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English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

The small English toy terrier stands unique with its sturdy look and appealing coloration. Overall black, with markings of tan on its face, legs, and chest, their almond-shaped expressive eyes and pointed ears enhance their cuteness to the fullest. Having the Old English black and terrier genes, this breed went on to develop as an efficient ratter, standing out because of its agility and speed. Many have compared its steady gait to a horse’s extended trot.

With the popularity of other foreign breeds, their numbers have declined over the years. At present, they are on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable breed list. Efforts are on to increase their popularity, and the Kennel Club has made provisions for the Toy Manchester Terrier’s re-registration as English Toy Terrier, provided it is the toy and not standard variety.

Breed Characteristics

  • Other Names:Not recorded
  • Colors:Black with tan markings
  • Life Expectancy:10 – 12 years
  • Height:10 – 12 inches
  • Weight:6 – 10 pounds
  • Temperament:Intelligent, friendly, alert
  • Good with Kids:Yes
  • Exercise requirements:Moderately less
  • Hypoallergenic:No
  • Litter Size:2 – 5 puppies
  • Barking Capacity:High
  • Health Problems:Patellar luxation, skin problem, canine deafness
  • Trainability:Easy
  • Origin:England
English Toy Terrier Dog
English Toy Terrier Puppy

English Toy Terrier’s History: Timeline


    The existence of this breed was recorded


    Their demand as ratters was on a high because of an increase in the population of rats post Industrial Revolution


    They were split on the basis of weight, with the smaller ones categorized asthe Black and Tan Terrier, and the larger variety as the Manchester Terrier


    Formation of the English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) Club,  initially named the Miniature Black & Tan Terrier Club


    The name English Toy Terrier was coinedand it also gained the Kennel Club’s recognition in the same year

English Terrier Toy
English Toy Terrier Black & Tan


Though a terrier, these dogs do not need too much exercise due to their small size. They would suffice with a 30-minute workout, a combination of brisk walks, and play. Do not forget to make them wear a leash when taking them out since they could get after small pets if they catch sight of the latter.

Thanks to their short, dense coat, maintaining them would not be too difficult a task. Besides a weekly brushing and a rub-down two or three times a month, cleaning their eyes, ears, and nails regularly is all that one needs to do to ensure overall cleanliness.

Like most other small breeds, the English Toy Terrier also has a high metabolism and can get hungry quickly. So, taking care of their diet and giving them measured amounts of food having adequate nutrients is a mandate. You could choose between ready-made food and store-bought ones. If opting for the commercially manufactured ones, then Taste of the Wild and Nature’s Recipe would be preferred.

Owing to their intelligence and loyalty, training them is a cakewalk. However, their stubbornness might come in the way resulting in complications. Teach the English Toy Terrier to follow commands right from the beginning. Like any miniature breeds, these small dogs could consider themselves big enough in front of others, especially the large breeds, triggering behavioral problems. So, early socialization is of immense importance. Housetraining should also begin since their puppy days, like other small breeds; these dogs could also show laziness in eliminating at the right place.

English Toy Terrier Picture
English Toy Terrier Size

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