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|Although the origins of the Mini Foxie are English, the breed was
developed in, and is endemic to Australia. It is akin to the Toy
Fox Terrier, a breed that developed along similar lines in the
United States. Some Toy Fox Terrier owners can trace their
dogs’ pedigrees to "Foiler", the first Fox Terrier registered by
the Kennel Club in Britain, circa 1875-6, and although to date no
such credentials have turned up for Mini Foxies in Australia, the
similarities between the two breeds support the idea that they
had the same source, British fox terriers of the 19th Century.
They are not alone in this; other related breeds include the Jack
Russell Terrier, the Rat Terrier, and the Tenterfield Terrier.
Mini Foxies most likely originated when smaller fox terrier types
were crossed with Manchester Terriers, and, later, to other toy
breeds such as the English Toy Terrier. Hunters were seeking a
smaller, speedy fox terrier that could be used for hunting
smaller pests such as rats and rabbits. Such dogs were brought
to Australia by settlers; one MFCA breeder can trace the
breeding of Mini Fox Terriers by her family back to the days of
settlement. By the late 1800s, the breed type was clearly
identifiable, where the Little Fox Terrier proved its worth
against rabbits, rats, and snakes on Australian farms. The
mortality rate of these little dogs must have been extremely
high and it is a tribute to their hardiness that the breed survived.
Mini Foxies demonstrated tenacity, endurance, and extreme
loyalty to their owners; the dogs were routinely taken on the
hunt, were sometimes used in search parties, and were used at
Sydney’s North Head Quarantine Station as vermin
The dog’s vigilance, size, affectionate temperament, and ease of
care soon resulted in its becoming a popular choice in urban
centres as well; they were well established by the 1920s and by
the 1950s the Miniature Fox Terrier was iconic. So well known
and popular was the “Little Foxie” that very little thought was
given to the need to preserve its lines.
By the 1980s, the interest in dog fancy, the looming spectre of
proposed breed-specific legislation, and increasing concerns
about the need to protect purebred dogs led a group of
enthusiasts to begin meeting informally to consider the future of
these little dogs. In 1986 the Miniature Fox Terrier Club of
Australia was formed. The founding members sought advice from
senior members of the Royal NSW Canine Council and a breed
standard was then developed for the breed.
This is a balanced, smoothly-muscled dog breed; its head is
distinctive, with erect ears that can stand straight up or fold at
the tips. It has expressive dark eyes and a wedge shaped head.
An important distinguishing feature is its articulate, oval-shaped
foot. The breed standard has always allowed for the dog's tail to
be docked or undocked. Natural bobtails are known to occur.
There are only three permitted colour combinations: black and
white, tan and white, and tricolour (black, white, and tan). The
coat of the Mini Foxie is always short and fine.
THE MINIATURE FOX TERRIER TODAY
The popularity of the Mini Foxie is growing internationally, but
they are still relatively unknown outside of Australia. The "Little
Foxie" is renowned in its native land. Several parliamentarians
made reference to the breed during recent legislative hearings
on canine issues. ‘Pasqua’ and ‘Fergus’ owned by Anthony Field of
The Wiggles, are Mini Foxies, and Ian Thorpe, the Australian
Olympic swimmer, has spoken fondly of Tiny, his Miniature Fox
Terrier, in several interviews.
Today, the Mini Foxie is still very much a working terrier, and is
in demand on farms across Australia. They remain popular as
pets and enjoy playing the pampered pooch. As long as their
active minds are kept stimulated with games or toys and they
receive at least moderate exercise, they make excellent urban
and apartment dwellers.
(History of the Mini Foxie - courtesy of the Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc)