Mini Jafox

6-10 lbs
United States
Japanese Chin
Mini Fox Terrier
The Mini Jafox is a hybrid of the Japanese Chin and the Miniature Fox Terrier.  The calm, lap dog qualities of the Japanese Chin parent significantly reduce the high-energy output of the Mini Fox Terrier parent, but this designer dog still has a high daily exercise needs.  The Mini Jafox is well-suited for urban living and prefers all day indoor living.  The Mini Jafox is very similar to the Jafox but usually stands slightly taller and may be mistaken for its close cousin.  Being so closely related to the Jafox, only one registry distinctly recognizes the Mini Jafox; the Designer Dog Registry.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Fox Terrier and Japanese Chin

Mini Jafox Health

Average Size
Male Mini Jafox size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Female Mini Jafox size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 6-10 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Pateller Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Mitral Valve Disease
Occasional Tests
  • Radiographs
  • Thyroid Testing
  • Complete Physical Examination

Mini Jafox Breed History

The Mini Jafox is a designer hybrid of the Miniature Fox Terrier and the Japanese Chin; two breeds with very different outlooks on life.  The goal of crossbreeding the two parents is to produce a dog with the best qualities of both sides, which is not always the outcome.  The Mini Jafox may vary significantly in both looks and disposition, given the two parent breeds.  Little is known on the Mini Jafox, so owners can review the histories of the parent breeds to help understand their dog's history. The Miniature Fox Terrier is akin with the Toy Fox Terrier and not considered a separate breed.  However, the Miniature Fox Terrier developed in Australia whereas the Toy Fox Terrier developed in the United States.  Both dogs are closely related to the Fox Terrier of England but were crossbred with smaller dogs, such as the Manchester Terrier and the Chihuahua to reduce the Mini Fox Terrier's size.  The Mini Fox Terrier became popular in Australia as a small vermin hunter in the early 20th Century and is often referred to as the "Little Foxie."  Though a parent club exists in Australia for the promotion of the breed and preservation of its standards, the Miniature Fox Terrier is not a recognized breed of the American Kennel Club or the Australian National Kennel Club. The Japanese Chin is an ancient breed of China, despite its name.  The breed developed in the Chinese Imperial court and was often given as a gift to visiting dignitaries.  It is believed the small dog was gifted to a Japanese Emperor who dubbed the breed chin, which in Japanese, refers to separate being as is separated from inu, which is Japanese for dog.  The Japanese Chin lived in relative obscurity in the East until trade routes open with the West in the 19th Century and the small Japanese Chin was introduced to Europe and the Americas.  The Japanese Chin was first recognized by the West as the Japanese Spaniel but later had its name changed to the Japanese Chin in honor of its rich history.  The American Kennel Club recognized the Japanese Chin in 1888.

Mini Jafox Breed Appearance

The Mini Jafox is a small dog bordering on toy-sized depending on which parent breed the hybrid most resembles.  The coats of the two parents are vastly different; one is short and smooth and the other long and soft.  The Mini Jafox will most likely have short to medium length soft hair in two colors with white as the based color.  Black, tan, fawn, brown, and red may make up the second color in large patches on the face and head.  The Mini Jafox's head is round and in proportion with its compact, square-shaped body.  The muzzle is short and broad, not tapered, with a small black nose.  The Jafox's eyes are set wide apart and are large and dark with a kind, lively expression.  The legs are thin the medium boned and may be slightly short, but otherwise, the body is square in appearance with a short tail.  The tail may also curl over the back and have some plumage if the coat resembles the Japanese Chin.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Jafox eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Jafox nose
brown Mini Jafox nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Mini Jafox coat
black Mini Jafox coat
brown Mini Jafox coat
red Mini Jafox coat
fawn Mini Jafox coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Jafox straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Jafox Breed Maintenance

The Mini Jafox is easy to maintain but is not a hypoallergenic dog.  The coat, no matter which parent breed the Mini Jafox resembles, will have a soft, silky coat.  The hair is usually medium in length and may be slightly longer on the ruff and legs.  A pin brush will help remove most of the dead and loose hair and the silky texture of the coat will easily release any dirt or debris while brushing.  The Mini Jafox does not need frequent bathing, and you can avoid required baths with weekly grooming and using pet wipes as necessary.  The hair around the ears may be longer so check the Mini Jafox's ears while brushing him and remove any build up.
Brushes for Mini Jafox
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Jafox requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Jafox Temperament

The Mini Jafox has a far more mellow temperament their other Mini Fox Terrier hybrids thanks to the easy-going nature of the Japanese Chin.  They are affectionate with family and make for excellent alarm barkers against strangers and other threats.  The Japanese Chin parent, while affectionate with children, is delicate whereas the Mini Fox Terrier parent may be snappish with kids if teased so this hybrid is not the best choice for small children.  However, with proper socialization of the dog and education of your children, the Mini Jafox can be a loving companion to all family members.  The Mini Jafox, while capable of living in harmony with other pets, does better as the center of attention rather than sharing space with other cats or dogs.  Energy levels on the Mini Jafox also vary but are much lower than in the Mini Fox Terrier parent.

Mini Jafox Activity Requirements

The Mini Jafox is a medium-energy hybrid that requires daily exercise but not of high intensity.  Many Terrier qualities manifest in the Mini Jafox, like running and digging but the hybrid is also a high jumper thanks to both parent breeds.  The Mini Jafox is cat-like in its ability to jump up on to high areas, and this hybrid should not be left alone in a low fenced-in backyard.  The Mini Jafox may be slightly stubborn, which can be a challenge for training but generally, this hybrid loves the company of its people and is eager to please.  The size of the Mini Jafox and the exercise requirements make it possible for this hybrid to live most of its life indoors and the Mini Jafox can adjust to apartment living well enough.  They are also partial to temperate climates and do not tolerate extreme heat or cold well.
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Mini Jafox Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
0.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.00 - $1.20
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Mini Jafox Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Mini Jafox size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Mini Jafox size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs
Female Mini Jafox size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 8.0 lbs

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