Mini Fo-Chon

5-8 lbs
United States
Bichon Frise
Mini Fox Terrier
The Mini Fo-Chon comes from two parents of different breeds, the Bichon Frise and the Toy Fox Terrier. It is a small dog with a big attitude and seems to think it is a big dog. While it may be small, it combines the sturdy frame of the Bichon with the elegant athletic body of the Terrier. Sporting an appealing face and large bright eyes that miss nothing, these dogs are dedicated to their owners and will stick to them like glue. They always want to know what you are doing and how they can help. The Mini Fo-Chon can come in an array of colors from all white to a mix of colors and textures due to the Toy Fox Terriers influence. They make great house dogs, are ideal with family and display a protective nature to their people. Size is of no consequence when it comes to the Mini Fo-Chon, they will throw all their efforts at a stranger until reassured they are a friend. Funny, cute, comical and full of energy, the Mini Fo-Chon is destined to be a popular family companion.
purpose Purpose
Companion dog , Agility
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Bichon Frise, Mini Fox Terrier

Mini Fo-Chon Health

Average Size
Male Mini Fo-Chon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-10 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Chon size stats
Height: 8-10 inches Weight: 5-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Epilepsy
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Eye Infections
  • Canine Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infections such as Otitis interna/media
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Physical and Neurologic Examination
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests
  • Hearing and Ear Tests
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • Eye Examinations (both internal as well as external)

Mini Fo-Chon Breed History

Here is a look into the history of the Mini Fo-Chon'sĀ  parents, the Bichon Frise and the Toy Fox Terrier. The Bichon Frise has a clouded history although an educated guess hints to the Mediterranean. French sailors were recorded in the 14th century as bringing them home from Tenerife. But regardless how it arrived in Europe, it quickly claimed the hearts of royalty and nobles with its winning ways. This occurred not only in France and Spain, but in England too, where King Henry III of the 16th century carried them wherever he went. Even Napoleon III fell for these cute little dogs. But by the 1800s their popularity waned, and it was only French breeders after World War 1 who took a keen interest in saving the breed. The Bichon Frise landed in the United states in 1956 and was formerly recognised by the American Kennel Club in 1975. Their good looks and soft fluffy toy-like appearance have stolen many hearts since then.Ā Terriers have a long history in England, dating back as far as the 1500s. The smooth haired Fox Terrier was developed to chase foxes from the den for the hunters. These agile dogs varied considerably in their size. The smaller dogs were popular as they were so active and fast on their feet. They were excellent rat hunters and kept vermin at bay from businesses and homes. In the mid-1920s, breeders tried to get the smaller dog classified as a breed of its own, which was finally accomplished in 1936. Debate has raged since then about making the breed even smaller, with breeders introducing the Chihuahua and the Toy Manchester to achieve their aim. The Toy Fox Terrier gained acceptance in 2003 with the American Kennel Club. This small dog is feisty, nosy, affectionate, and protective of its family.

Mini Fo-Chon Breed Appearance

The Mini Fo-Chon is an attractive dog, and while small, it is quite a sturdy animal with a big attitude. The head is small and dainty with a pointed muzzle with teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The top of the head is rounded and the ears wide set and can vary from floppy ears held close to the head, to alert and held high ears. The body is well proportioned and solid, supported by quite long legs on small rounded paws. They tail can be either fluffy and curled up over its back, or short and straight. Round dark sparkling eyes show their alertness and willingness to be with you, while the nose is often black or dark brown with large nostrils. It is the coat that varies so much, from short and sleek to soft and fluffy, depending on what parent genetics they inherited. This small active dog is a real winner in personality and appearance.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Fo-Chon eyes
amber Mini Fo-Chon eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Fo-Chon nose
brown Mini Fo-Chon nose
Coat Color Possibilities
brown Mini Fo-Chon coat
white Mini Fo-Chon coat
pied Mini Fo-Chon coat
brindle Mini Fo-Chon coat
cream Mini Fo-Chon coat
fawn Mini Fo-Chon coat
black Mini Fo-Chon coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Fo-Chon wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Fo-Chon Breed Maintenance

The Mini Fo-Chon requires minimal maintenance unless it inherits the Bichon Frise's soft curly coat. The coat is a low shedder but still requires a good brushing once or twice a week to keep it mat free. The Mini Fo-Chon will enjoy the fussing of having its coat pampered, its teeth brushed, and regular checking of its ears and eyes. These are dogs that don't just like human company, they really need it. Bathing is only required should they get dirty on a wet day, or if they roll in something smelly while out exploring. It is important to clip their nails but be careful not to clip too low and hurt them.
Brushes for Mini Fo-Chon
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Fo-Chon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Fo-Chon Temperament

Intelligent, a fast learner, and a willingness to please makes the Mini Fo-Chon a pleasure to train and live with. These agile dogs are quick learners, especially if they take after the parent Fox Terrier. Their aptitude for learning tricks and showing off is legendary. The Mini Fo-Chon inherits a mellow personality that is both affectionate and loyal. They love their people and will claim your lap as their own, and will stick to you closely as you go from room to room. They can get anxious if left alone for too long, so if you are away all day then these little dogs are not for you. They crave your company and attention. In return, they will warn you of any prowlers or strangers and will be very persistent in letting you know. They fit in well in an apartment but still need a daily walk. These dogs enjoy a fenced yard if there is one, and will explore every inch of it. They can be quite sensitive in nature, responding to your every tone. Rewards and a ton of praise is the way to get them to do what you want, and consistent but kind methods of training are required. The Mini Fo-Chon is a gentle dog with children, and if raised with other animals will interact kindly. But there is a tendency to chase after a moving object, so early socialising and teaching of the rules are important for these active little dogs.

Mini Fo-Chon Activity Requirements

The Mini Fo-Chon will get a lot of its exercise from following you around the house or property as they like to be by your side. Although this will keep them fit, they still need a daily walk or some time at the dog park to let off steam and burn up some energy. If they are more towards the Fox Terrier in character, it would pay to keep them on a leash when out walking, as the hunting instinct can still be strong. One whiff of an enticing trail and they may take off. They love games at home and will play happily with the children for hours. When these dogs are puppies they are very small, so teach the children to be very gentle so they don't get injured. But other than that, the Mini Fo-Chon is as engaging as his name.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
70 minutes
activity minutes

Mini Fo-Chon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2 cups
cup per day cost cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $2.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $35.00
food bag monthly cost

Mini Fo-Chon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Fo-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 4.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Chon size stats at six months
Height: 4.0 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Fo-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Chon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Fo-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Chon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 6.5 lbs

Mini Fo-Chon Owner Experiences

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