Species group: Toy Group dogs
Other name(s): Mini Foxie
The Miniature Fox Terrier could be considered the Australian version of the Toy Fox Terrier developed in the United States. They were probably developed from crosses between Fox Terriers and Manchester Terriers brought by the early Australian settlers who needed a light, fast dog to hunt down vermin ike rabbits and rodents. They are compact and cute, but don't underestimate them. Their ability to dig into tight places makes them a danger to small household pets like mice. In fact, because of their boldness, they might not hesitate to harass a much longer dog. On the plus side, the Mini Foxie's energetic spirit makes them popular in single pet homes, as well as on farms and ranches where they still work chasing pests.
Appearance / health:
The Miniature Fox Terrier is a small dog with erect V-shaped ears. The breed has a characteristic articulate, oval shaped foot. The short, fine coat requires minimal grooming.
Miniature Fox Terriers require moderate to heavy amounts of exercise in the form of daily long walks, play sessions, games, and regular outings with the family, etc.
The Miniature Fox Terrier is generally a healthy breed.
Behavior / temperament:
The Miniature Fox Terrier has a strong prey instinct and makes a good vermin killer. Yes, that means it may chase small pets, so think carefully if you already own small animals before choosing this cutie.
wonderful pets, watchdogs, funny little boy, Little Gentleman, personality, Brave little defender
energy, fidgety ani
foxies, minimal yard space, little body, natural rodent hunting
Brave little defender
Miniature fox terriers are full of life and personality. It is amazing how such a small dog can express so much feeling. When excited they have to jump and run, sometimes in manic circles around the backyard. It would be very hard to feel down in the dumps with a fox terrier in the house.
My husband's family owned three fox terriers while he was growing up although I only knew Elly, a beautiful girl who was eighteen years old when she passed away. She was a member of the family and is still missed today.
Fox terriers are great watch dogs and will warn you of anyone approaching the house. However they have a high-pitched yap which can be quite annoying if they are not trained at an early age to stop barking when told.
They are also fearless, brave little dogs who will not back down against a larger dog. This can be of concern if they ever do have to face a larger aggressive dog, as Toby did when a pitbull came into the yard. While protecting the children he was very badly injured and took many months to recover. It is awful to think what could have happened if Toby was not there, the brave little guy would have given his life for the children and very nearly did.
Fantastic with children, fox terriers are affectionate bundles of energy that will play all day and fill your family home with love and laughter. As we have just started our own family we will be getting a miniature fox terrier as soon as we have a backyard..
From Julia_Anne Feb 16 2014 7:55PM
Hill's makes great diets for your four-legged friends. They are a trusted company for not only the prescription diets but the science diets as well.
I gave Hill's Prescription diet c/d urinary care a 4 out of 5 stars for effectiveness because it is not a diet that works for every single patient. Every patient is different, therefore, not every patient will need Hills Prescription diet c/d. They may respond better to the Purina urinary diet or the Royal Canin Urinary SO diet. Veterinary medicine is all about looking at each patient individually to make sure their needs are met.
The reason for the 3.5 stars out of 5 for ease of use is due to palatability. Some dogs are just very finicky eaters. It may as simple a fix as to switch from Hill's c/d dry to Hill's c/d canned food to entice those picky canines. On the other hand, a completely different diet may need to be used. The important thing with pets that need to be on a prescription diet is to not feed any other food (table food or other dog foods). This will allow the prescription diet to work effectively and let the pet know that in order to eat they must eat the prescription diet. .
From JMalone CVT 68 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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