Miniature Fox Terrier Information

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(Mini Fox Terrier) (Mini Foxi) (Mini Foxie) The Miniature Fox Terrier breed is known as the 'Mini Foxie' in its native Australia. There are only three permitted color combinations: black and white, tan and white, and tri color (black, white and tan). Full-colored coats are not permitted.  The coat must be short, fine, and smooth – a wiry or coarse coat is considered a fault. The Miniature Fox Terrier has pointed, erect ears set high on the skull - however ear tips that fold over slightly are not faulted. The eyes are dark in color, medium sized and oval in shape. The mouth has a strong jaw with a regular bite – overshot or undershot jaws are considered faults. The length of the body should be in proportion to its height. The foot of the adult Mini Foxie is a distinctive oval shape, not round.   Pups have round shaped feet for a few months, gradually maturing to an oval shaped foot.   The tail can be docked or undocked, or it can be a natural bobtail.   The Mini Foxie is a fine boned dog; weight should never exceed 12 pounds.

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The Mini Foxie is good with children - as long as they are treated well. They make loving, very loyal pets and fearless watchdogs. The breed usually gets along with other pets of the same size or larger. It is not safe to leave them alone with household pets smaller than themselves - like all terriers it is their instinct to hunt and destroy vermin and they cannot tell the difference between the two.

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9.5-12 inches
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7.7-12 pounds
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General Health

The Mini Fox Terrier is bred to have a strong constitution. Breeders (members of the Mini Foxie Club of Australia) screen breeding stock to ensure that no genetic problems are passed on. When properly cared for, this terrier can live up to fourteen years.

This breed lives 14 to 16 years on average.

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The Mini Fox Terrier has been bred in Australia since the 1800s.  It is theorized that the Smooth Fox Terrier was crossed with the Manchester Terrier. The smaller puppies were then possibly bred with other small breeds, such as the dogs now known as the English Toy Terrier.  The goal was to create a light, fast dog with the characteristics of the Fox Terrier, but small enough to be able to hunt smaller pests such as rabbits and rodents. Mini Foxies breed true to type and outcrossing to other breeds is forbidden.

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This breed does not need a great deal of maintenance. Their coats are short - and they are always shown in a natural state. Their toenails must be clipped on a regular basis.

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Ideal Environment

The Mini Foxie can be both a working terrier and an excellent small family dog, either in an apartment or in a house, as long as they are kept active.  They are intelligent and enjoy games, and playing with toys. They should get plenty of exercise.

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Miniature Fox Terrier Q&A

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how much do miniature fox terriers usually weigh and cost?

Fox terriers should weigh less than 12 lb and some could cost $250


I have a Mini Fox-Chiuauha mix and she has been in heat for THREE months... How is this POSSIBLE for such a small dog??!!


how old does a miniature fox terrier female have to be before you can breed from her?

Ideally at least 2 and a half years old


I have a min fox and he is always shaking like he is nervous and he has now developed a rash and scratches all the time. What can I do as I already know that he is allergic to fleas

Your dog may also have other allergies such as food - you should see your Vet for a diagnosis - medication is now readily available to relieve most allergy symptoms


I have a min fox and he is always shaking like he is nervous and he has now developed a rash and scratches all the time. What can I do as I already know that he is allergic to fleas

My litlle Oreo 'toy fox' was in bad shape when I got him a ring of missing fur and hot pink skin it and a crazy amount of fleas! But I got him some skin care from petco ":Hartz hydrocotisone spray with aloe". It work for him.....


I have justed adopted a mini fox terrier mix? He is 2 years old in great health. He only has a spurt of energy once in awhile is that normal? He sleeps a lot, I have only had him for 5 days. He enjoys his walks but for a short distance.

I had a similar situation where I adopted a 3 year old mini fox. He slept when he first got to my apartment and was a pretty calm dog. But eventually came around. We are in a training class now and he is still a pretty mellow dog but I think the longer he is with you the more you will start to see his personality come out.


i am considering getting a mini foxi, he is 4 months old. i live in an apartment and work from 9am-5pm so he would be left alone inside. i would walk him in the morning before work and after work but worried about leaving him alone all day... any thoughts??

It wouldn't be fair to a pet to leave him in the house or apartment all day without companionship. Dogs are social creatures and need family or pack around them. How would we feel if we were left alone for 9-10 hours a day everyday with only two 30 minute walks per day to keep our bodies and minds stimulated.


Do the toy foxes like to swim?


I am thinking about getting a miniature fox terrier. Is it o.k. if it stays in the backyard from 8:15am - 12:00pm?

no, its not safe for it to be alone like that outside, like all small prey it can be taken by a hawk or an animal thats loose with rabies, you never know what can appear in your yard at any time


I recently adopted a great little dog which ,after some research believe is a miniature fox terrier. Bob tail ,oval feet,tan markings on head ,white body and tipped down ears. Everyone who encounters her thinks shes a jack russel terrier! How can I find out for sure ?

google "dog dna test kit". this can tell you your dog's ancestry, and other useful info.

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