History & Overview
The English Toy Terrier, also known as Toy Manchester Terrier and Toy Black and Tan, is a well balanced, elegant, compact, sleek and cleanly built dog which combines Toy with Terrier characteristics. He is a speedy and agile little hunter who became a most prized and sought-after rodent killer in 18th century. It is believed that the English Toy Terrier became the foundation for the development of other breeds, including the popular Doberman Pinscher, the Australian Terrier, the German Hunting Terrier, and the Lancashire Terrier.
Always alert and active, the English Toy Terrier is an intelligent, personable dog who makes limited demands on his owners. He is almost maintenance-free, requiring just nails and teeth to be kept in order. On top of that, he requires exercise, warm, clean bedding, feeding, and fresh, clean water.
The ideal height is 9.8 – 11.8 inches at shoulders; the ideal weight is about 5.8 – 7 pounds. The coat is short, thick, close, dense and glossy. The color is black and tan. The colors are not running or blending into each other, but meeting abruptly, forming clear and well-defined lines of color division.
Forelegs are tanned to knees in front. The tan continues inside and at the back of forelegs to point just below elbows. Hindlegs are well tanned in front and inside with black bar dividing tan at center of lower thigh. The muzzle is well tanned with the black color continuing from the nose along top of the muzzle, curving below eyes to the base of the throat. A tan spot above each eye and a small tan spot on each cheek are present.
- FCI-Standard # 13/19.05.2009 /GB
- An Introduction To The Vulnerable Native Breeds