Mini Poxer

10-18 lbs
United States
Mini Fox Terrier
The Mini Poxer is a hybrid between the well-known, well-loved Pug and lesser-known Mini Fox Terrier.  The resulting hybrid is a small sized dog with medium energy and a lot of love for its family.  However, these hybrids may be stubborn and a challenge to train making them less suited for new dog owners.  Unlike most Terriers mixes, the Mini Poxer loves and needs a lot of human companionship for healthy development.  Owners can expect to spend a lot of time with this spirited and cheerful canine.
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Miniature Fox Terrier and Pug

Mini Poxer Health

Average Size
Male Mini Poxer size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Female Mini Poxer size stats
Height: 9-11 inches Weight: 10-18 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Brachycephalic Syndrome
  • Exposure Keratopathy Syndrome
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Hemivertebrae
  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Bladder Stones
  • Wobbler's Syndrome
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
Occasional Tests
  • Eye examination
  • Radiographs
  • Blood Sugar and Thyroid Tests

Mini Poxer Breed History

The Mini Poxer is not a well-known hybrid, and its lineage may be confused with the Toy Fox Terrier.  The Mini Poxer is a designer mix between the Pug and the Miniature Fox Terrier.  There is little documentation on the Mini Poxer and no set standards for size, appearance, or disposition.  Owners who wish to understand more about their Mini Poxers can review the respective histories of both parent breeds to learn about their dogs. The Miniature Fox Terrier developed in Australia within the last 200 years.  It is a close cousin of the larger Fox Terrier of England and somewhat interchangeable with the Toy Fox Terrier of the United States.  In fact, the breed is not recognized by either the American or the Australian Kennel Clubs.  The small Terrier was developed to help farmers rid their fields and barns of small vermin as well as share their homes at night as companions.  They have mild dispositions for Terriers and are often considered a little bit Toy and a little bit Terrier.  The Mini Fox Terrier is lovingly referred to as the "Little Foxie" in Australia but is relatively unknown outside of the island continent. The Pug, by contrast, is exceptionally well-known worldwide as has been a favorite companion for hundreds of years.  The breed is of the Mastiff line but significantly smaller in stature than most other Mastiffs today.  The Pug has origins in the East in China but was introduced to Europe during by trade during the 1500s.  Its large round head with prominent dark eyes and flat face were an instant attraction, and the breed soon usurped the much-loved toy Spaniel companions at courts throughout Europe.  The Pug standardization occurred in England during the 1800s, and the dog made its way to the United States in the latter half of the 19th Century where the American Kennel Club recognized the Pug in 1885.          

Mini Poxer Breed Appearance

It is impossible to predict the appearance of the Mini Poxer given how different both parent breeds look. However, some physical traits may have a higher probability than others.  Regardless of the dominant parent appearance, owners can expect the Mini Poxer to be a short, stout hybrid with a fine coat of short hair.  The Mini Poxer's head is round on top, and the muzzle is short and broad, but not flat.  Prominent, dark eyes are set wide apart, and the ears stand up with a slight fold but are not over-sized.  The Mini Poxer's body is square, and the legs are straight and stout.  The tail on the Mini Poxer is short but may also curl over the back slightly with no brush.  The Mini Poxer may have extra skin around its head and neck, similar to the Pug or may have slightly longer hair on its ruff, like the Mini Fox Terrier.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Mini Poxer eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Mini Poxer nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Mini Poxer coat
brown Mini Poxer coat
fawn Mini Poxer coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Mini Poxer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Mini Poxer Breed Maintenance

The Mini Poxer is not a hypoallergenic dog, and though its coat is short, this dog is considered a moderate to heavy shedder.  Weekly brushing will reduce to amount of dead and loose hair as well as any potential smell.  Dirt does not adhere well to the coat and will easily remove with a bristle brush so frequent bathing is not necessary.  Owners should try to avoid routine bathing as well since the Mini Poxer's skin is sensitive and they should check his skin for any cuts, abrasions, or other conditions while grooming.  The Mini Poxer's skin is looser than other Mini Fox Terrier hybrids so paying close attention to the skin is a must since dirt and debris may be lodged in skin folds.  The eyes on the Mini Poxer are prominent and may be easily injured as well so frequent eye checks are recommended.
Brushes for Mini Poxer
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Mini Poxer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Mini Poxer Temperament

The Mini Poxer is an active, courageous hybrid with medium levels of energy that loves the company of its family.  The Pug parent increases the Mini Poxer's affection, and tolerance toward children and the sturdiness of its body can also handle interactions with kids.  However, this hybrid is not as active as other Terrier breeds and may not captivate a child's interest long.  The Mini Poxer is an excellent alarm dog and will bark at approaching strangers but warms up quickly once the threat is assessed.  The Mini Poxer may not be as friendly with other dogs or small animals without proper socialization at early ages.  They are also slightly stubborn, which makes training a little difficult.  The Mini Poxer is not the best choice for a novice dog owner and needs firm, yet supportive training.

Mini Poxer Activity Requirements

The Mini Poxer is a hybrid of two breeds with very different exercise needs.  The resulting designer dog has average levels of energy and moderate exercise needs.  Their short, stout legs move fast but they don't cover as much ground as other small dogs and need only a few minutes of exercise a few times a day to lead a healthy lifestyle.  Most exercise needs can be met within the household.  These small dogs do not tolerate extreme temperatures, especially the cold.  Their short snouts and flat faces also make it difficult to breathe, so extreme climates are not recommended either.  Given the size and energy needs of this small companion dog, the Mini Poxer can easily adapt to apartment living.
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 Poxer 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 Poxer Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Mini Poxer size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
Female Mini Poxer size stats at six months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 13.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Mini Poxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Mini Poxer size stats at 12 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Mini Poxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Mini Poxer size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs

Mini Poxer Owner Experiences

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