English Toy Terrier

6-8 lbs
Great Britain
Black and Tan Toy Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier

Belonging to the Toy breed category, the English Toy Terrier is an extremely devoted and loyal dog, yet quite rare and listed as a vulnerable breed. They love attention and adore being part of a family, blending right into family life. Unlike most Terriers, they are not hyperactive. The English Toy Terrier is only moderately active and will enjoy chilling out on your lap as much as they enjoy joining in games or going for a walk. With the breed barely reaching 8 pounds in weight, you have a small dog that is very adapted to living in an apartment or a small home. They are good with children although they can get upset by rough play, so children should be taught to be gentle and respectful. This dog likes to be part of the family; they thrive on attention, dislike being alone for too long, and love cuddles. Good looking, lovely by nature, and a great companion,  the English Toy Terrier is a real heart stealer.

purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
16th Century
ancestry Ancestry
Old English Black and Tan Terrier, Manchester Terrier

English Toy Terrier Health

Average Size
Male English Toy Terrier size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-8 lbs
Female English Toy Terrier size stats
Height: 10-12 inches Weight: 6-8 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Pateller Luxation
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Skin Conditions
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Eye Problems
Occasional Tests
  • Skin Evaluation
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Skin Biopsy or Intradermal Tests for specific allergies
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

English Toy Terrier Breed History

The English Toy Terrier has an elegant appearance and looks like a new breed, although this dog can track their roots back to the 16th century. Gentlemen hunters carried this little dog in their pockets, and they would set them down once the prey was cornered, using them to flush out foxes and other game. Another use for this dog was for the sport of rat pitting. This involved the dog being set loose in an enclosed area with a large number of rats and spectators bet on how quickly the dog could kill them all. The sport was outlawed in 1898, so from then onward this little dog became more of a companion dog than anything else. As dog fanciers bred them smaller and smaller, the offspring of the  English Toy Terrier suffered many health problems. As a result of these problems, the popularity of the dog waned, and they began to disappear. Only the efforts of a few dedicated breeders who worked to increase the health and strength of the dog kept them from going extinct.  The  English Toy Terrier became popular in the conformation show ring, with its elegant appearance making them a favorite. During the 1920s, the Kennel Club split the breed by their size, with the larger dog becoming the Manchester Terrier, and the smaller dog the Miniature Black and Tan Terrier. It wasn't until the 1960s that the name English Toy Terrier was adopted. The  English Toy Terrier has had a rocky past, bouncing into popularity, then discarded,  and then back into the limelight again. Let's hope that it is finally here to stay and we get to enjoy the company of this interesting little Terrier.

English Toy Terrier Breed Appearance

The best way to describe the English Toy Terrier is that they are very petite and well proportioned. They have a striking appearance with their close, dense coat of black and tan. These colors should form clean, clear lines.  Other areas of the tan color are on the front and back legs around the knee area. They have a pointed muzzle, and their teeth meet in a scissors bite. The eyes are dark in color and almond shaped. The ears are placed high on their head and are very pointed and erect, giving the dog an inquisitive stance. The English Toy Terrier has a body that is slightly longer than it is high, and has a long thin tail that is carried low. These small dogs have a narrow but deep chest, and a fine arched neck. The legs are slender on this breed, with small, compact, and arched feet. The official permitted color of this breed is black with defined tan markings on the face, legs and chest. Alert and inquisitive, the English Toy Terrier is a dog with a larger than life personality and is a canine who is agile, happy and a real people pleaser.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown English Toy Terrier eyes
amber English Toy Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black English Toy Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
pied English Toy Terrier coat
black English Toy Terrier coat
brown English Toy Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
English Toy Terrier straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

English Toy Terrier Breed Maintenance

The English Toy Terrier is very easy to care for with their short dense coat that fits like a glove. They look well tailored in their black and tan coat, with not a hair out of place. This dog may be small but they are intelligent, intensely loyal, affectionate and a great companion. They do need to have company as they tend to suffer separation anxiety if they are left alone for too long. Because of this trait, they can enjoy the attention that the grooming process allows. A good brushing once or twice a week should keep this little pooch looking dapper, and a rub down with a soft damp cloth will keep their coat clean. Save a bath for when they really need it, and use dog preparations such as shampoo specifically formulated to save the natural oils in their skin. These little dogs can have some skin or allergy issues, so use very mild, gentle products to avoid disturbing the skin's balance. Other maintenance steps are keeping their teeth brushed twice or three times a week, checking their ears for signs of infection, and trimming their toenails. Once that's done, it's time for a cuddle and maybe a doggie treat for your affectionate English Toy Terrier.

Brushes for English Toy Terrier
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
English Toy Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

English Toy Terrier Temperament

Warm, loving and affectionate are the traits of the English Toy Terrier, along with curiosity, intelligence, and a tendency at times to be a little stubborn if they can't have their way. Therefore, training is important for this little dog to overcome this personality glitch and become a well mannered dog. They do respond well to training as long as you are patient and kind, and if the training is interesting. Bored English Toy Terriers tend to wander and get into mischief. They make ideal family pets and will play happily with children as long as they are not too rough. They adapt beautifully to apartment living and do not bark much, which will help when living in a populated building. While they can be left alone, it doesn't pay to leave them for too long as a bored dog is a mischievous dog. Plus, this little dog loves human company and will pine for their owners. They adore your attention, the patting and the snuggling. The English Toy Terrier is ideal for people on their own, or for the family environment. Ensure this little dog gets plenty of socializing in the form of walks with the opportunity to meet other dogs and their owners, or they may grow up fearful of strangers. They will proudly go walking with you and do best on a leash. Sometimes that curious nature can lead to trouble, so the leash ensures you have control. Warm and loving, the English Toy Terrier is well suited as a companion dog.

English Toy Terrier Activity Requirements

The English Toy Terrier is not as lively as some Terrier breeds. This dog is quite happy with a walk once a day, and a game or two at home, perhaps chasing a ball or the children! Other than that, they are happy to climb onto your lap for a cuddle session followed by sleep. A daily walk around the neighborhood or to the dog park is a wonderful opportunity to socialize your dog. Ensure they meet plenty of other people and dogs, so they grow confident around humans and canines alike. Keep this little dog on a leash; they are very inquisitive and may take off after other small, fast moving animals, as they were bred originally to be a hunter's aid. They will love a selection of toys to play with at home, and when the children come back from school this little dog will help them with their homework and their afternoon tea if they can get away with it! The English Toy Terrier is a proper little character, adorable and affectionate, and a peoples dog who loves - well - people!

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
7 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes
activity minutes

English Toy Terrier Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.75 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$20.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

English Toy Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Male English Toy Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
Female English Toy Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 4.5 lbs
12 Months
Male English Toy Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female English Toy Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
18 Months
Male English Toy Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs
Female English Toy Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 11.5 inches Weight: 7.5 lbs

English Toy Terrier Owner Experiences

8 Years
3 People
House & Yard
Trecks in nature reserves
Dog agility
Game of chase
Laying in the sun
Loves to cozy up in the sun or curl up in your bed. Great at catching rats and mice, cockroaches and even spiders. Whilst they have an unmistakable prey drive, strangely Chestah is well behaved around the cat, our free range chickens and baby chicks, even herds them into their pen safely. Hates water with a passion, won't step out on dewy grass in the morning, or onto the sand at the beach unless prompted. Super intelligent, and loving. Suffers from bad allergies. Extremely territorial when people visit home, until introduced properly (but meek and shy in public areas. Will love you with everything he has, loyal and a quick learner. Absolute lap dog. Though watch out for his bony little elbows, he wants cuddles and is not afraid to accidentally jab you in the kidneys to get them.
3 years, 7 months ago
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