English Toy Terrier

Group 1: Toys
Height: 25 – 30 cm
Weight: 2.7 – 3.6 kg

Energy Level:  Low
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people & families.

English Toy Terrier

About This Breed

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 Britain’s native toy breeds. They have a thick, close, shiny 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 that this fascinating little breed is an excellent retriever, guard dog and companion.

General Characteristics

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, medium length.

Temperament: Alert, never overly nervous.

Characteristics: Toy with Terrier characteristics.

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.

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.