The Manchester Terrier is an intelligent pet. Here is your informative A-list of Manchester Terrier. Manchester Terrier nickname was Rat Terrier. The Manchester Terrier dog breed was originated from the city called Manchester, England in 19th century. They were bred for hunting rats and other vermin in England. Manchester Terriers are the oldest Terrier breeds. John Hulme developed this Manchester Terrier dog breed by crossing between Black & Tan Terrier and a Whippet. There are two type of Manchester Terrier is available now which is the standard and the toy. The toy Manchester Terrier was popular in the Victorian era. The standard Manchester Terrier was recognized by American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887 whereas toy Manchester Terrier was recognized in 1886. Today, toy Manchester Terrier is lovely companion pet for us and the standard Manchester Terrier is still a good vermin hunter.

Facts about Manchester Terrier

  • Temperament – The Manchester Terrier is agile, alert, easygoing, independent, intelligent, lively, loyal, sporty and affectionate with family. Owner should not leave this dog breed for long period, Manchester Terrier needs a lot of attention else it will become destructive. They thrive on human companionship and they can get along well with children. Manchester Terrier dogs have strong protective instinct so they are a good watch dog. It is recommended to give obedience training and early socialization for Manchester Terrier puppies. They can pick up training easily. Do not keep them together with non-canine pets. They can get along well with other dogs. This dog breed requires experienced owner. Manchester Terriers require plenty of exercise everyday and they are a fast runner. They live well in warm climates.
  • Appearance – The Manchester Terrier has a muscular body. They look alike as Doberman Pinscher even though they are not related. They have a long head with tight skinned and they come with a pair of almond-shaped small eyes. The standard Manchester Terrier has a pair of V-shaped ears which naturally folded over. The toy Manchester Terrier is usually has a pair of erect ears. They have a black nose. The Manchester Terrier has a slim neck and the chest is narrow between the legs. The front legs are straight and the hind legs are carried well back. They have a short tail and tapers to a point. The Manchester Terrier has a short and tight fitting coat.

Here are some Manchester Terrier Pictures

Manchester Terrier Breed Information

Size Toy or standard
Height 25-30 cm (toy) and 35-40 cm (standard)
Weight 2.5 – 2.5kg (toy) and 8 kg (standard)
Colour Black and tan combination
Group Terrier Breed Dog
Life Span 14 – 16 years
Litter Size Average 2 – 4 puppies
Exercise Ability Daily and long walks is needed, let them run free and play around at fenced yard
Grooming Requirements Brush regularly with bristle brush. Standard Manchester Terrier is average shedder and toy Manchester Terrier is light shedder
Environment Indoor
Barking Average
Recognition CKC, APRI, DRA, NKC, AKC, ACR, FCI, KCGB, a href=”http://www.ankc.org.au” target=”new”>ANKC, NZKC, CET, CCR


The Manchester Terrier is prone to epilepsy, glaucoma, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, patella luxation and Von Willebrands disease.

If you are interested in this dog breed, you may adopt Manchester Terrier from Manchester Terrier rescue or buy a dog from Manchester Terrier breeders.

Manchester Terrier Breeders

Rustic Lane Manchester Terriers – Manchester Terrier breeders located in the State of Florida, USA

Spiceisle – Manchester Terrier breeders located in the State of Washington, USA

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