English Toy Terrier

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English Toy Terrier History

The English Toy Terrier is a breed of small terrier with a long history. The ancestors of the modern-day English toy terrier were most likely originally used for ratting and rabbit hunting. The first recorded mention of an English toy terrier was in 1850, and it was originally referred to as simply the “toy terrier”. The origin of the name “English” is uncertain. Some people believe that the name was derived from the “Little England” area of London, where the show dogs of the time were first seen on public exhibition. Others believe that the name came from the “English” section of the Kennel Club, which was the first section in England to register the breed. The “toy” part of the name is due to the fact that the miniature version of the English was much smaller than the larger standard version.

Time of Origin


Country of Origin

Great Britain


Black and Tan Terrier, Manchester Terrier

English Toy Terrier Physical Characteristics

The English Toy Terrier is a small, relatively long-haired, terrier breed of dog. They have hard, wiry hair that is typically red and comes in two varieties – wire haired and fur (or soft) coated. They stand between 8 and 15 inches tall at the shoulders and they weigh between 4 and 11 pounds. They have a high, rounded skull, small round ears, and a long tail. They have a strong, muscular body and short legs. They are generally very alert, intelligent, and stubborn dogs.

Eye Colors

Brown, Amber

Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Pied, Black, Brown

Height Range

Male Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Female Height Range: 10 – 12 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 6 – 8 lbs

Female Weight Range: 6 – 8 lbs

English Toy Terrier Health

Description of breed health.


12-13 yrs

English Toy Terrier Health Concerns

Pateller Luxation, Skin Allergies, Skin Conditions

English Toy Terrier Temperament and Behaviour

The English Toy Terrier is a lively and affectionate breed of small, stocky terrier. They are extremely loyal to their owner and family members, and are typically not aggressive. They are typically not afraid of being handled or restrained. English Toy Terriers are protective of the family, and can become anxious or uneasy if they feel their family is in danger.

English Toy Terrier Activity Requirements

English Toy Terriers are a small, friendly, and playful dog. They are great for families, as they are gentle, quiet, and cheerful. While English Toy Terriers are not as high-energy as some other small breeds, they still need a good amount of daily exercise and mental stimulation. Daily walks, as well as games of fetch and tug, are good ways to let your English Toy Terrier burn off some energy. They are a very intelligent breed that enjoys challenges, such as learning new tricks or playing games. If you are considering an English Toy Terrier, be sure you are able to provide adequate exercise and stimulation. These dogs are very intelligent and need both physical exercise and mental stimulation.

Miles Per Day

7 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

1 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Toy Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

English Toy Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

English Toy Terrier is part of the Toy group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

English Toy Terrier is part of the Unclassified group.

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