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Manchester Terrier


Manchester Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • Toy: 10" - 12"
    Standard: 15" - 16"
  • Weight
  • Toy: under 12 lbs.
    Standard: 12-22 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Can be trained as a watch dog or guard dog
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Black and Tan terrier, English toy terrier.


The Manchester terrier originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed was created in the 1800's.


The Manchester terrier is believed to be a cross between the whippet and a black and tan terrier. It was used in many parts of England, including Manchester as a ratter. The toy and standard varieties were considered two breeds until 1959.


The Manchester terrier is a small, smooth, short bodied, and muscular dog with the appearance of a miniature Doberman pinscher. Its wedge shaped head is long and narrow with a black nose and small, dark eyes that slant upwards. The toy Manchester has naturally erect and thin ears, while the standard has naturally erect, cropped, or button ears. Its fairly short tail tapers to a point. It has a short, smooth, glossy black coat with mahogany markings on the eyebrows, muzzle, forelegs, under the tail on the chest, and inside the ears. The toes have black pencil marks.


This is an alert dog that is usually less active than the typical terrier. Although it is affectionate with its family, it is wary with strangers, making it an excellent watchdog. It exibits some typical terrier behaviors, being a digger, vocal, possessive, and untrustworthy with small animals.


This breed was, for a long time, the best dog for hunting rodents of all sizes. It was used in the countryside, in basements of old English houses, and in general stores. Because of its small size and pleasantness, it is today appreciated as a companion dog.

Health Concerns

Glaucoma, skin problems, von Willebrand's disease.

Additional Information

This breed adapts well to most living situations.

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