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Toy Manchester Terrier

Toy Manchester Terrier by Matthew Hunt
Descended from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, the Toy Manchester Terrier, also known as the English Toy Terrier, is the smaller version of the Standard Manchester Terrier.

The Black and Tan Terrier reached the height of its popularity during the Victorian Era as a champion in the sport of rat pitting, where the dog would be placed in a pit to see how many rats it could kill in the shortest amount of time. After the sport was outlawed in 1898, the Black and Tan Terrier became a house pet. During the 1920s, the United Kingdom Kennel Club split the breed into the larger Manchester Terrier and the smaller Miniature Black and Tan Terrier.

The Miniature Black and Tan Terrier was renamed the Toy Manchester Terrier in the 1930s in the U.S. and the English Toy Terrier in the 1960s in the U.K.

Besides size, the difference between the Standard Manchester Terrier and the Toy Manchester Terrier is that the Toy cannot have cropped ears and they must naturally stand erect.

Weight: under 12 lbs (5.4 kg)
Height: 10-12 inches (25.4–30.5 cm)
Coat: Smooth, tight and sleek.
Color: Black and tan.
Life span: 15-17 years

Temperament: Agile, Affectionate, Athletic, Spirited, Intelligent.

Health: May be susceptible to patellar luxation. breast cancer (females) and canine pyometra.

Special Interest:

• The ancestor of the Russian Toy.
• Looks similar to the German Miniature Pinscher, but are of different ancestry.
• In 1848, a small Black and Tan Terrier named Tiny the Wonder, weighing just 5 1⁄2 pounds (2.5 kg), killed 200 rats in less than an hour.

Classifications:
AKC: Toy
CKC: Toy Group
UKC: Terrier Group

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