English toy terriers date back in history to the 16th century to the original Black and Tan Terrier.
They gained tremendous popularity in the Victorian era English rat pits including the incredible Tiny,a 2.5 kg black & Tan wonder that killed 300 rats in 50 minutes and 50 seconds.
Temperament and Attitude
The English Toy Terrier is an alert, loyal and active breed.
They are very loyal to their family,love human companionship, and excellent with children.
The breed is suitable for either suburban blocks or rural properties with its sleek,virtually non shedding coat that requires minimal grooming.
Their weight is generally around 4-6 kg ,lifespan around 13 years and height is recommended to be around 10-12"(25-30 cm).
They are an elegant little dog with a glossy coat and rich black and tan markings.
They have upright candlflame ears which is very distinctive of this breed.
They are easy to train and do not bark unnecessarily unless to alert you to a visitor.
Initially they may be slightly standoffish with strangers but are not aggressive and will be friendly once they know that person.Their short,sleek coats mean there is virtually no grooming and a quick wipe with a damp cloth occassionally will suffice.
They generally are very good with most pets but as they were bred for ratting and mousing,a skill which they still excell at, they are not suitable for rat/mouse owners.
They do well in a backyard situation but like all breeds they do require a walk at least 3 times a week.
As they were traditionally bred to be vermin killers and live indoors they will require some protection in the form of a rug etc in the coldest weather.
They are easy to housetrain and like nothing better than spending time with their family. They are a very sound, healthy breed with no serious breed defects.