Historically Ratters

English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) puppiesEnglish Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) puppiesIn the mid to late 1800's, ratting or vermin killing was important to maintain some form of human hygiene. As the show dog scene developed, individual breeds were recorded in the first Stud Books. Over the next century or so, the traditional role of ratting terriers diminished because of the use of more sophisticated means of vermin destruction. But in this section we shall consider six separate Toy breeds which were originally developed as specialized killers of vermin, particularly rats and mice.

Australian Silky1

Yorkshire Terrier and Australian Silky Terrier

These two breeds are coupled together here because from the Yorkshire terrier, the Australian Silky developed. It is often hard to believe that the Yorkshire Terrier with his glamorous coat historically originated for ratting. The Australian Silky Terrier which also was originally a ratter, developed from a cross between the Australian Terrier and the Yorkshire Terrier. »» Read more...

Griffons rough smooth

Griffon Bruxellois and Affenpinscher

The Toy breed popularly called 'the Griffon' comes in three varieties, the rough coated Griffon Bruxellois, his smooth coated counterpart the Petit Brabancon and the Griffon Belge which come in colours other than red. But because all three are combined here in Australia as Griffon Bruxellois, they are considered here together. The rough coated Griffon Bruxellois historically had its origin ... »» Read more...

English Toy Mum and pip

English Toy Terrier and Miniature Pinscher

This page contains two smooth coated toy dogs of roughly the same size. Beginning with English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), this breed is still called the Toy Manchester in USA and Canada because it is considered the toy variety of the Manchester Terrier. This page also includes another European ratter, the Miniature Pinscher which, at first glance looks remarkably ... »» Read more...