Breeds of dogs: English Toy Terrier

Breeds of dogs: English Toy Terrier

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Origin, classification and history

Origin: Great Britain.
F.C.I classification: Group 3 - Terriers.

The English Toy Terrier (English Toy Terrier Black and Tan) descends from the "Manchester Terrier", as can be guessed by its similar appearance. During the nineteenth century it was a very popular dog in stately homes. Its small size derives from a selection desired by man. It was deliberately reduced to hunt mice and also to function as a "toy dog", and hence its name "Toy" was born, which in English means toy. Today the race is disappearing; in Britain specimens of this breed are increasingly rare. In Europe they are not easily found.

General aspect

Dwarf dog. Well proportioned, elegant and compact terrier. It has a shiny coat and pure lines. It is morphologically classified as a wolf type. Despite the small size, it is built with good proportions of the whole. It has a well proportioned skeleton.


This small dog has the combined characteristics of the pet dog and the terrier. He is alive, remember that historically he lived up to his rat hunter cross. He never proves shy to excess. Breed suitable for children.

English Toy Terrier - English Toy Terrier puppy (photo

English Toy Terrier puppy (photo Sannse)


Height: ideal 25-30 cm at the withers (original height 10-12 inches).
Weight: 2.7-3.6 kg (6-8 pounds english).

Trunk: compact. Back slightly convex from the back of the withers to the kidney, where the line of the back descends to the root of the tail. Narrow and high chest, with well-belted ribs. Raised lumbar region.
Head and muzzle: long and narrow head, wedge-shaped without the cheek muscles being too pronounced. Well filled under the eyes. Flat skull. Light stop. Clenched lips. Cheeks of muscles not too pronounced.
Black truffle.
Teeth: scissor bite.
Neck: long, graceful, slightly convex. It fits well between the shoulders and its profile has an elegant inclination. Fanoni not allowed.
Eyes: dark to black, without light reflections in the iris. Small almond-shaped, oblique and bright.
Ears: straight, long and convex ears, with slightly pointed ends, placed high and in the back of the skull and proportionally close together. The length should not reach the eye if folded forward. From the age of nine months they must be carried upright. The entire interior of the pavilion faces forward. the fabric is soft.
Limbs: the forelegs are perpendicular and the elbows are against the chest, which forms a narrow front. The fine bone is extremely sought after. Elbows close to the body. Well-rounded kidneys and gently rounded buttocks, which forms a well-angled grassella. The dog must not be under him. Delicate, compact feet.
Gait: the ideal natural is similar to the elongated trot of a horse. The gaits shed like the step close to the ground are defects. The rear action is united, easy and precise to create the thrust. The pace must be harmonious, which denotes the really well built dog.
Musculature: dry, but sufficiently developed.
Tail: thick at the root, sharpened to the end. Attached low, it does not exceed the point of the hock. The gay tail is a defect when this character is too pronounced.
Hair: dense, tight and shiny. A short, dense coat is required.
Allowed colors: black and tan. Black is an ebony black, the fawn color is reminiscent of a warm chestnut new chestnut. The colors are well separated and never mix up with each other.
Most common defects: any deviation from the above must be considered a defect to be penalized according to its severity. Males should have normal-looking testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

Video: English Toy Terrier Puppies (August 2022).