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Engelsk toy terrier

The English Toy Terrier is closely related to the slightly bigger Manchester Terrier as well as the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, which is believed to be its direct ancestor. Up until the 1960s, this charming little dog was known in the United Kingdom under the name "Miniature Black and Tan Terrier". Its history stretches back to the 16th century when it was developed as a small and easy to carry companion for hunters who trained it to flush out game birds and foxes. Its extraordinary hunting skills made it also being used to get rid of vermin like rats and mice. The English Toy Terrier held on to its popularity throughout the 19th century when it was known as one of the best „ratters“ in Great Britain, having to kill rats as a betting sport. In 1848 a specimen named „Tiny“ because it only weighed just over two kilos, was recorded to have killed over three hundred rats in just an hour. The growing demand for miniature dogs in the early 20th century led to a lot of interbreeding which caused various genetic diseases and made the English Toy Terrier a generally very unhealthy dog. It only survived thanks to the efforts of some British breeders who gradually made this dog strong and healthy and therefore demanded again. Today the English Toy Terrier is known to be a very robust and sleek breed that is popular not only in the UK, but also in mainland Europe, the United States and parts of Asia.

Appearance

The English Toy Terier is a small dog of a graceful, elegant and well-proportioned build with long and slender limbs. It reaches a shoulder height of up to thirty centimetres and weighs up to four kilos, the males and females being the same size and weight. Its short and smooth coat is only permitted in a shiny black colour with the typical, clearly seperated tan-coloured markings on the chest, the legs, on the mussle and above the eyes. The English Toy Terrier’s most distintive features are its long, pointy head and the erect, long and triangular ears.

Personality

The English Toy Terrier is an inquisitive, friendly and very alert dog that can show quite a lively and...

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