Country of Origin: Australia
Group: Companion and Toy Dogs
Original Function: ratting, companion
Todays Function: companion
Dimension Male: 26- 31 cm
Dimension Female: 26- 31 cm
Weight Male: proportion to dog
Weight Female: proportion to dog
Litter Size: 2-4 puppies
Life span: 10-14 years
Other Names: Mini Fox Terrier, Mini Foxi, Mini Foxie, Little Fo
Colors: The body colour of the miniature fox terrier is mostly white, with tan and/or black patches and spot
Living: These dogs are adaptable and can adjust to city or country life. their size means they can adjust to
A diminutive, agile, sweet-faced terrier that retains the hunting instincts and tenacity of its larger terrier cousins. The breed is akin to the Toy Fox Terrier and is known colloquially as the ?Mini Foxie? in its native Australia. The Miniature Fox Terrier?s noble head is distinctive, with erect ears that may stand straight up or fold just at the tips. Another distinguishing feature is its articulate, oval-shaped foot. The breed standard has always allowed for the dog to be docked or undocked. Natural bobtails are known to occur. There are only three permitted color combinations: black and white, tan and white, and tri-color (black, white and tan).
Loyal, inquisitive, fearless, active and adaptable. Miniature Fox Terriers have an almost dual personality: at the first sign of suspicion, danger or alarm, the demure, pampered lapdog turns instantly into a fearless watchdog, tenacious vermin killer and intrepid hunter. They are good with children who are old enough to distinguish between a dog and a plush toy, and generally get along with other pets. However, like all terriers, the Mini Fox Terrier cannot distinguish between pet rodents or pet reptiles and vermin, and should not be left alone with such animals. Do not allow them to develop Small Dog Syndrome. Do not treat them like little humans. Remember they are a canine animal. Provide for them what they instinctually need as that animal. If you do not socialize this dog, and meet all of his canine instincts, he may develop a distrust with anything new or different, which can result in excessive alarm barking. It is important you take them out for daily pack walks.
Mini Foxies do best with at least moderate exercise. They need to be taken on a daily walk. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog"s mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. In addition, they will enjoy playing with toys and ?smart? games in the backyard. They will happily accompany their owners in more strenuous walks and hikes, even trotting behind a horse for short stretches!
Minimal. Mini Fox Terriers have short coats. They are always shown in a natural state. They must have regular toenail clippings.
Major concerns: none
Minor concerns: patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes, demodicosis, congenital hypothyroidism with goiter none
Occasionally seen: vWD none
Suggested tests: knee, thyroid, vWD, DNA for congenital hypothyroidism none