Mini Foxillon

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5-7 lbs
8-11"
United States
Miniature Fox Terrier
Papillon
Foxillon, Toy Foxillon, Papiox, Toy Papiox

Mini Foxillons are a mix between a Toy Fox Terrier and Papillon. They can live up to 15 years old and are known for being energetic, smart, and spirited lapdogs. When full grown, Mini Foxillons generally weigh between 5 and 8 pounds and grow to be 8 to 11 inches tall.  They have big personalities and look like stalky Toy Fox Terriers with a slightly longer coat. This breed has been bred for decades for its convenient size and lively personality. Still, it is not fully stabilized or recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) roster of purebred dogs. 

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
1950s
Ancestry
Toy Fox Terrier, Papillon

Mini Foxillon Health

Average Size
Male Mini Foxillon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 6-8 lbs
Female Mini Foxillon size stats
Height: 8-11 inches Weight: 5-7 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Deafness
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Lens Luxation
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Mitral Valve Disease
  • Legg-Calve Perthes Disease
Minor Concerns
  • Cataract
  • Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Follicular Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examination
  • Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER)
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Buccal Mucosal Screening
  • Skin Biopsy
  • Orthopedic Exam
  • Hormone Analysis

Mini Foxillon Breed History

The Mini Foxillon get its name from its parent breeds: the Toy Fox Terrier and the Papillon. The Papillon is an ancient breed that originated over 700 years ago in France and was very popular with European royalty and elite. Papillons can even be identified in Italian frescoes and paintings as early as the 13th century. Interestingly, this breed originally had pendant ears. Over time, however, it developed the erect ears that we recognized it by today. In fact, many litters still produce puppies with both types of ears. Papillons became popular in North America during the early 20th century, and the AKC recognized the breed in 1915. The Mini Foxillon’s other parent, the Toy Fox Terrier, originated in the United States in the early 1900s and descended from the Smooth Fox Terrier and other toy breeds including the Italian Greyhound, Toy Manchester Terrier, Miniature Pinscher, and Chihuahua. It was originally bred for hunting small vermin; however, because of its size, intelligence, and energy, Toy Fox Terriers became common performance animals in shows and circuses during the 20th century. The breed was officially recognized as a Toy Group by the AKC in 2003. The product of these two breeds, the Mini Foxillon, is suspected to have originated in the early to mid-1900s when both parent breeds were present and popular in the United States. Mini Foxillons were likely bred for the amicable dispositions of the Papillons and the intelligence of the Toy Fox Terrier. Though they are not recognized by the AKC, this hybrid is fairly established among the designer breeds. Still, it can vary widely in temperament and appearance and breeders should be thoroughly researched if you are considering purchasing a puppy from them. 

Mini Foxillon Breed Appearance

A Mini Foxillon is a small, well-balanced dog that inherits physical characteristics from both its parent breeds. It typically weighs between 5 and 8 pounds and grows to be between 8 and 11 inches tall. This breed’s most notable characteristic is its bat ears that stand erect and high-set on its small head. Mini Foxillons also have dark, round eyes and a black or brown nose. Their dainty muzzles are tapered and completed by a clean scissor bite. This breed comes in multicolor combinations of black, white, red, and fawn with a possible sable pattern. Mini Foxillons tend to have short to medium length coats that are straight and silky to the touch. If the dog takes after the Papillon parent, it can have slight feathering around the ears, feet, paws, and underbelly.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Foxillon eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Foxillon nose
Black
brown Mini Foxillon nose
Brown
Coat Color Possibilities
black Mini Foxillon coat
Black
white Mini Foxillon coat
White
red Mini Foxillon coat
Red
fawn Mini Foxillon coat
Fawn
sable Mini Foxillon coat
Sable
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Mini Foxillon straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Foxillon Breed Maintenance

Mini Foxillons are not a hypoallergenic breed and thus are not suitable for pet owners with allergies. Their silky coats range from short to medium in length, shed moderately, and require occasional grooming with a shedding blade or slicker brush. If your Mini Foxillon’s coat is particularly long, owners can trim feathered parts around the eyes, ears, and paws to avoid infections or mobility obstructions. This breed requires a monthly bath in which the ears and eyes are cleaned meticulously. Like all breeds, Mini Foxillons should also have their teeth cleaned daily to avoid plaque buildup and other dental diseases. 

Brushes for Mini Foxillon
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Mini Foxillon requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Foxillon Temperament

Mini Foxillons are known as wonderful family companions. They are alert, intelligent, and playful animals that require a lot of attention. They enjoy learning tricks, playing games such as fetch with their owners, and messing around with toys of all kinds. It follows that restless or neglected Mini Foxillons are likely to become “barky”, whiny, or destructive in the home. When it comes to other animals and children, Mini Foxillons are not the friendliest creatures. This breed can, however, learn to be approachable with early and consistent socialization. Beyond this, Mini Foxillons are very loyal and eager to please their owners. As a result, they are fairly easy to train and enjoy being showered with praise and attention for good behavior. In fact, because this breed is so people-oriented, it does best in stable homes where it has consistent company and day-to-day activities. Overall, these spunky pets thrive in structured environments where play and praise are high priorities. 

Mini Foxillon Activity Requirements

The Mini Foxillon is an athletic breed that requires daily moderate exercise that amounts to about 20 to 45 minutes of activity every day. They may enjoy a walk, trip to the dog park (depending on their temperament), and/or playtime with their owners. They are fast and agile runners with a tendency to wander and hunt, so owners should not leave Mini Foxillons unattended when outside or in unfenced areas. Otherwise, Mini Foxillons do well in all types of climates and environments. In fact, they are particularly suited for urban and/or apartment living so long as they get enough human attention. Mini Foxillons are truly at their happiest when they receive a healthy dose of bonding time with their owners – no matter the activity.  

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

Mini Foxillon Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
Daily Cost
$0.70 - $1.00
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00

Mini Foxillon Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Foxillon size stats at six months
Height: 7 inches Weight: 4 lbs
Female Mini Foxillon size stats at six months
Height: 6 inches Weight: 3 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Foxillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Mini Foxillon size stats at 12 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Foxillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 7 lbs
Female Mini Foxillon size stats at 18 months
Height: 9 inches Weight: 6 lbs

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