Breed Information Centre

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

Description

Illustration of English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

The English Toy Terrier has had a variety of names – the miniature Black and Tan, and in the USA the Toy Manchester Terrier; all point to his ancestry in the Manchester Terrier, the rat killer developed in the industrial Revolution. The miniaturisation of the breed, perhaps with some input of Italian Greyhound, resulted in the fine boned black and tan breed with candle flame ears. However, despite the reduction in size and the finer bone the English Toy Terrier are still able to acquit themselves as a dispatcher of vermin, which they did in the 19th Century when they were used in the rat pits. They are a delightfully intelligent breed with a stylish extended trotting action.

Breed Group
Toy
Vulnerable Native Breed
Yes
Size
Small
How much exercise?
Up to 30 minutes per day
Length of coat
Short
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Yes
Town or Country
Either
Type of home
Flat
Minimum Garden Size
None
Lifespan
Over 12 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Toy Breed Group

The Toy breeds are small companion or lap dogs. Many of the Toy breeds were bred for this capacity although some have been placed into this category simply due to their size. They should have friendly personalities and love attention. They do not need a large amount of exercise and some can be finicky eaters.


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