English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
2.7-3.6 Kg (Approx)
The English Toy Terrier has a short, shiny black coat set off by trimmings of rich red-brown. So much attention has been paid to colour and markings that the breed apparently hasn’t changed much since the 1900s and is recognised by its ‘candle flame’-shaped ears. English Toy Terriers are 25 to 30cm at the shoulder, with terrier characteristics. Its long, slightly arched neck leads to a narrow and deep chest. It is slightly rounded over the loin.
The English Toy Terrier is a toy dog with terrier-like characteristics and no hint of frailty or weakness. Overall it is a very active dog that has a great zest for life. It is an alert, faithful and intelligent companion that is fast-maturing, mentally and physically. It is quick of eye, keen of hearing, brave and courageous. A completely dependable watchdog, the English Toy Terrier is rather suspicious of strangers, giving warning of any unusual noise or visitors.
The English Toy Terrier is relatively free from health issues and its average lifespan is 9–13 years. Dr Rob Zammit cautions that slipping kneecaps and poor hip joints can occur in English Toy Terriers. When buying a puppy, check that the parents don’t suffer from these problems.
The English Toy Terrier is easy to care for and requires bathing only when really necessary. It has a very short, single coat so very little brushing is required. A damp cloth will rejuvenate the gloss and sheen.