Chihuahua vs Toy Fox Terrier

Compare the Chihuahua to the Toy Fox Terrier. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Chihuahuas and Toy Fox Terriers.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both breeds are good choices for new or inexperienced owners, but the Chihuahua is better suited for new owners.
  • Children - Both the Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier are great with children.
  • Grooming - Both the Chihuahua and Toy Fox Terrier are very low maintenance and easy to groom.
  • Barking - Both breeds will bark frequently, but the Toy Fox Terrier has the highest tendency to bark between the two.
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Chihuahua vs Toy Fox Terrier
Chihuahua Dog Breed
White Black & Tan Toy Fox Terrier
Breed NameChihuahuaToy Fox Terrier
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan15-20 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Height6-9 in.8½-11½ in.
Weight3-6 lb3½-7 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryMexicoUnited States
Origin Year1850 AD1930 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessVery GoodVery Good
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Pet FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Stranger FriendlyBelow AverageGood
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Enjoys Attention
  • Jealous
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Likes To Snuggle
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentYesYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoNo
Medium YardNoNo
Large YardNoNo
Temperature Tolerance ¹50°F to 80°F55°F to 80°F
Barks/HowlsOftenVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredMediumMedium
Top Running Speed18 mph16 mph
StrengthLowLow
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowLow-Medium
SheddingMediumLow
DanderLowLow
Drool AmountNoneNone

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaToy Fox Terrier
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaNoNo
Family/PackYesYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionBelow AverageBelow Average
Burrow/DiggingBelow AverageBelow Average
ChasingBelow AverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsBelow AverageAverage
FightingBelow AverageBelow Average
GuardingBelow AverageBelow Average
HerdingVery LowBelow Average
HuntingAverageBelow Average
ProtectionBelow AverageBelow Average
Remove VerminHighBelow Average
SleddingVery LowVery Low
WatchHighBelow Average
Health Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaToy Fox Terrier
Lifespan
Lifespan15-20 yrs.13-15 yrs.
Common Health Issues
Collapsed TracheaYesNo
Demodectic MangeNoYes
Heart MurmursYesNo
HydrocephalusYesNo
HypoglycemiaYesNo
Legg-perthes DiseaseNoYes
Open FontanelYesNo
Patellar LuxationYesNo
Pulmonic StenosisYesNo
ShiveringYesNo
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameChihuahuaToy Fox Terrier
Coat
FurYesYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesNo
Single CoatYesNo
Smooth CoatNoYes
Coat Texture
SilkyYesNo
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
LongYesNo
Coat Color(s)
BlackYesNo
Black & RedYesNo
Black & SilverYesNo
Black & TanYesNo
Black & WhiteYesNo
Black Sabled FawnYesNo
Black Sabled SilverYesNo
BlueYesNo
Blue & WhiteYesNo
Blue Brindled FawnYesNo
Blue FawnYesNo
ChocolateYesNo
Chocolate & TanYesNo
Chocolate & WhiteYesNo
Chocolate BlueYesNo
Chocolate Brindled FawnYesNo
Chocolate Sabled FawnYesNo
CreamYesNo
Cream & WhiteYesNo
FawnYesNo
Fawn & WhiteYesNo
Fawn Brindled BlackYesNo
GoldYesNo
Gold & WhiteYesNo
RedYesNo
Red & WhiteYesNo
SilverYesNo
Silver & WhiteYesNo
WhiteYesNo
White & BlackNoYes
White & TanNoYes
White, Black, & TanNoYes
White, Chocolate, & TanNoYes
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