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English Toy Terrier

English Toy Terrier

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Breed Organization
American Manchester Terrier Club
Native Country
Great Britain
Other Names
American Toy Manchester Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, Black and Tan Toy Terrier
Life Expectancy
Approximately 13-16 Years
Litter Size
Average 3-5 Puppies
Breed Group
Breed Appearance
The Toy Manchester Terrier in North America is a small, long legged dog with a short coat marked with tan, a long tail and ears which stand upright. In color and general conformation the Toy Manchester Terrier follows the standard for the Manchester Terrier. However, the Toy Manchester Terrier cannot exceed 12 pounds (5.4 kg) in weight; and, unlike the larger Manchester Terrier, for the Toy Manchester Terrier, cropped ears are a disqualification. Ears should be wide at the base and pointed at the tip.

Breed Description
Head: Long. Narrow, flat skull. Slight stop. Muzzle tapers slightly toward the nose. Strong jaws.
Ears: Long and erect. Wider at the base and tapering toward the slightly pointed tip. Set well up on the skull and relatively close together.
Eyes: Small, almond, set obliquely in the skull. Dark to black color.
Body: Compact. Long, graceful, slightly arched neck. Straight, deep chest.
Tail: Set low. Thick at the root and tapering to a point, not reaching beyond the hocks.
Hair: Short, dense, thick.
Coat: Black and tan (black with tan markings). Jet black and rich mahogany tan. Clear, well defined lines of color. Tan markings on the muzzle, lower jaw, throat, and front of forelegs. Tan spot above each eye and on each cheek.
Size: 25 to 30 cm.
Weight: 2.7 to 3.6 kg.

The Toy Manchester Terrier was bred from small Manchester Terriers, creating a diminutive version of the original. The breed was decreased in size even more in the nineteenth century, when it was fashionable for women to tuck toy dogs in their sleeves. Beginning in the twentieth century, breeders returned to the more robust, stronger, miniature.

This energetic, lively, hardy little dog has a true terrier personality. He is a cheerful, affectionate companion. Wary of strangers, he also guards the home, raising the alarm with his shrill bark. Firm training is needed.

Sensitivity to the sun, cold and damp weather, deterioration of the ball of hip, possible skin ailments, fractures, slipped stifle, glaucoma, and von Willebrand's disease.

This breed is well suited to indoor living. The Toy Manchester Terrier needs little exercise. Daily brushing is required.

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