English Toy Terrier

They started out in England as Toy Manchester Terriers, progressed to Toy Black and Tans, then to Miniature Black and Tans and in 1962 took their present title of English Toy Terrier.

Despite its small size, it still retains the ability to hunt vermin, inherited from its Manchester Terrier forebears, and can be an excellent ratter. The Italian Greyhound is also believed to been used in its development and that could account for the more elegant, slender outline. The result is a graceful, well-balanced, compact Toy dog, with Terrier temperament and characteristics.


Average lifespan
These cute little dogs usually live to ten years of age, but given lots of love and attention and the right nutrition will often live to 13 years.

Average size and weight
These are quite small dogs with the females normally weighing 2.7kg and 26cm tall, with the males weighing 3.6kg and reaching to 31cm in height.

Care requirements

Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Sleek and richly coloured, the English Toy Terrier should always be black and tan, with the distinctive coat pattern laid down in the breed standard. A distinguishing feature is the candle-flame shaped ears, and the small, dark, sparkling eyes add to its alert expression. It is not aggressive, and is affectionate and friendly, making a charming, intelligent companion. It is an excellent housedog, giving warning of intruders before its owner is aware.

Compatibility with other pets
Excellent. But any pet rats, mice, rabbits and guinea pigs should be protected by secure enclosures.

Care requirements
This delightful little dog is easy to care for as its short, smooth, odourless coat requires little more than a daily brushing. Although lightly built, it is quite robust, but having a naturally fine coat it is best suited as a housedog. Some may need a coat for outdoors in the colder weather. With its hunting Terrier Background:: it is naturally quite active, and although it can manage well in a small garden or apartment, it will still benefit physically and mentally with a daily walk.

Please take note
Annual checks and vaccinations are essential, as is regular worming. Your vet will explain the dangers of heartworm, and advise on the preventative measures.

Decision time

Ideal owners
It is good with children, but tends to be a one-man dog, so is admirably suited to single people, and older couples or families.

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