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English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Breed Fact Sheet

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English Toy Terrier Breed Information

Group 1: Toys

Energy Level: Low

Original Function: hunting small rodents

Temperament: Alert, remembering that historically he could acquit himself satisfactorily in the rat pit. Never unduly nervous.

Characteristics: Toy with Terrier characteristics.

Recommended for: Most people/Families

Lifespan: 12 to 15 years of age.


Height: Ideal height: 25-30 cms (10-12 ins)

Weight: Ideal weight: 2.7-3.6 kg (6-8 lbs)

Colour: Black and Tan. The black ebony, the tan likened to a new chestnut deeply rich.

Coat: Thick, close and glossy. A density of short hair required.

General Appearance: Toy sized dog. Body compact, well balanced, elegant, sleek and cleanly built. Head long, narrow, flat skull, wedge-shaped with small almond shaped dark to black eyes. Ears are Candle-flame shape, placed high upon back of skull and proportionately close together. Tail is thick at root, tapering to point, mediun length.



The origins of the English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) were a utilitarian dog whose prowess at rat killing was highly prized in those vermin infested towns, which grew up during the industrial revolution, and also on the farms and sailing ships of those times.

Black and Tan Terriers go back to the early 16th century. Prior to 1960 they were known as miniature Black and Tan Terriers. They are the oldest of Britains native toy breeds. They have a thick, close, shinny coat.

The ENGLISH TOY TERRIER is one of the oldest and most distinctive of the many breeds of dogs that had their origin in England, and although it has had great influence in the information of many of today's popular pure-bred breeds, this little dog has never attained general popularity, but has throughout the ages remained a true fancier's dog. As a consequence there are still many people who do not know this fascinating little breed.

A TERRIER - the English Toy is the original top Rat Dog and equally good at ousting any other rodents from their hiding places. A GUNDOG - have you seen an ENGLISH TOY in the field, he is an excellent Retriever! A HOUND - in some parts of the USA the English Toy is bred as a squirrel dog, and on track he will chase the lure as any hound. A WORKING or UTILITY DOG - no more faithful guard or courageous watchdog could you have than the ENGLISH TOY. Faithful until death if need be he will protect your possessions as well as his own. A NON-SPORTING strutting its beauty - indeed, an English Toy can qualify there too. A TOY - well, an English Toy likes a cuddle as much the next dog.

Grooming- non-shedding to minimal shedding of coat, a brush now and then or a wipe over is all they need. Bath when needed.

Exercise- do not require a lot of exercise. Although they may appear dainty and frail they do enjoy long walks and can walk for many miles.

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