Frequently Asked Questions

1/ What products do I need if I just purchased a Toy Fox Terrier puppy?

Puppy Shampoo

Luxury Remoisturizing Conditioner

Facial Cleanser

Aloe Hydrating Spray

Ear Care Aloe Wipes

Tear Stain Aloe Wipes

2/ Do they require a lot of grooming?

If you are not a fan of cutting hair, then you have made the right selection of choosing a Toy Fox Terrier.  This smooth, short haired, animated little dog requires minimal grooming.  This breed is generally clean with few odor problems.

3/ What is a common problem in Toy Fox Terriers?

The TFT is generally a very healthy breed. Despite this, there are several health issues that are apparent in this breed. Patellar luxation (a dislocation of the kneecap), Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease (a hip joint with arthritic and osteopoetic changes), and von Willebrand’s Disease (vWD is a condition that makes them more likely to bleed abnormally.) are a few health concerns apparent in this breed.

4/ Do Toy Fox Terriers shed or cause allergies?

TFT’s do shed an average amount due to their short, smooth coat. Due to their small size, there is less hair than larger breeds with the same type of coat. However, before bringing an TFT into your home if you suffer from allergies, you should spend some time around the breed to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction.

5/ Are Toy Fox Terriers good with children?

 While a sturdy little dog, TFT’s cannot tolerate excessive rough handling.  This fact makes them not suitable for all children.

6/ What if I have a show dog?

Whether you have a show dog or a companion quality dog, the same basic care is given regarding nutrition, socialization, and hygiene.  The difference is the conditioning of the dog and conformation training.  It is always quite helpful if your breeder can help mentor you to lead you in the right direction upon entering the wonderful world of dog shows.  A great place to start is with the national breed club like the Toy Fox Terrier Club of America, www.atftc.com


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