Mini Fox Pinscher

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6-10 lbs
United States
Miniature Pinscher
Mini Fox Terrier
Mini Fox Pin, Mini Finscher

Mini Fox Pins are small dogs with big personalities. They are an energetic and alert combination of the purebred Toy Fox Terrier and the “King of the Toys”, also known as the Miniature Pinscher. These dogs typically have robust health and live up to 15 years. On average, they weigh only 8 pounds and grow to be about 10 inches tall. Their most notable physical characteristics are their high-set erect ears and long legs, which contribute to the breed’s spritely appearance. They also have short, smooth, and fine coats that come in several color and pattern variations that are common to both of its parent breeds. Though the Mini Fox Pin may have been bred in the United States since the mid 1900s, it is not yet recognized by the American Kennel Club roster of purebred dogs. 

Date of Origin
Mid 1900s
Toy Fox Terrier, Miniature Pinscher

Mini Fox Pinscher Health

Average Size
Male Mini Fox Pinscher size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Female Mini Fox Pinscher size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Corneal Dystrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Blood Analysis
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Hormone Analysis
  • Cardiac Test

Mini Fox Pinscher Breed History

The Mini Fox Pin gets its name from its parent breeds: the Toy Fox Terrier and the Miniature Pinscher. The Toy Fox Terrier, a cross between the Smooth Fox Terrier and several toy breeds including the Italian Greyhound, Toy Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, and Chihuahua, is an All-American breed. It was developed in the early 1900s in the United States to hunt rodents, especially rats. However, the breed quickly became popular as a pet and show dog because of its size, agility, and quick wit. Since then, Toy Fox Terriers have developed a reputation for being loyal and amusing family companions. Because Toy Fox Terriers are relatively new and composed of several other purebreds, it took some time for the breed to stabilize. As such, it was only recently recognized as a purebred by the American Kennel Club in 2003. The history of the other parent, the Miniature Pinscher, is widely debated. It is generally agreed that these dogs date back thousands of years; however, the earliest documentation of this breed is only from 19th century Germany. Although it is not exactly clear how the Miniature Pinscher came to be, it is likely a descendent of the Standard German Pinscher, Italian Greyhound, Dachshund, as well as other small breed terriers. In fact, the word “Pinscher” means biter or terrier in German. Accordingly, it was bred widely in Germany and Scandinavian countries to hunt rats and small vermin. It started gaining popularity as a hunting and companion dog throughout Europe in the late 1800s. Eventually, the “Min Pin” migrated to North America by the early 20th century and was recognized by the AKC shortly thereafter in 1925. Today, it is known for its energy and authoritative presence, which is why some know Min Pins as “King of the Toys.” The hybrid of these two purebreds, the Mini Fox Pin, is fairly established and thought to have originated in the early 1900s when both parent breeds were present and popular in the United States. It was likely bred to create an energetic, robust, and small hunter and companion dog in the United States. Nonetheless, this hybrid is not recognized by the AKC and varies widely in temperament and appearance. Accordingly, Mini Fox Pin breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them.

Mini Fox Pinscher Breed Appearance

The Mini Fox Pin is a leggy toy breed with an alert expression and lean, athletic build. It has a light, prance-like gait that is underscored by the breed’s small, catlike feet. These small dogs typically weigh between 6 and 10 pounds and grow to be between 9 and 11 inches tall. They have a compact torso and refined face with dark, oval eyes, tapered muzzle, and slight scissor bite. Their notable ears – like both parent breeds – sit erect and high on the head. It is common for both parent breeds to have their tails docked; however, if left natural, the Mini Fox Pin’s tail will be medium length and contain a slightly upwards curl. The Mini Fox Pin’s fine coat is short, smooth, and straight. It comes in several color variations that are common to both parent breeds including white, black, brown, tan, and red.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Fox Pinscher eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Fox Pinscher nose
brown Mini Fox Pinscher nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Mini Fox Pinscher coat
black Mini Fox Pinscher coat
fawn Mini Fox Pinscher coat
brown Mini Fox Pinscher coat
red Mini Fox Pinscher coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mini Fox Pinscher straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Fox Pinscher Breed Maintenance

Though this breed has a short coat, it sheds moderately and can benefit from monthly stripping or brushing with a shedding blade or slicker brush. Beyond this, Mini Fox Pins are naturally groomed and easy to maintain. They are not, however, hypoallergenic and dog owners with allergies should steer clear of this breed. Mini Fox Pins require a monthly bath, as well as regular ear and eye cleanings. They should also have their nails clipped once or twice a month. Like all breeds, Mini Fox Pins should also have their teeth cleaned daily to avoid plaque buildup and other dental diseases. 

Brushes for Mini Fox Pinscher
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mini Fox Pinscher requires monthly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Fox Pinscher Temperament

If you’re looking for a dog with a big personality in a petite package, look no further than the Mini Fox Pin. This spunky dog is on one hand fearless and bold, and on the other hand, loyal and affectionate. Their inherent energy and alert disposition make them natural hunters and guardians, and they are not afraid to be vocal. These traits, however, also make Mini Fox Pins weary of other dogs and strangers. Thus, owners should make introductions to new friends cautiously. This breed is also notoriously stubborn and may require obedience training. Nonetheless, Mini Fox Pins are quite affectionate and quick to shower their owners and dog pals with kisses and attention. They are also eager to engage in games of all kinds and hold their chew toys in high regard. Though this breed may have a mind of its own, dog owners often fall in love with its vivacious nature. 

Mini Fox Pinscher Activity Requirements

Though known for its high energy, the Mini Fox Pin only requires light exercise amounting to about 20 to 30 minutes of daily activity. These pups enjoy short walks, a game of fetch with their owners, and/or a romp outside with other small dogs (depending on their temperament). These former hunters love to run around and have a very high tendency to wander and chase other small animals. Consequently, owners should always monitor their Mini Fox Pin when outside or in unfenced areas. Beyond this, Mini Fox Pins do well in all types of climates and environments. Given their size, they are particularly suited for urban and/or apartment living as long as they get enough love and affection from those around them.  

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
20 minutes

Mini Fox Pinscher Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$0.7 - $1
Monthly Cost
$20 - $30

Mini Fox Pinscher Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
Female Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 2 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs
Female Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at 12 months
Height: 8 inches Weight: 5 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs
Female Mini Fox Pinscher size stats at 18 months
Height: 10 inches Weight: 8 lbs

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