Non-sporting Breeds

English Toy Terrier

English Toy Terrier
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 10-12 in (25-30cm)
Weight: 6-9 lb (2.5-3.5kg)
Coat: Thick, close, and glossy
Color: Black and tan

The English Toy Terrier was bred from the Manchester Terrier. This larger but otherwise similar breed was developed from the now extinct rough- haired Black and Tan Terrier and other breeds. The Italian Greyhound and, possibly, the Whippet may also have contributed to the English Toy Terrier. The Manchester Terrier was bred to kill rats in a pit for public entertainment, and its smaller relative is an excellent ratter. Surprisingly rare outside the show ring today, the English Toy Terrier still retains the ability to hunt vermin and makes an affectionate and intelligent companion. It is good with children but tends to be a one-person dog. The English Toy is easy to care for, requiring little more than a daily brushing and a rubdown to give its coat a sheen. It is a reasonably tough little dog and does not have quite the same aversion to rain as its more fastidious Italian Greyhound relatives
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