Mini Fo-Tzu

8-13 lbs
9-14"
United States of America and Australia
Shih Tzu
Mini Fox Terrier
This hybrid breed has produced an adorable little dog who excels in the affection stakes and is very loving. The Mini Fo-Tzu is a peoples dog, they make ideal companions and great family pets. They are kind with children and love to be the centre of attention. They are quite active and will follow you around the house and out to the yard if you have one. These dogs are adaptable, fitting right in with life in an apartment. A daily walk will still be needed, and they love games which will delight the children. They don't bark much at all, and are tolerant to most climates even the heat but it depends on the coat they inherit. The Mini Fo-Tzu is a hybrid dog that has evolved in recent years, and they can vary in appearance due to what parent (the Toy Fox Terrier or the Shih-Tzu) genetics they may inherit.
Purpose
Companion, Agility
Date of Origin
1990s
Ancestry
Shih Tzu, Mini Fox Terrier

Mini Fo-Tzu Health

Average Size
Male Mini Fo-Tzu size stats
Height: 10-15 inches Weight: 10-15 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Tzu size stats
Height: 9-14 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Kidney Problems
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
  • Liver Problems
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
  • Ear Health and Infection
  • Reverse Sneezing
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Skin Allergies
  • Dental Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Liver Ultrasound
  • Ear Examination
  • Bile Acids
  • Blood And Urine Analysis
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Full Physical Examination
  • Skin Scraping Test for Allergies
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies
  • Dental and Oral Examinations
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Mini Fo-Tzu Breed History

The Mini Fo-Tzu doesn't have its own track record of the history of the breed as yet, but we can look to the parent breeds to determine more about his past. The Shih-Tzu origins are based in China or Tibet and it is an ancient breed that was treasured as a companion dog. They have a quiet nature and are very intelligent, and were known as the little lion dog because they did look like a miniature lion. They were often given in pairs as gifts to visiting nobles or people of consequence. In 1928 the first breeding pair of the Shih-Tzu arrived in England and became very popular as a companion dog. It was in 1969 that the breed was officially recognised by the American Kennel Club. Their history shows how people orientated they are and they love nothing more than curling up on your lap and being the centre of attention. With a past earned through loyalty and a loving nature, the Shih-Tzu honours its privileged past with quiet dignity. The Toy Fox Terrier had a different past history, being a working dog used to hunt small creatures such as squirrels, rabbits and rats. Their breed evolved from cross breeding the Smooth Fox Terriers with the Chihuahua and Manchester Terriers to achieve a smaller dog that was both fast and furious in the field. Travelling circuses adopted the little dog when they saw what a natural performer he was, and how easy they were to train. The Toy Fox Terrier loves to show off by demonstrating new tricks and will entertain the family for hours. Their history extends back to the 18th century and England but it branched out to be developed in the United States of American and Australia as well, where this gutsy little dog was used as both a hunter and a companion. 

Mini Fo-Tzu Breed Appearance

The Mini Fo-Tzu is an adorable little dog with a lovely nature. They are a small dog only reaching about 15 inches in height. But what they may lack in height, they make up for in appearance. These attractive dogs have a well proportioned lightweight body and short to medium legs with small rounded paws. The have a dainty face that is rounded at the top, and supports two wide set ears that are semi erect, with the tips of the ear bending over forwards giving them a quizzical appearance. Combine this with a small pointed muzzle, and black button nose and round dark eyes that sparkle with glee and anticipation and there you have the Mini Fo-Tzu - a real crowd pleaser. The coat is mildly fluffy and they often have feathering on their face and legs, the tail is average in length, semi fluffy, and held proudly. This hybrid breed come in a variety of enticing colors.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Fo-Tzu eyes
Brown
amber Mini Fo-Tzu eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Fo-Tzu nose
Black
brown Mini Fo-Tzu nose
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mini Fo-Tzu wavy coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Fo-Tzu Breed Maintenance

The Mini Fo-Tzu can vary in maintenance requirements due to the diversity of the coat that they may inherit. The Mini Fox Terrier influence can be seen in the short coat that can be smooth or wiry in texture while the Shih Tzu influence demonstrates a thicker coat that is both longer and denser. So the care program will vary depending on the coat. But usually a good brushing twice per week to avoid matting and just rid any shed hair is all that is required. Bath only when it is required, and use a speciality dog shampoo. Toenails on dogs grow quite fast, so a regular check and a clip will keep them in check. Regardless of the dog breed, all dogs should have their eyes and ears checked each week to avoid health issues. Clean gently in these areas as they are delicate and can be injured easily. Finally any maintenance program should finish with the brushing of the dogs teeth to main the oral health and avoid any 'doggy' breath.
Brushes for Mini Fo-Tzu
Pin Brush
Dematter
Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mini Fo-Tzu requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Fo-Tzu Temperament

Loving and affectionate, this dog loves to be the life of the party. This makes the Mini Fo-Tzu a true companion and an ideal family pet. They almost look like a small furry toy, but can be quite robust and boisterous when they want to be. While they don't mind a little bit of time on their own, if left too long they may develop separation anxiety. They do prefer to be the centre of attention and have many tricks to ensure they remain so. These dogs respond well to training as he will listen carefully to your instructions. Being eager to please, they require less repetitions before they master a lesson. Rewards and praise work well with these eager little dogs, and they respond to encouragement and a positive tone of voice. They can be a little sensitive to tone, so ensure you are consistent during training and make it fun. They are ideal with children, bonding well and may even want to sleep on their beds. These dogs are not barkers as such, they may warn of strangers with a woof or two, but they know when to stop.

Mini Fo-Tzu Activity Requirements

The Mini Fo-Tzu is active in the home, and will want to be doing whatever it is you are doing. They still require a daily walk which will keep them fit and will help with their socialising. They are good with children, so games will be welcomed. Chasing a ball or a game of tug of war or learning a new trick to show everyone will keep this dog happy and contented.  The Mini Fo-Tzu doesn't need a yard but will enjoy exploring it if you have one. They adapt well to apartment living or homes with a pocket sized fenced yard. These dogs are popular so a secure environment is important to prevent your pet from being stolen. The pet park is a great place where they can run free and socialise with their dog friends and other humans.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
9 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Mini Fo-Tzu Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$26.00 - $36.00

Mini Fo-Tzu Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 5 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at six months
Height: 4 inches Weight: 4 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at 12 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 12 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Female Mini Fo-Tzu size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 10 lbs

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