English Toy Terrier

The small and vivacious English Toy Terrier has a tan and black coat, a small body and face with pointed ears. They stand longer then they are tall.

Other Names
Black-and-tan Toy Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, ETT (B&T)
Country of Origin
Great Britain
Colour
Black and tan in colour.
Size
Small
Height / Weight
Ideally the English Toy Terrier should measure between 25-30cms at the withers and weigh between 2.7 to 3.6kgs. Dogs are generally larger than bitches.
Health
The English Toy Terrier has suffered from a number of health problems since it was first introduced over 100 years ago. Breeders have improved on these problems since the 1950s but ailments may include bone and joint issues as well as some skin problems.
Life Span
11-13 years
Intelligence
The English Toy Terrier can be headstrong and independent so they will need to be trained and socialised from a young age. As they were bred as a ratter you should not trust the dog with other small, household pets!
Exercise
Low
Suitability (Children)
Low
Feeding

The English Toy Terrier is an easy dog to feed with no special dietary requirements. They generally have a good appetite and will eat wet or dry food.

Feeding Cost
Up to $5 p/w
Other Cost
Excercise
The English Toy Terrier does not require a lot of exercise to be happy and healthy. They may appear dainty and frail they do enjoy long walks and have a good level of endurance.
Ailments
The English Toy Terrier has suffered from a number of health problems since it was first introduced over 100 years ago. Breeders have improved on these problems since the 1950s but ailments may include bone and joint issues as well as some skin problems.
Hair Shed
Moderate
Grooming

This dog has a short dense coat that requires little attention. A grooming mitt and a polishing cloth will keep their coat shiny and remove any dead hairs.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
Trimming
None
Up until the 1960s the English Toy Terrier was actually known as the Black and Tan Terrier. They can trace their history back to the 1600s and were widely used in the 1800s in England as ratters in the rise of the Industrial Revolution. The English Toy Terrier was even taken on hunts, it was small enough to be placed in the noble gentleman's pocket to be sent to flush out game as required. They were even the subject of wagers on which dog could kill the most rats. As the breed grew in popularity, too much interbreeding took place and the offspring was sickly, causing the demand for the dogs to decline before stronger breeders worked to create a healthier and stronger version of the English Toy Terrier. In the late 1870s the breed was seen in colours other then black and tan as a result of possible crosses with the Italian Greyhound.


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