Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier At a Glance

Country of Origin:

Great Britain

Breed Group:

AKC (Standard: Terrier, Toy: Toy); ANKC (Terriers); CKC (Standard: Terrier, Toy: Toy); FCI (Terriers); KC (Terrier); UKC (Standard: Terrier, Toy: Toy)


Small and Medium. Weight: Standard: 12–22 lbs; Toy: No more than 12 lbs Height: Standard: Males 15.5–16 inches; Females 15 inches;  Toy: 10–12 inches est.


Short and sleek.


Jet Black and Rich Mahogany Tan

Life Span:

15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

Black and Tan Terrier, England’s original ratter, is one of the Manchester Terrier's ancestors.

Manchester Terrier Overview

The Manchester Terrier is a direct descendant of the Black and Tan Terrier, England’s original ratter. A breeder from Manchester refined the breed, wanting a dog with both agility and grit. He crossed the Black and Tans with a Whippet to create the slender, agile dog of today. The Manchester comes in both Standard and Toy varieties.


Manchester Terrier Characteristics

The Manchester Terrier sports a black and tan coat making his appearance similar to that of the Doberman or Miniature Pinscher. However, his tail is not usually docked like that of the Pinschers. The Manchester also has a slightly more willowy appearance and may have either drooped ears, or upright, Whippet-like ears.


Manchester Terrier Temperament

Like many terriers, the Manchester is spirited, intelligent and active. He is loyal and devoted, and likes to be around people, however is not clinging. They are clean and sporty, making them a popular dog. They do retain the need to chase and play, be it a ball or rat.

Smooth Fox Terrier


Manchester Terrier Care

This breed lives on average over 15 years, above average even for small dogs. A few health concerns include cardiomyopathy in the toy variety and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease and Von Willebrand’s disease in both the Standard and Toys. Careful breeding can help reduce the incidence of disease.


Manchester Terrier Coat

The short, sleek coat of the Manchester is very easy to care for and requires only brushing on occasion. Dogs with drooped ears should also have around and inside their ears cleaned regularly to help prevent any infections.


Manchester Terrier Training

A terrier through and through, the Manchester can have a stubborn streak that makes him difficult to train. He does best with motivation and positive reinforcement. If he is given a reason and motivation for his training, he will be more eager to respond.


Manchester Terrier Activity

Activity is needed with the Manchester. He thrives on activities with the family indoors and out, and long walks, games of fetch or play are what he needs to be happy. Games that stimulate his mind such as finding hidden objects or ratting will help quell his natural instincts.


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