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Manchester Terrier


Life span: 14-16 Years

Height: 10 – 12 inches (Toy) and 20 – 22 inches (Standard)

Weight: 12 lbs. (Toy) and 22 lbs. (Standard)

A breed of Terrier, the Manchester Terrier has the distinction of coming in two different sizes – the small “toy” version and the slightly larger “standard” version. The Manchester is noted for its streamlined build which bears resemblance to that of a coursing breed, and indeed, it is quite fast. It has a smooth coat of short hair that has a black, blue, and tan color pattern.

This breed can be quite difficult to train and must be taught they are not the leaders. They can be stubborn at times, but will listen once treats are involved. They can also be quite mischievous, but will always be loving towards their family.

Physical Characteristics

Their ears are small and bend down, with a small tail that remains down when resting. The eyes are brown with a black nose. Their coat is dense, short, straight, and rough to the touch. Coat colors include black, red, brown and light brown.


Originating in Manchester, England, this breed is part of the Terrier group. They were the result of crossbreeding the Whippet and another crossbred Terrier. Their main purpose was to hunt rats and vermin, however, they were also used for hunting rabbits, foxes and hares. During hunting, small dogs were carried in pouches, naming them “Groom’s Pocket Piece”. Once the big dogs chased the prey into a bush, the Manchester Terrier’s job began. Due to this, they were nicknamed “Gentlemen’s Terrier”. They became highly popular during the 19th century, giving popularity to its place of origin and earning it its current name. In 1886 the Toy type was recognized by the American Kennel Club, recognizing the Standard type in 1887. It was not until 1959 that they began being considered the same breed.


This playful breed is energetic, although not overly so, and need plenty of daily exercise. They do not get along well with small animals, but will get along just fine with cats or other large household pets. They also get along well with children but are not tolerant of them or of adults if they play rough. Their excellent hearing is a trait that makes them great guard dogs, especially if paired with another guard dog such as the German Shepherd or the Doberman. The Manchester Terrier lets you and the other guard dog know of anyone within their territory, letting them take over afterwards if it is a threat. This also makes them loud dogs. To convince them that it is not a threat you must properly introduce them, given that they are wary of strangers. However, they are loyal and loving with their family.


Although generally healthy, this breed can suffer from:

  • Glaucoma, which causes pressure to build up in the eye and may lead to blindness or cause severe harm in just a few hours. Symptoms can include squinting, red eyes, tearing, eye rubbing, etc. It must be treated as soon as possible.
  • Heat Bumps, which can appear if the dog is in direct sunlight for too long.
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease, which is a blood disease that affects the clotting process, its symptoms can be nosebleeds, prolonged bleeding from surgery, occasional blood in stools, etc.


This breed is easy to care for, needing only an occasional bath and running a glove through its coat every few weeks. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Even though they are not overly active, they do need daily exercise, usually a few walks a day should suffice. Training might be difficult for this breed given that they are quite stubborn and must be trained firmly but kindly. If not trained properly, they will believe they are the leaders and might become aggressive and bossy. Positive reinforcement, especially involving treats, is the best method for this breed. Early socialization is a must for this breed.


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