The Mini Foxie Club of Australia, Inc. (formerly known as the Miniature Fox Terrier Club of Australia) is an independent breed club and breed registry dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Miniature Fox Terrier, aka Mini Foxie.
This dog breed is not an ANKC breed and as such all the pedigrees are recorded and issued by the Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc. Pedigree information on MFCA registration certificates cannot legally be transferred to any other organisation.
The compiled information on pedigree certificates issued by the Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc. is wholly owned by the Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc.and is the intellectual property of the Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc, under Australian Copyright Law.
The Mini Foxie Club of Australia Inc. holds Mini Foxie shows, maintains the Mini Foxie Breed Register, produces a quarterly newsletter and has direct communication with its many members nationwide and internationally. The club has a highly democratic ethos and member participation is vital and lively with a focus always on breeding dogs of good quality.
In the early 1980s, breeders and fanciers began meeting informally to discuss the future of this endemic Australian breed. Miniature Fox Terriers were very well known, having existed in Australia for over one hundred years but the varying types all lumped together as Mini Foxies or Little Foxies had not been standardised. The political climate suggested that Breed-Specific Legislation (laws or ordinances which affect one dog breed or one category of dogs) to restrict the breeding of non-pedigreed dogs may have been imminent, and it was felt that formal organisation would be necessary to safeguard the breed's future. An informal meeting to discuss the parameters of the breed and possible Australian National Kennel Council recognition was held at the St. Ives Showground between owners and representatives of the Royal New South Wales Canine Council - Mr Bill Polley, Mr Wes Stacey and Dr. Harry Spira.
On the 20th July 1986, several prominent breeders including Mr Gordon Grant and Mr Lou Aarons met at Warwick Farm, Sydney and formed the Miniature Fox Terrier Club of Australia. Gordon Grant was the founding president. Later, the club drafted a Constitution and wrote a breed standard with the assistance of members of the Royal New South Wales Canine Council.
A significant three-day meeting was held in 1992 at Deniliquin, New South Wales. Enthusiasts from the national club were joined by owners from South Australia, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory to consider amalgamating the separate clubs that had formed. It became evident that there were differences over the type of dog that would exemplify the Miniature Fox Terrier. Another point of departure was whether or not seeking recognition by an all-breed kennel club should be an immediate priority; many MFTCA members felt that more time was needed to improve and standardise the breed.
To comply with New South Wales government requirements the Miniature Fox Terrier Club became incorporated as The Mini Foxie Club of Australia in 1992. The name change for the club was as a result of a challenge to the use of the words 'Miniature Fox Terrier' in the name of the club at the time of incorporation; a change that was forced on the club and was not favoured by the majority of club members at that time. Throughout Australia, the dogs remain firm favourites known as Mini Foxies, Miniature Fox Terriers and Mini Fox Terriers.
The MFCA is one of a few breed clubs that is also an independent breed registry and we re-classify pedigree puppies after one year, to ensure that they are sound and acceptable for breeding. Adult dogs are graded according to how well they fit the breed standard. An adult dog of pedigree parents must be judged superior to both parents in order to receive a higher grading than its parents.
Registered MFCA breeders take steps to try to eradicate the health problems that are sometimes found in small dog breeds. They consider their breeding stock carefully and breed for health, type and temperament.
This type of vigilance in breeding has proved to be highly successful for breed clubs such as that of the Greater Swiss Mountain Dog. The governing bodies of working dog clubs often have similar requirements and sometimes require field tests for their dogs. A downside to such strict regulation is that the breed registry grows more slowly.
The MFCA believes it is vital to the long term success of the breed to have a large and diverse gene pool. Because of the large numbers of unregistered Miniature Fox Terriers nationwide, we believe it is important to keep the Stud Book open and to educate the public to the benefits of owning registered purebred dogs.
Today, the Stud Book of the MFCA remains open. If you believe you have an unregistered purebred Miniature Fox Terrier, please email the club via the "Contact Us" page to arrange for your dog to be examined and classified.
Because of the diligent care that the members of the MFCA have taken to ensure the soundness of Miniature Fox Terriers, the MFCA strongly recommends that prospective owners look to the registered breeders of the MFCA when looking to buy a new puppy.
The celebratory cake in 2006 (above)
and then in 2011 we found that 25 years had sped past.