The Toy Foxillon is the result of a cross between the Toy Fox Terrier and the Papillon. It is an energetic, happily outgoing dog that is equally suitable for the outdoors as indoors. As small as it is, the Toy Foxillon offers a lot in terms of affection and attachment to its owner, and will thrive on sessions of play or just plain cuddling.
The Toy Fox Terrier is believed to be a mix of the Smooth Fox Terrier with other, smaller breeds. It is an American breed, intelligent enough to master several voiced commands and was at one time used in shows and circuses. A terrier as well as a toy, the Toy Fox Terrier is a good working dog and enjoys hunting squirrel and small game. It is a bold, fearless dog that is devoted to its owner, and remains playful and active throughout its life.
The Papillon is a breed that originated from Spain, and is valued today for its lively elegance and suitability as a companion and lap dog. The name is for its large, butterfly-like ears, which are usually prick and fringed with long fur. In the same litter, another type, with drop ears, may be born, and these as called Phalene (French for "month").
The Toy Foxillon comes in several coat colors, usually a combination of two, with one always being white. A classic tri-color is from the Toy Fox Terrier parent, as well as a black mask. Other colors include red, tan, sable, lemon and fawn.
Both parent breeds of the Toy Foxillon are single-coated, but while the Toy Fox terrier has a short, fine coat, the Papillon is distinguished by its long, silky coat. The Toy Foxillon may inherit either coat, or have one somewhere in between.
The Toy Foxillon is an ideal mix of alert, lively terrier and loving, affectionate lap dog. It is a dog for all ages, except perhaps for very young children that might unintentionally hurt it. It can be a very vocal watch dog, but excessive barkiness usually only occurs in untrained or unhappy dogs, so the Toy Foxillon can be a good choice for apartment or condo living. Its athleticism and agility lends it very well to play, and the Toy Foxillon will readily amuse and entertain for small rewards. It does have an "off" switch, and will just as well take to lolling around on the bed or couch with its owner. Other pets and dogs are not a problem; the Toy Foxillon is a happy and friendly little dog.
Grooming for a longish coat entails looking out to remove mats and using a pin brush, for best results. Shorter coats will do well with a fine-bristled brushing once or twice a week. Baths are only when necessary, which should not be more than once a month.
To ensure a well-rounded personality, the Toy Foxillon should be socialized from puppyhood. A well-trained dog is confident and self-assured in any situation. Crate training is best in housebreaking puppies.
The Toy Foxillon is an active indoor dog, but it will still need to be taken out for walks. A fenced yard can make up for small living quarters, and a mixed up daily routine of play or tricks will ensure the Toy Foxillon is happy and well-stimulated.