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Miniature Fox Terrier

The Miniature Fox Terrier does absolute justice to its name because of its small and lightweight stature. The USP of these dogs lies in their agility and speed, mostly achieved by their oval-shaped foot, which is rare in most small breeds.

The Mini Foxie, as it is fondly nicknamed is a close cousin of the Toy Fox Terrier. It is an outcome of crossing several toy and small breeds like the Fox Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, Whippet, and English Toy Terrier.

If you are in the find of an affectionate lap dog that could turn into a fearless protector when the need arises, then the Miniature Fox Terrier stands as your ideal choice. It could be a terror to its offenders but an absolute joy for its family who would delightfully enjoy their amusing antics.

They even excel as your kid’s most trusted playmate. However, the little ones need supervision during their interaction as they might end up roughly handling the “miniature” dog. Your Mini Foxie would also mingle with other dogs in your home, especially if brought up with them.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Mini Foxi, Mini Foxie, Little Foxie
  • Colors:Black, brown and tan, white
  • Life Expectancy:12 – 16 years 
  • Height:9.5 – 12 inches 
  • Weight:7 – 12 pounds
  • Temperament:Loving, protective, loyal
  • Good with Kids:Yes (older children)
  • Exercise requirements:Moderately high
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:2 – 6 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:Moderate
  • Health Problems:Patellar luxation, epilepsy, leg-calve-Perthes, mange, von Willebrand’s disease,
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:Australia
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Mini Fox Terrier’s History: Timeline

    Late19th century

    They excelled as great ratters and rabbit-catchers on farms


    The Miniature Fox Terrier’s popularity increased in not just the farms but also in urban areas


    Certain enthusiasts gathered to decide upon the Miniature Fox Terrier’s future


    The Miniature Fox Terrier Club of Australia (MFCA) developed


    A breed club was formed by the Miniature Fox Terrier fanciers in South Australia


    Miniature Fox Terrier Club of Australia legally became Minie Foxie Club of Australia, Inc.


    The names Mini Foxie and Miniature Fox Terrier were included to the dog breed’s list that the NSW Companions Animal Act Recognized

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The Miniature Fox Terriers do have a working dog lineage, but at the same time enjoy lazing around in the comforts of their home when their service is not needed. Hence, unlike most other terriers, they would do well with a moderate amount of exercise. One or two 20-minute walks teamed with sufficient playtime in a fenced yard would be good enough.

They adjust well in an apartment provided you make their stay exciting and introduce a whole lot of innovative toys to keep them engaged. A bored dog could resort to destructive ways, so you need to take care of that when housing them in accommodations where movement is limited due to restricted space.

The ratter in them could trigger their excitement at the sight of small pets especially when taken out. So, keep them on a leash then, to avoid any unpleasant occurrences.

The Mini Foxie has a short and smooth coat fitting snugly onto its body. So the chances of shedding remain minimum, and you too are saved from the hassles of rigorously grooming your dog. Make brushing a routine, at least once a week. Clean your dog from time to time with a moist cloth and water, and bathe it if it gets too dirty.

The highly energetic Miniature Fox Terrier needs a balanced diet to meet its carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and vitamin requirements. You may make a vegetable stew or chicken meal at home for them. Keep treats to the minimum to prevent them from getting bloated or obese.  If purchasing their kibble from the stores, Nutro Wholesome, and Blue Buffalo are among the preferred choices.

Training the Miniature Fox Terrier is a cakewalk if you implement the correct methods. Combine learning with fun and do not miss out on praising it for every milestone it meets.

Belonging to the family of ratters, it’s quite natural for them to have a chasing instinct for which obedience training is essential. Training the puppies on commands like “stay” and “stop” may help instill discipline in them.

They are alert and reserved with strangers, and training these dogs on socialization by exposing them to various people and situations would help them understand the difference between the good and the bad.

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