Toy Fox Terrier Information
Comparing The Rat Terrier
and the Toy Fox Terrier
Differences Between A TFT
and A Rat Terrier
by Donna Sullivan, President Rat Terrier
The differences may appear to be subtle
to the untrained eye but size, color, body, movement as well as character make
each breed unique.
The Rat Terrier is a small to medium sized well muscled hunting dog. In the Rat
Terrier, there are two sizes (miniature up to 13" and standard over 13" but not
exceeding 18"). They're both coated and hairless. We do not have a toy or giant
size in the Rat Terrier.
In many breeds - as in the Rat Terrier - you will find similarities - but it is
the differences that distinguishes one breed from another. (Some examples are:
Samoyeds/American Eskimos; Norfolk/Norwich Terriers; Lhasa Apso/Tibetan Terrier.
Let's review some of the obvious differences between a Toy Fox Terrier and a Rat
TFT Size: Classified by weight - by age of 6 months may not weigh over 7 pounds.
Rat Terrier: Miniature up to 13" - Standard over 13" and not over 18".
TFT body: Appears to be square with height approximate to length. The backline
is strong, straight and firm.
Rat Terrier body: Slightly longer than height with 10:9 ratio preferred. The
backline is strong and slightly sloping.
TFT Colors: Predominantly white with acceptable colors of white, & black with
tan trim; white & black; white & tan with specific markings of black & tan.
Rat Terrier Colors: Hairless - any skin color is acceptable, freckles enlarge
with age and skin darkens with exposure to the sun. Coated - White; tri colored
(white with patches of black & tan); bi colors (any combination of black, tan,
chocolate, red, orange, lemon, or blue with white); the white may be any size
and located anywhere on the dog.
TFT Ears: must be erect when alert; are pointed and well up on the sides; set
close together; not touching nor set too wide.
Rat Terrier Ears: the V-shaped ears are set on the outside of the skull and may
be erect, tipped or button.
TFT Eyes: eye set is prominently forward but not bulging; color is always dark -
with as dark as possible preferred.
Rat Terrier Eyes: eyes are obliquely set; round and small - somewhat prominent;
rim color matches nose pigmentation; color ranges from dark brown to amber and
matches coat color.
TFT Appearance: a small dog that has conformation, characteristics and
personality of a Terrier.
Rat Terrier Appearance: a small to medium sized muscular hunting dog that is
evaluated as a working Terrier.
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