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    English Toy Terrier |England|

    English Toy Terrier |England|

    In nineteenth-century England, the English Toy Terrier’s ancestors were known as the best ratting dogs around, used for the sport of ratting that was popular in public houses and other venues across the country. Dogs were let loose in special “rat pits” and judged on how many rats they could kill, and how quickly. The dogs were also prized for their vermin control on farms, and in towns, factories, dockyards, and homes. A fashion arose for miniaturizing the breed, which almost led to its destruction, but the dogs were salvaged by a handful of breeders who reinstated their excellent qualities. These are charming, lively and gregarious dogs with a high prey drive for small animals. They are intelligent and relatively easy (for a terrier) to train, but may show aggression to strange dogs if not properly socialized.

    English Toy Terrier |England| English Toy Terrier |England|
    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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