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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.

12 – 13 years
Black and tan
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Needs under an hour of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The English Toy Terrier breed can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation
- Legg-Perthes disease
- Deafness at birth, a condition which is not fully understood.
- Juvenille dilated cardiomyopathy which is a condition that develops in young dogs where the heart muscle becomes progressively weak and cannot beat properly.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.  


The modern English Toy Terrier is a little more refined and elegant than their Regency ancestors, however the terrier attitude still runs deep, and this is truly a small but mighty little dog. Well socialised and trained, they are an affectionate, friendly and devoted pet, happy to live wherever their owners are.  

Did you know?

  • It’s often thought that the designer or ‘hand-bag’ dog is a modern invention, with the dogs of the past being strictly working animals who were robust, outdoor dogs or overly fluffy foot warmers of the upper-class ladies. 
  • In fact, the Dandies, the somewhat flamboyant gentlemen of the Regency period who enjoyed parties, gambling, betting on blood sports and showing off their fancy driving horses, also accessorised with hand-bag dogs!  
  • English Toy Terriers can trace their history back to these small, feisty terriers, carried in leather satchels by Regency Dandies, showing that there really is nothing new about it at all! 


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