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English toy terrier Breed Information

English toy terrier or the Manchester terrier, is the oldest known breed in the terrier family. This breed was originally developed in England as a rat hunter. English terrier can be found in two types, toy terrier and standard terrier. The toy terrier is very small when compared to the standard terrier. This breed has very small and smooth muscular body. Their head is long and narrow; tapering towards the end. They have erect ears, which is usually cropped after birth. When cropped, they are long in shape. Their teeth set to form scissor bite. They have thick tail which tapers towards the end. The coat covering their body is short and also smooth. They are available in the combination of black and tan colour. English toy terriers are powerful, cunning and also very intelligent. They are very devoted and at the same time independent in mind. They are always very alert and watchful regarding their surroundings. They are quick learners an also very keen to please their master. They enjoy the company of the family and can get upset if they are being left alone. They should not be trusted with smaller animals. Basically this breed is used for hunting and they have a natural tendency to hunt smaller animals. They should be properly exercised or they tend to get bored. This breed tends to get aggressive at certain times, and in order to avoid this they should be provided with firm training, from an early age. The average height of an English toy terrier is 25 cm to 30 cm, and the average weight found in them, 3 kg to 3.5 kg. This breed cannot withstand extreme cold climate, hence they should be brought in warm temperature. They can be comfortable in an apartment but daily exercise should be given to this breed. There are very active and enjoys daily long walks. They should not be left off the leash, as they will tend to run after small animals like squirrels and rats. They require only minimum grooming, but should be brushed and combed regularly. They should be bated once in every month. They are prone to health issues such as glaucoma, Von willebrandís disease, and they might be also affected by heat bumps if they are exposed o heat for a long time. The average life expectancy of this breed is 15 years.

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