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The Toy Fox Terrier has a true terrier personality and temperament. They are happy, lively and energetic dogs that are always interested in what the family is doing. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to be in the center of the action but they are also more affectionate than many of the terriers and enjoy just sitting with their owners. The Toy Fox Terrier will be very puppyish in his or her behavior, even well into the dog’s senior years. They are highly intelligent and quickly learn an amazing number of words, commands and signals. They can be very curious dogs and will often find something to play with or entertain themselves if left alone for longer periods of time. When provided with toys and time to exercise the Toy Fox Terrier can tolerate being left at home during the day, providing they have lots of attention and interaction with the family in the evenings.
As a breed, the Toy Fox has all the “big dog in a small body” attitude that is a hallmark of the terrier group of dogs. Unlike some of the terriers the Toy Fox will adjust very well to other dogs when properly socialized. If they are not socialized they can be dog aggressive, particularly the intact males. They are also not as independent as other terriers, however they do have a mind of their own and can be stubborn and strong willed at times, so the proper dog leashes are a must.
The Toy Fox Terrier does best with older children and considerate younger children. As with any toy dog younger kids don’t seem to realize how small the dog really is, which can pose a risk to the dog. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to run and play and is extremely active all through his or her life.
Not a problem barker, the Toy Fox Terrier is still a good watchdog and will bark very loudly to let you know when strangers approach. They may be prone to digging and chasing and are not good companions in homes with other small rodent type pets. When socialized with cats from a young age the Toy Fox Terrier does well with the family cats, but is likely to chase other cats that wander onto the property.
The Toy Fox Terrier was originally bred and developed in the United States in the early 1900′s. The major bloodlines used to start the breed were from the Smooth Fox Terrier crossed with several other toy breeds and small types of dogs. Selection of the smallest of the Smooth Fox Terriers for early breeding meant that only a small amount of cross breeding was required to develop the Toy Fox Terrier breed.
The goal of the early breeders was to miniaturize the Smooth Fox Terrier and reduce some the independence of the terrier natural to a more elegant and “family friendly” type companion dog. Early crosses to develop the Toy Fox Terrier including Miniature Pinchers, Italian Greyhounds and even the Chihuahua. The breed is now a true breed, meaning that only registered Toy Fox Terriers are used in breeding lines. Toy Fox Terriers make excellent dogs for walking on dog leashes.
The Toy Fox Terrier was first recognized as a breed in 1936 by the United Kennel Club, but did not receive full recognition in the toy group of the American Kennel Club until January 1 of 2003.
The Toy Fox Terrier is a very alert looking terrier breed, bright and energetic while also very athletic and fairly muscular in appearance. People that are not aware of the breed often mistake these dogs for Jack Russell Terriers, although there are very definite differences between the two breeds. Generally the Toy Fox Terrier is much smaller, finer boned, shorter coated and much more refined looking than the Jack Russell, and does very well walking on proper dog leashes.
The Toy Fox Terrier has a fox-like face with a wedge shaped head and a strong yet slightly tapered muzzle. The eyes, rims of the eyes and the nose will be very dark on all Toy Fox Terriers except those that have chocolate colors, in which case the eye rims and the nose will be lighter in color, more in keeping with a brownish tone. The eyes are round in shape and are neither protruding nor deep set, but they do have an alert, mischievous and friendly appearance. The ears are very pointed in a broad inverted V shape and are relatively high on the head. The ears are always carried completely erect and alert.
One of the most difficult things to take in about the Borzoi is just how difficult it can be to train them. You can train Borzoi because they are very intelligent animals and they are well known for their talents in the world of hunting. Yet, they are hounds and for that they are often considered to be hard to train for their free spirit and their own mind.
While they are very loyal to their families, they are also very much not willing to please their owners as much as taking the time to meet their own goals and demands. If you are to train them, you do need to use positive training methods. Often, the best methods revolve around building a trust between the trainer and the dog itself before they will begin to listen and do as commanded to do.
Training can be done in a home by the owner or through specialized services. Your goal should be to find a way to get your Borzoi to work with you in terms of training rather than to attempt to discipline them for not interacting with you the way that you want to. Make sure in training to always walk him on the proper dog leashes.
The Borzoi is a dog that does require play time. They are large animals that often need to be running and playing. In fact, it is necessary to provide this to your dog even when the dog is in a smaller sized area. In order to stay healthy, the Borzoi requires enough room to run. You will need to provide them with some exercise as it is required for their body structure to remain fit. They are mostly muscle under their coat which means exercise to stay fit and healthy.
If you can not find the room to allow the pet to run, you may want to consider taking on a new hobby, such as jogging or running. They will love to accompany you on your runs and are often likely to enjoy the bike too. A fenced in yard is the very best area for the dogs but you can also find much enjoyment with taking them to the park.
When exercising your Borzoi, you should take note in the fact that they are more than likely to take off in one direction or the other, making them very much dogs that need to be watched in any situation, so make sure to walk him on proper dog leashes at all time.
Taking care of your Borzoi will not be as difficult as you think. That is because the Borzoi is a dog that likes to remain clean and healthy. He will do much of his own grooming, which is a good thing for owners! Nevertheless, you do need to pay attention to your Borzoi yourself. They have a long coat that requires a good brushing. Purchase a good quality bristle brush to brush them with and do this at least weekly much more often when able to.
Because they do take good care of themselves, for the most part, it is likely that you will be able to bath them very infrequently. You can also use dry shampoos on these dogs when you feel the need to as a wet batch can be hard with a large dog like the Borzoi is.
Another important part of caring for your Borzoi is to pay attention to their feet. The hair between their toes needs to be trimmed and they need this taken care of so that they do not have painful feet! This will also help when taking him for walks on proper dog leashes.
Unfortunately, the Borzoi is a heavy shedder which means that brushing them will help to keep the coat off of your home.
When it comes to temperament, you will find the Borzoi to be an amazing animal. They are very smart dogs and at the same time are very affectionate to their owners. You will enjoy a dog that is very aware of his family and very much willing to protect them. They are loyal animals to their owners. Being that these dogs are hounds there can be a bit of the characteristics of those dogs which includes having their own free will. In some situations, they will not be good for training because of this feature.
A feature that many enjoy about the Borzoi is just how “good” they can be. They are quiet, self taking care of animals. They prefer to be clean and will help to make that happen on their own. In addition, they are not loud animals and often are happy to be quietly sitting in the background.
Take them outdoors, though and you have another story. Because they are sign dogs they are very much well built animals as well. That means that they are fast and they will explore whatever and wherever they feel like. They are hard to train in terms of property boundaries because of this. Make sure to walk them on the proper dog leashes at all times.
To bring the Borzoi into your home, you should take the time to socialize them with others as well as with children and smaller animals, especially cats. They are territorial and will protect what they feel is their own property. More so, outdoors they are likely to chase after animals and are likely to get their prey for their fast build. If you have younger children or small animals in the home, do expose them to the Borzoi carefully and when the Borzoi is a young dog to help them to grow up knowing that these housemates are okay. In addition, these dogs often like to be resting not playing hard with children.
When you consider the Borzoi in terms of history, you are likely to find this bred along side the wealthy. They were first thought to be brought from Arabia into Russia in the 17th century. Nobility then took them and bred them with dogs that had much longer hair, hence the current coat of this animal. They were used and became very good wolf hunting dogs. This is where they get their other common name of a Russian Wolfhound!
Because they were such successful hunters, their popularity spread widely and within a matter of years they were found in various countries throughout Europe. They were very well known in the British aristocracy for many years. They were often given as gifts to the royalty in fact.
The Borzoi still has wonderful hunting abilities, but over time they became better known for their abilities in terms of companionship, making them just as important nonetheless. They also loved to be walked on the proper dog leashes.
You will then be able to notice this dog for its beautiful coat. Unlike many other dogs, their coats are silkily and even wavy. You will find that some will have curls in their coat hairs. The coat is generally longer and heavy. Around the neck area is a very thick ring of fur, making them look like they have very large shoulders.
For this thick coat, you’ll want to use the proper dog leashes to walk him and keep him happy.
As a very tall dog, the Borzoi commands attention. They have a very long but thin and narrow head shape and they have an arched muzzle. A tell tale characteristic of this dog is its tail. They are long and curved but they hang low against their backside. In addition, the coat around the neck of this dog is very thick and ruffled, giving it a unique look. When you look at the dog face on you will see that he has dark eyes that have their own unique shape of being oblong.
The unique shape of the Borzoi is only one condition that makes it unique. These dogs are very beautiful animals that fit within a family well.
You will need to walk him (with proper dog leashes) at least one time a day, but it is even more beneficial to provide your pet with a fenced in yard where they can run freely as that is what these dogs are well known for doing. If you live in an area with limited space, do be sure to find a location for him to run and play in.