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English Toy Terrier

english toy terrier (black & tan)

English Toy Terriers are small, smooth-coated black and tan dogs with pointed, erect ears. They are slightly longer than they are tall. Ideally, the adult English Toy Terrier measures 25-30cm and weighs around 2.7-3.6kg.

english toy terrier (black & tan)
  • Category size: Toy
  • Grooming requirements: Once a week
english toy terrier (black & tan)
  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Not too noisy
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Toy
english toy terrier (black & tan)
  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: Medium
  • Stability as a guard: Low

Origin

The English Toy Terrier dog breed was known as the Miniature Black & Tan Terrier up to the 1960s, and can be traced back to the black and tan terriers recorded in the 16th century. In England during the 1800s these terriers were very much in demand as ratters due to the increasing rat population brought about by the advancement of the industrial revolution. They were carried by gentlemen in their pockets on hunts and sent to ground as necessary to flush out foxes and so on. Contests between terriers and betting on how long it would take the dogs to kill a number of rats became popular. As the English Toy Terrier became ever more popular, and people wanted smaller dogs, a lot of interbreeding took place with the smallest of the litters being used for breeding.

Personality

This little dog does possess a trace of the terrier temperament. On the whole they are affectionate, friendly and totally devoted to their family. They will quite happily live in either the town or country and get on well with older children. They should be socialised with other dogs, cats and children from an early age.

Health

The English Toy Terrier is generally a very healthy breed. Like many small breeds, they can suffer from kneecaps that may temporarily slip out of place (luxating patellas).

Exercise

The English Toy Terrier breed does not require a lot of exercise – about half an hour daily is needed for an adult. However, they do enjoy longer walks and, although they may appear dainty and frail, they can walk for many miles. They also enjoy terrier-type games!

Nutrition

Toy dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.

Grooming

This dog has a short, dense coat that requires little attention; a grooming mitt and a polishing cloth are all that is really needed.

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What to Consider next

Adoption

It is incredibly fulfilling to adopt a dog from an animal shelter or rescue organization. It often means offering them a second chance in life. There are many dogs waiting for a loving family, a forever home. Reputable centers will be very careful about matching the right people with the right dogs. Staff learns all they can about the dogs they take in, and will spend time getting to know you, your family and your lifestyle, before they match you with any of their dogs. They’ll also be happy to give you advice and answer any questions you might have before and after the adoption.

Finding a good breeder

If your heart is set on a pedigree puppy, then your best bet is to find a reputable breeder. Contact The Kennel Club or a breed-club secretary who may have a list of litters available, or should be able to put you in contact with breeders in your area. Try to choose a breeder who is part of the Kennel Club’s assured breeder scheme.Visit dog shows to meet breeders in person and inquire about availability of pups of your chosen breed.

Welcoming your dog home

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