Original Name : Black and Tan English Toy Terrier
Type : Lupoid
Other Names : Rat Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier
Male size : 10-12 inches
Male weight : 6-8 lbs
Female size : 10-12 inches
Female weight : 6-8 lbs
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : United Kingdom
As the name suggests, these dogs combine the qualities of a terrier and a toy, although the toy characteristics soon gained the upper hand in the breeding program. These dogs were once used to kill rats by the dozen, so they are alert and never overly nervous.
Long and narrow, wedge-shaped with overemphasized cheek muscles, well filled up under the ears.
Compact, with proportionate head and legs to produce the right balance.
Black and tan: the black is ebony, the tan reminiscent of a deeply rich chestnut.
Candle-flame shaped (straight, long and curved), lightly pointed tips, set high on the back of the skull and relatively close together.
Thick at the base, tapering to the tip.
Dense, close and glossy.
While English Toy Terriers may be confused with German Pinschers, they are actually said to be descended from Manchester Terriers and Italian Greyhounds, which give them their elegance.Throughout the 20th century breeders worked on the margins of official dog fancy, but they eventually managed to get the breed recognized by the Kennel Club in 1962.Well proportioned, elegant and compact, English Toy Terriers have a distinctive glossy coat and pure lines. They are most commonly used as companion and toy dogs, but at bottom they are terriers, particularly renowned as champion ratters.