The origins of the English Toy
Terrier (Black and Tan) were a utilitarian dog whose prowess at
rat killing was highly prized in those vermin infested towns, which
grew up during the industrial revolution, and also on the farms
and sailing ships of those times.
Black and Tan Terriers go back
to the early 16th century. Prior to 1960 they were known as miniature
Black and Tan Terriers. They are the oldest of Britains native toy
breeds. They have a thick, close, shinny coat.
The ENGLISH TOY TERRIER is one
of the oldest and most distinctive of the many breeds of dogs that
had their origin in England, and although it has had great influence
in the information of many of today's popular pure-bred breeds,
this little dog has never attained general popularity, but has throughout
the ages remained a true fancier's dog. As a consequence there are
still many people who do not know this fascinating little breed.
A TERRIER - the English Toy is
the original top Rat Dog and equally good at ousting any other rodents
from their hiding places. A GUNDOG - have you seen an ENGLISH TOY
in the field, he is an excellent Retriever! A HOUND - in some parts
of the USA the English Toy is bred as a squirrel dog, and on track
he will chase the lure as any hound. A WORKING or UTILITY DOG -
no more faithful guard or courageous watchdog could you have than
the ENGLISH TOY. Faithful until death if need be he will protect
your possessions as well as his own. A NON-SPORTING strutting its
beauty - indeed, an English Toy can qualify there too. A TOY - well,
an English Toy likes a cuddle as much the next dog.
non-shedding to minimal shedding of coat, a brush now and then or
a wipe over is all they need. Bath when needed.
do not require a lot of exercise. Although they may appear dainty
and frail they do enjoy long walks and can walk for many miles.
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