Also called Mini Foxies in its native Australia, they are the descendants of fox terrier breeds from England that were brought to Australia by the early settlers. The breed is closely related to the Toy Fox Terrier and the Jack Russell Terrier and was a product of a careful breeding program. Small Smooth Fox Terriers were crossed with Manchester Terriers. The smaller puppies from these litters were chosen and crossed with other small breeds such as English Toy Terrier, Whipper and Italian Greyhound. The Mini Foxie is small, with a height of 9 to 12 inches and weight average of 12 pounds.
It has a distinctive head with erect ears. The ears either stand up straight or fold just at the tips. It has oval-shaped feet that is one of its unique characteristics. Its coat is short, fine and lies close to the body. There are only three allowed colour combinations for the breed: tan and white, black and white, and tricolor combination of black, white and tan.
They were originally bred with the purpose of creating a terrier that is light and fast while hunting smaller animals such as rabbits and rodents. Since the 19th century they have been valued in many Australian farms for their ability to perform this task. Nowadays, they are being recognized as a good household pet. They get along well with children and other animals, but not with smaller pets. They are loyal to their owner and family¸ active and adaptable. They have healthy constitutions and generally live long lives.