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Mini Foxy


The Mini Foxy sometimes has two personalities. When kept as a farm dog or wild animal hunter, it is strong, brave, and confident. When kept as a family pet, it is affectionate, friendly, and loyal.

Because of its hunting history, it becomes fearless at the first sign of danger or suspicion, making it a great watchdog. But while tenacious, it can turn into a fun and loving dog that is good with children and other pets.

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The Ultimate Guide to Mini Foxies

Also known as the Miniature Fox Terrier, the Mini Foxy is a small Australian dog originally developed for hunting. It is the descendant of the Fox Terriers that were bred in England and brought to Australia in the 1800s.

Mini Foxy Origins

The origin of the Miniature Fox Terrier is not completely clear. It is said that this dog originated in England sometime in the 1800s. It was most likely bred from crosses between a variety of terriers including the Fox Terrier, English Toy Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, and Whippet.

By the late 1900s, the Mini Foxy was endemic to Australia. Because of its tenacious nature, it was used as a hunter, vermin exterminator, and search and rescue dog. Today, it is a popular family pet.

In 1936, the Miniature Fox Terrier was registered by the United Kennel Club. In 2003, it was recognised by the American Kennel Club.


Key Characteristics of Mini Foxies

Are Mini Foxies family-friendly? Yes, they are. However, they are not recommended for very young children due to their small size and fragile body.
Daily exercise needs? Two walks a day is recommended as the Mini Foxy has a high energy level.
Common health issues & considerations While a fairly healthy breed, the Miniature Fox Terrier is still susceptible to certain health issues including the following:

  • Patellar luxation
  • Demodectic mange
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Epilepsy
Lifespan 12 to 18 years
Nature / Temperament Loving, tenacious, fearless, active, protective, and loyal
Size Weight

Three to six kilograms


26 to 31 cm

Suitable Environment  The Mini Foxy is adaptable and can do well in both urban and rural settings. Because of its size, it is suitable for small apartments and homes with or without a yard.
Grooming Regular grooming is recommended as this dog tends to shed a lot. Brush its coat twice a week. Clip its nails once a month. Brush its teeth two to three times a week.

Other Considerations:

  • The Mini Foxy tends to bark at strangers so early socialisation is suggested.
  • This dog likes to be given attention. It can become unhappy when left alone for long periods.
  • While it can get along fine with other dogs, the Mini Foxy should not be left unsupervised around large ones. This is because it tends to challenge bigger dogs.

Average cost of a Mini Foxy

Mini Foxies typicaly range between $1000 and $5000AUD.

How can I take care of my Mini Foxy?


The recommended number of meals per day for Mini Foxies that are six months old or younger is three to four. Two meals a day are suggested for puppies six months old to one year. One meal daily is typically enough for dogs one year or older.

When feeding your Miniature Fox Terrier, it is advised to use high-quality dry food. You can add broth, cottage cheese, cooked eggs, fruits, and vegetables into your dog’s diet. Remember to always give it access to clean water.


Mini Foxies tend to shed, so it is suggested to brush their coat at least twice a week. Make it a habit to also check for fleas and ticks daily.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • Most Mini Foxies only need to be bathed a few times a year. Use dog shampoo and rinse your dog’s coat completely.
  • Check your dog’s breath regularly for bad odour as this is a sign of unhealthy bacteria.
  • Examine your Mini Foxy’s ears regularly for signs of infection such as wax and redness.


Because of its high energy level, this dog needs moderate exercise. Take your Mini Foxy on daily walks to prevent it from getting restless in the evening. Let it play with toys, retrieve objects, or accompany you on hikes so it stays in shape.


The Miniature Fox Terrier is intelligent and loves to please, making it easy to train. Use a firm approach and be consistent every time. To motivate your dog, use positive reinforcement and reward it with treats.

To ensure your Mini Foxy does not suffer from small dog syndrome, training it at a young age is suggested. Socialisation is essential if you want it to grow into a well-rounded dog. It is recommended that you expose your dog to different people, places, animals, and situations.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Mini Foxy Questions

What does a Mini Foxy look like?

A Miniature Fox Terrier has erect ears and oval-shaped feet. Its coat is short, smooth, and fine. It comes in several colour combinations such as tan and white, black and white, and tricolour.

Does a Mini Foxy shed a lot?

Due to its short, smooth coat, this dog tends to shed an average amount of fur.

What’s the price of a Mini Foxy?

Mini Foxies typically cost between AUD $1,000 and $4,000. To ensure you get a healthy dog that has a sound temperament, avoid buying from a pet store or puppy mill. Instead, look for a reputable breeder.

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