The English Toy Terrier is the oldest of the terrier breeds and is full of energy.
They are a small, slender but muscular dog with a long, narrow head and pointed, erect ears. Their smooth coat is black and tan.
They were bred to kill vermin and are said to be the best terrier for this task. They are highly intelligent, alert, eager to please and powerful. This makes them excellent at sports like agility but their body and brain must be kept exercised.
They generally get along well with people and are usually good natured with other dogs but may not be trustworthy around small mammals. They are very active indoors but need plenty of exercise outside too.
Their short, shiny coat is easy to care for with minimal grooming. They can be prone to problems with their blood.