The Black and Tan English Toy Terrier is a watchful, affectionate breed that loves to spend time with people. Due to their small size, these dogs are well-suited for a variety of living environments. Black and Tan English Toy Terriers have attention-seeking personalities and are typically good with children.
This breed's ancestor, the Black and Tan Terrier, was developed for the now-outlawed sport of rat-baiting. In such a competition, being small had its advantages.
After the sport was outlawed, the Black and Tan Terrier broke off into two separate breeds: the English Toy Terrier and the Toy Manchester Terrier.
Today, the Black and Tan English Toy Terrier is a rare breed. As such, the UK Kennel Club has opened the stud books to American Kennel Club-registered Toy Manchester Terriers to increase numbers.
Sturdy and compact, the Black and Tan English Toy Terrier is a small breed that looks very similar to the Manchester Toy Terrier.
The smooth-coated, short-haired Black and Tan English Toy Terrier is, as you might expect, black and tan.
Petite and trim, the Black and Tan English Toy Terrier has ears that stand upright and taper toward their tops in a pointy, candle flame-like fashion. The breed also has a tapered tail.
This high-spirited, intelligent, and eager-to-learn breed has a true terrier nature and temperament. For the most part, Black and Tan English Toy Terriers are loving, approachable, and completely loyal to family. As a result, they don't like to be left alone for any length of time.
Suitable for both urban and rural living, Black and Tan English Toy Terriers are good with older children. Interaction with younger children, however, should be supervised.
The Black and Tan English Toy Terrier may be wary around strangers and attempt to hunt other small animals. You should socialize your pup with other pets and kids early in their life.
Black and Tan English Toy Terriers need a high-quality diet that's formulated for their age and size. As you should with any dog, monitor the amount of food your Black and Tan English Toy Terrier eats, and reduce the portions if your pup gains weight. Also, consider that giving too many treats in addition to regular meals can contribute to obesity.
Because Black and Tan English Toy Terriers have short, dense coats, they require little grooming. Occasional brushing with a grooming mitt and polishing cloth should be all your dog needs to stay looking sharp.
The English Toy Terrier doesn't need a lot of exercise. About 30 minutes of movement every day should be enough—though your dog will surely enjoy more if you have an active lifestyle.
As for the type of exercise, English Toy Terriers excel in dog sports—including earthdog trials, lure coursing, agility, tracking, flyball, and both rally and competitive obedience.
An intelligent breed, the Black and Tan English Toy Terrier tends to be stubborn. But you can overcome this tendency with reward-based obedience training using treats and favorite toys.
Reviewed July 26, 2020 by Cindy Elston, DVM, MPH