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Origin / History The Miniature Fox Terrier is a dog breed that has existed in Australia since the 1800s. It was said that this breed have been developed by crossing Fox Terrier type dogs with smaller Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers. It is also believed that the Whippet and English Toy Terrier played a role in the development of this breed. The goal of breeders was to develop a breed that can be used to hunt small games such as rabbits and rats.

By the late 1800s, Miniature Fox Terriers were already being used to eliminate snakes, rabbits, and rats in Australian farms. These dogs have even been used at Sydney's North Head Quarantine Station, the Brisbane City Council, and the Riverstone Meat Works to get rid of vermin.

In 1991, the breed club for the Miniature Fox Terrier was established. Although this breed is still relatively unknown outside of New Zealand and Australia, it is renowned in its native country. In fact, this dog breed is very much in demand in farms all over Australia.

Appearance The length of the body of the Miniature Fox Terrier must be in proportion to the dog's height. Dogs of this breed have a short coat that is fine and smooth. They have pointed ears that stand erect and are set high on the skull. The mouth of these dogs feature a strong jaw, and their teeth meet in a regular bite. Puppies are born with round-shaped feet, but after a few months, these grow gradually into oval-shaped feet. The tail of these dogs can be left naturally or docked, but there are some specimens of this breed that have a natural bobtail.

Colours There are only three acceptable colour combinations for the coat of this breed. These combinations include tan and white, black and white, and tri-colour (white, black, and tan).

Temperament Miniature Fox Terriers are active, inquisitive, adaptable, loyal, and fearless. Despite their small stature, they become fearless watchdogs at the first sign of alarm, danger, or suspicion. They are, however, also demure and friendly. They can get along well with children and other pets. Still, these dogs should not be left alone with pet vermin and reptiles because they will most likely treat them as prey.

Height and Weight The height of Miniature Fox Terriers range from 9.5 to 12 inches, and their weight falls between 7.7 and 12 pounds.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed have only few health problems because breeders of these dogs are working to screen breeding stock to prevent genetic health issues that are common in small dog breeds.

Living Conditions These dogs can adapt well to different environments and can live in both the city and the country. Considering their size, they can be kept in small spaces.

Exercise Requirements It's important for these dogs to get their daily dose of exercise. They should be taken out for long walks daily. They enjoy play sessions and games with their owners.

Training Requirements Dogs of this breed are fairly easy to train. Owners should, however, be able to display strong leadership skills so that these dogs will regard humans as being higher in pack rank than canines. Proper socialization should also commence at an early age.

Life Expectancy The life span of this dog breed is around 10 to 14 years.

Grooming The coat of these dogs does not need much grooming. The natural state of the coat is good enough even for the show ring. Owners should just brush the coat of Miniature Fox Terriers on a regular basis. Bathing and dry shampooing these dogs should be done only when necessary. The toenails of Miniature Fox Terriers, though, should be clipped regularly.

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