This little dynamo is the perfect combination of tenacious terrier and laid back lapdog. The creators of the breed crossed small Smooth Fox Terriers with Italian Greyhounds, Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas, and Manchester Terriers. The result was a tiny dog with the courage and energy of working terrier and the cosmopolitan sensibilities of the “milder” breeds. They have a fierce hunter inside them but they expect a place of honor in the household when the day is done. They make fun, friendly, and devoted family pets with a fondness for children, but not very small children who don’t know how to interact with a tiny dog. Socialism is important as they are protective of their families. Though well suited for apartment life, they do need exercise. Their smooth coat requires little care other than occasional brushing.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.