Miniature Fox Terrier
He is not recognized by the F.C.I.
|Mini Foxies, as they are often known, have been bred in Australia (under many different names) since the 19th century. These tenacious little terriers are descendants of fox terrier types bred in England and brought to Australia by early settlers. The breed has evolved in the same direction as the American Toy Fox Terrier. As far as we can tell, small, smooth fox terriers were crossed with Manchester terriers (Gentlemen's Terriers). Smaller puppies from these litters were later bred and crossed with other small breeds such as the English Toy Terrier, Whippet and Italian Greyhound. Breeders were looking for a light, fast dog that would retain the characteristics of the Fox Terrier, while hunting smaller pests such as rabbits and rodents. The Miniature Fox Terrier is an Australian breed that has been bred for generations. Its appearance is unique.
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a tiny, agile, soft-faced Terrier that retains the hunting instincts and tenacity of its larger Terrier cousins. The breed is similar 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 can stand straight or fold just at the tip. Another distinctive feature is the oval-shaped, jointed foot. The breed standard has always allowed the dog's tail to be docked or undocked. Natural kennels have been known to occur. Only three color combinations are permitted: black and white, beige and white and tricolor (black, white and beige).
Loyal, inquisitive, fearless, active and adaptable, Miniature Fox Terriers have an almost dual personality: at the first sign of suspicion, danger or alarm, the pampered guard dog instantly transforms 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 stuffed toy, and generally get along with other pets. However, like all terriers, Mini Fox Terriers can't distinguish between pet rodents or reptiles and vermin, and shouldn't be left alone with such animals. Don't allow them to develop small dog syndrome. Don't treat them like little humans. Remember that they are a canine animal. Provide them with what they instinctively need as an animal. If you don't socialize this dog and meet all its canine instincts, it may develop a distrust of something new or different, which can lead to excessive alarm barking. It's important to take your dog out for daily walks.
He generally has few health problems. Mini Fox Terriers have a strong constitution and are long-lived. Breeders who are members of the Mini Foxie Club of Australia select breeding stock against genetic problems common in small dogs.
These dogs are adaptable and can cope with city or country life. Their size means they can adapt to smaller spaces. They remain popular as a safe family dog, and their low maintenance and ability to have fun if given toys make them an excellent choice for singles and the elderly.
Mini Foxies do best with at least moderate exercise. They need to be walked every day. When walking, the dog should be heeled beside or behind the person holding the leash, because in a dog's mind, the leader leads the way, and that leader must be the human. What's more, they'll enjoy playing with "smart" toys and games in the backyard. They'll happily accompany their owners on more strenuous hikes and rides, even trotting behind a horse for short periods.
Mini Fox Terriers have short coats. They are always shown in a natural state. They should have regular toenail clippings.
Height at withers 26 to 31 cm. Weight should be in proportion to size.