|Group:||Toys (Group 1)|
|Club:||Toy Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 1)|
|Contact:||Mrs Marilyn Warren|
Background They started in England as Toy Manchester Terriers, progressed to Toy Black and Tans, then to Miniature Black and Tans, and in 1962 took their present title of English Toy Terrier. Despite its small size, it still retains the ability to hunt vermin, inherited from its Manchester Terrier forebears, and can be an excellent ratter. The Italian Greyhound is also believed to have been used in its development which could account for the more elegant, slender outline. The result is a graceful, well-balanced, compact Toy dog, with Terrier temperament and characteristics.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. English Toy Terriers live from 12 to 13 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Sleek and richly coloured, the English Toy Terrier should always be black and tan, with the distinctive coat pattern laid down in the breed standard. A distinguishing feature is the "candle-flame" shaped ears. The small dark, sparkling eyes add to its alert expression. It is not aggressive, and is affectionate and friendly, making a charming, intelligent companion. It is an excellent house-dog, giving warning of intruders before its owner is aware.
Compatibility with other pets Excellent, although naturally, pet rats, mice, rabbits and guinea-pigs should be protected by safe, secure enclosures.
Care Requirements The English Toy Terrier is easy to care for, its short, smooth, odourless coat requires little more than a daily brushing and rub down to give its coat a sheen. Although lightly built, it is quite robust, but having a naturally fine coat it is best suited as a house dog. Some may need a coat for out of doors in the colder weather. With its hunting Terrier background it is naturally quite active, and although it can manage well in a small garden or apartment, it will still benefit physically and mentally with a daily walk.
Please Take Note Annual checks and inoculation are essential, as is regular worming. Your veterinarian will explain the dangers of heart-worm, and advise on the preventative measures.
Ideal Owner/s The English Toy Terrier is good with children, but tends to be a one-person dog, so is admirably suited to single people, and older couples or families. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the English Toy Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.