Miniature Fox Terrier
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a lightweight Australian breed developed for hunting rats, rabbits, and other vermin. The breed was most likely a cross between smaller Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers. This cross was later mixed with other toy breeds such as the Whippet and the English Toy Terrier in order to make it smaller and quicker. The breed was identifiable in the late 1800s and began to work on Australian farms. They were also often seen on the hunt. It eventually became a popular breed for city-dwellers as well. Breed clubs were formed in the 1980s and 1990s. The breed is still popular today, especially in Australia, as a working terrier and a farming help-mate.
The breed is balanced and small. It is a muscular breed, but not overtly. Its ears stand straight up on its distinctive head, and its tail can be either docked or undocked. Its foot is oval-shaped. The coat of the Miniature Fox Terrier is short and fine and can be black and white, tan and white, or tricolor.
The breed is a popular pet which can make an excellent worker, but it also does quite well as a house pet. The Miniature Fox Terrier is extremely loyal to its owner, and has a bold personality. It can also be very curious at times. The breed is excellent in a family and may get along with other animals, unless they are very small or vermin-like. In that situation, the breed’s hunting instinct will kick in.
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a generally healthy breed which is relatively low maintenance. It needs its nails clipped regularly and the occasional grooming.
The breed suffers from very few health issues, but it might have problems with luxating patella. It can generally live for 14 years.