THE TOY FOX TERRIER by BARBARA (BJ) ANDREWS Excerpts from her Judges Seminar
T he TFT has the vivaciousness of the Miniature Pinscher and the keenness of the Toy Manches- ter, but he is decidedly differ- ent. Here are some things that make him uniquely Toy Fox Terrier. Words or phrases in bold are direct quotes from the Standard and within context. The AKC Toy Fox Terrier Standard says he has terrier attributes but reminds us that he is “diminutive” and like all Toys, he has an “endless abiding love for his master.” We know terriers love their family but let’s admit it, terriers may dawdle a bit when there’s an interesting sound in the bushes or another dog to be checked out. Like the Chihuahua (one of his admit- ted genetic contributors) when called, the TFT will stop whatever he’s doing and race as fast as his sturdy legs can carry him, straight into the arms or lap of his owner. He’s a perfect blend of the “cour- age and animation” so prized in the terrier, and the ever-attentive, eager to
Head is elegant but the muzzle is strong rather than fine. While there should be no indi- cation of coarse- ness, we must remember the his- tory is that of a work-
please, gentler personality of the toy dog companion. Size is addressed in the AKC standard. Throughout his history (one of only three breeds in early UKC conformation), the Toy Fox Terrier has always been weighed in or out. The AKC standard keeps size down by measuring out dogs over 11½ inches while demanding they be at least 8½ inches tall. One thing this does is prevent breeders from trying to breed or show “tea cups”. This dog is square in proportion as is the dog on the above right, but you will see many that are way too long, and if judges forgive the slightly longer in male dogs, we’ll see even more long-bodied TFTs. The bone must be strong and although breeders have done will with it, there is a problem known as brittle bone syndrome. Some other breeds may have brittle bones but they don’t think they are superman and are not given to leaping off tall buildings as is this fear- less little fox terrier.
ing terrier. That is also why under Bite we are told he must have a full complement of strong white teeth... not tiny, poorly- rooted “toy” teeth. The eyes are dark, including eye-rims, with the excep- tion of chocolates. The eyes are round, not oval as in the Min Pin. They should be full… and somewhat prominent and set well apart. Eyes are never bulging. The soft intelligent expression is defi- nitely not the hard-bitten or stern expres- sion seen in many terriers. Ears are con- fusing to some but two things will keep you on track. First, they should be right up on top of the head, high and close together, but never touching. Ears size is in proportion to the head and
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