Manchester Terrier Puppy Facts

Did you just bring home a new Manchester Terrier puppy and want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

This is one of the older terrier breeds. It was developed by John Hulme in early 1800s in Manchester, England by crossing the oldest of the terrier breeds, the Black and Tan Terrier, with the Whippet.

At the time when the breed was created, Manchester was the center for two "poor men's sports", rat killing and rabbit coursing. The Manchester Terrier, also known as the Toy English Terrier, was developed to excel in both activities.

Eventually the sport was banned but its demise didn't bring the demise of the breed. Manchester Terriers were kept in public inns, on farms, ships, and other places that were infested with rats. There, they could practice what they do best, not for the sport but for a more practical matter.

The peak of the breed's popularity was during the Victorian era, when it was prized not only for its ratting skills but also for its good looks. Though today it's kept mostly for companionship, the Manchester Terrier still retains its rat hunting abilities.

There are two variations of the breed, the Toy Manchester Terrier (developed during the reign of queen Victoria) and the Standard Manchester Terrier, and up to 1959 they were treated by AKC as two distinct breeds.

The Manchester Terrier is a foundation dog used in the creation of such breeds as the Australian Terrier and the Doberman Pinscher.

The breed was recognized by AKC in 1886 (toy) and 1887 (standard).

Physical Characteristics of Manchester Terrier Puppies

There are two types of the Manchester Terrier: Standard and Toy.

The body, regardless of the type, is slightly longer than it's tall. The neck is slim and slightly arched. The chest is narrow between the legs and deep in the brisket, and the abdomen should be tucked up extending in an arched line from the deep brisket. The tail is moderately short and tapers to a point. It's carried in an upward curve, but never over the back.

The hind legs are carried back. They are muscular, with upper and lower thighs being approximately equal in length. The back feet are cat-like with thick pads and jet black nails.

The head is long and narrow, with small, almond shaped eyes that are usually black, and erect ears. The ears can be naturally erect (the only correct ear for the toy variety) or cropped. Naturally erect ears are usually wider at the base than cropped ears.

The coat is glossy and should be smooth, short, and dense. It comes in black (the dominant color) and tan, with small tan spots over the eyes and on each cheek. The muzzle is also tan and there is tan on front and back legs. The colors should end abruptly and not blend in.

    Height Weight
  Male 10 - 12 inches (toy) up to 12 pounds
    15 - 16 inches (standard) 12 - 22 pounds
  Female 10 - 12 inches (toy) up to 12 pounds
    15 - 16 inches (standard) 12 - 22 pounds


The Manchester Terrier is an intelligent and high-spirited dog that is eager to learn. He loves to please and is extremely loyal and devoted to his family. He enjoys human company and is not well suited to being alone all day. He is good with children, especially when introduced to them as a puppy.

Like other terriers, he can be a bit stubborn and requires firm training. Without your leadership and a set of rules that establish what the dog is allowed and not allowed to do, your pet can become too demanding, snappish, and even aggressive.

They also can't be trusted with small animals such as rabbits, rats, and cats. Socializing your dog to other animals while he is still young can be helpful, and I recommend it, but the hunting instinct is just too strong... Even if your dog is good with a family cat, chances are he will not be as tolerant to a strange cat.

Extremely active, Manchester Terriers excel in dog agility and do well in obedience trials. They will enjoy any activity that stimulates them physically -- running, playing catch, etc. On the flip side, when bored or not getting enough physical stimulation, they can resort to various destructive behaviors, including excessive barking, becoming snappish, etc.

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Despite being a fairly active breed, the Manchester Terrier can adjust to an apartment lifestyle as long as it gets regular exercise.

It prefers warm weather. If you live in a cold climate, you may want to get your pet a doggie sweater when the weather gets cold.

Some Manchester Terrier breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

This is an active breed that needs lots of regular exercise to stay in shape and discourage behavioral problems.

It can get plenty of exercise by playing and running off leash. If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, you can take your pet along -- he will not only get his exercise but he will also enjoy this activity. Like other terrier breeds, the Manchester Terrier likes to chase small animals so never leave your pet off leash in an unprotected area.

At a minimum, take your pet for several long walks every day.


The Manchester Terrier is an average shedder and its grooming requirements are very low. 

Brush occasionally, more in the spring, to remove dead hair. Wipe down with a damp cloth to give its coat shiny and healthy appearance.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, Manchester Terriers are susceptible to complications caused by internal and external parasites such as ticks, fleas, and worms.

Other health concerns include eye and skin problems, and von Willebrand's disease (an inherited bleeding disorder). For more information about dog diseases and health, visit dog health problems.

Buy only from reputable Manchester Terrier breeders to reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Manchester Terrier puppies is between 14 and 16 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Manchester Terrier rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.

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