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The Miniature Fox Terrier, also known as the Mini Foxie and Toy Fox Terrier, is a small sized dog that was originally bred for hunting game and vermin. Miniature Fox Terriers have a short and smooth coat, which may get longer at the neck.
Mini Foxies tend to shed a lot of fur, so regular grooming is necessary. These dogs have nails that grow fast, so clipping their nails once a month to prevent issues is also recommended. Overall, Mini Foxies are easy to groom.
This beautiful, lively and courageous breed comes in a variety of colours that include black, white, brown, and tan, but they should be predominantly white with black and/or tan markings.
Both female and male Mini Foxies grow to between 24–30 cm. Mini Foxies tend to weigh no more than 6 kg (unless overfed). The life expectancy of Mini Foxies is up to 18 years, so it’s important to be prepared for that commitment when buying one.
Mini Foxies have a high level of exercise needs. It’s recommended that owners walk them daily. This breed also has high energy levels, so it’s important to allow them to use that energy throughout the day to avoid a restless dog at night. They may also have a tendency to bark. They make good family pets but keep in mind their high prey drive especially around other small furry animals like Guinea pigs or rats.
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This breed has a strong, confident, loyal, and defensive attitude. Due to the Mini Foxie’s temperament and history, they do better in households with slightly older children but they can be very defensive of small children if they are raised together.
Mini Foxies need regular training from a young age or they could suffer from small dog syndrome. They are very easy to train and do not require a lot of effort.
Mini Foxies get along well with other animals if they are raised together or introduced to each other as companions. They have a tendency to bark at strangers walking past the house and coming into your home.
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Miniature Fox Terriers were originally bred to fight off small vermin such as rats and rabbits. The breed came from crossing small Fox Terriers with Toy Manchester Terriers and English Toy Terriers.
It is known that Mini Foxies ancestors come from England. However, Mini Foxies were actually bred in Australia some time in the mid to late 19th century. They then moved from being a farmer’s best friend to also being a suburban family’s best friend.
Due to the breed’s strong hard-working history, Mini Foxies love to be pampered and treated like the king or queen of the household.
Mini Foxie Club of Australia: http://www.minifoxie.org/