With this small breed comes a relatively small diet. But like all breeds, Toy Fox Terrier food will need to contain plenty of animal proteins and carbohydrates for energy, vitamins and minerals for digestive and immune health, and omega fatty acids for coat and skin wellness. This means the best food for Toy Fox Terriers is the premium dry kind (particularly brands formulated for small breeds), as this type has balanced portions of the above-listed ingredients--all of which your Toy Foxy will need to maintain its health in the long term. Cheap, generic dog food is not recommended for this breed, because it contains mostly empty "filler" ingredients that have very little nutritional value.
Blue Buffalo, Royal Canin, and Hill's Science Diet are three recommended brands that carry excellent lines of premium small-breed food.
As to portions, your Toy Foxy won't eat too much at a time. The typical adult TFT, depending on its age, size, and activity level, will only need about ½ cup of dry food per day, divided into two meals. Toy Foxy puppies, again depending on age, will need a bit less: about 0.3 cups per day, divided into three meals (not two) until six months old. A three-month-old TFT, for example, will only need a few pieces of dry food for each meal.
For further info, the following list details the feeding needs of the Toy Fox Terrier from puppyhood through maturity. The list is for dry food, and names the dog's age, weight, portion size, and meal frequency.
- 6-7 Weeks: 0.75 lbs, 2-3 pieces (Puppy formula), 3x/day
- 10 Weeks: 1 lb, 5-6 pieces, 3x/day
- 4 Months: 2.5 lbs, 8-10 pieces, 3x/day
- 6 Months: 4 lbs, 0.2 cups, 2x/day
- 8 Months*: 5 lbs, 0.25 cups (Puppy/Adult), 2x/day
- 9 Months+: 6 lbs, 0.25 cups (Adult formula), 2x/day
(*--Around this time, transition to adult food by first mixing in a bit of adult formula with the puppy formula. Over the course of a week, with each meal add a bit more adult food to the mixture, until the dog is eating it entirely.)
If possible, try to stick to the above-listed portions. If your TFT is constantly overfed (and underexercised), the dog will easily become obese--and a fat Toy Fox Terrier will have joint, breathing, and digestive problems, not to mention a shortened lifespan. You can help control your Toy Foxy's weight by establishing consistent feeding and exercise schedules, by not feeding the dog table scraps,and by not leaving food in its bowl all the time, thereby allowing the dog to eat whenever it wants. It's better to put the dog's bowl down only at mealtimes, then pick it up a few minutes after the dog begins eating.
If you're worried your Toy Foxy is overweight, give the dog this simple test: run a hand along its side, and if you can't easily feel any ribs, it's diet time. Reduce the dog's daily food consumption by a bit, and add an extra walk or play period to its daily exercise schedule.