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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.

  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Some training required
  • Enjoys gentle walks
  • Enjoys walking half an hour a day
  • Little toy dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Guard dog. Barks and alerts
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • May require training to live with kids
English Toy Terrier standing on the grass

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.

English Toy Terrier standing on the road

History and Origins

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.

Health and Common Issues

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 Needs

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 and Feeding

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 English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

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

Best Family Dog Breeds

While many dogs are traditionally thought of as being good with children , all dogs and children need to be taught to get on with and respect each other, and be safe together. Even so, dogs and young children should never be left alone together and adults should supervise all interactions between them.

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