American Canine Association


English Toy Terrier


The English Toy Terrier developed in England prior to the 1900's and believed to be of the same bloodlines of the Manchester Terrier and Old English Black and Tan Terrier. This breed was a small vermin hunting breed that is known to kill hundreds of rats within hours. Today, this breed is a companion dog within the USA.


The English Toy Terrier is a small breed dog with males and females measuring 10-12 inches in height and weighing 6-8 pounds in weight. This breed has a tiny, wedge shaped head forming into a small, rectangular muzzle. Their two round eyes are available in a light hazel to black in color. Their two ears are medium in size, triangular in shape and stand firm on the top of their head. Their general body build is rectangular, lean and active. Their tail is cropped as short as possible, almost as if it isn't there in appearance. Their single layer, short hair coat is tight to the skin, soft to the touch and available in black and tan with distinct markings on the legs, muzzle and chest.


The English Toy Terrier is small, but still much of a Terrier breed. This breed loves hunting small vermin, as it is a natural instinct, and due to this, we recomend households without any small pets for this breed. Generally, this breed does well with other dogs and even cats that he or she is able to grow up along side of. This breed is best for homes with older children, as they require firm, consistent leadership from their family members to allow the English Toy Terrier to know he is not above humans in pack order. This breed requires a daily walk, as well as indoor playtime. The English Toy Terrier would be fine within an apartment if he or she received enough physical and mental exercise daily. Early obedience and socialization classes are recommended.


This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed.

Special Notes

The English Toy Terrier requires a properly fenced in yard or proper fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times, due to their natural instinct to chase small animals. Please fully educate yourself about the English Toy Terrier prior to adding one to your family to ensure you are able to provide life long physical and financial care for your new family member. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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