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Manchester Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: Varies from the different breeds
Height: Varies from the different breeds
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt a Manchester Terrier, Dog Breed Guide


Among all the known and still existing terrier dogs today, the Manchester Terrier is the oldest of them all. There are two varieties of the Manchester Terrier:

  • The Toy Manchester Terrier
  • The Standard Manchester Terrier

Official Name

Manchester Terrier
This dog breed is recognized by some canine registries, breeders and dog aficionados like the Black and Tan Manchester.


Date – 19th Century
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Terrier, Toy


Manchester Terriers are the oldest among all the known terriers and were initially developed in England. They got their name from the city where breeders first developed them as a purebred, the city of Manchester. Terrier breeders created them to produce an efficient rat hunter. These dogs were so impressive and tenacious in hunting rats that they earned the nickname Rat Terrier of England. The Manchester terrier breed is the result of crossing the Black-and-Tan Terrier with the Whippet dog breed. During Queen Victoria’s reign, these English dogs became very popular among all other small dogs.

The two sizes of Manchester Terriers separated and were recognized as distinct breeds only in the year 1959.


The two varieties of this rat hunting terrier are both alert and somewhat less active when compared to all other types of terriers. These dogs will show affection towards their family and friends. When around strangers, these terriers will be wary. So much so that they can be considered as excellent watchdogs! It is a terrier so expect typical behaviors that are seen in most dogs included in this group. These are digging, being very vocal and very possessive.

Bred For

Both the Standard and Toy variety of these terriers were developed as an efficient rat hunter.


The two Manchester Terrier dog variety can adapt very well in all kinds of living conditions. They are great dogs to have as pets in apartments and condos. They are dogs that will prefer areas that experience warm weather conditions.


The two types of Manchester Terrier dogs are very easy and fast to groom. Most of these dogs require no grooming at all. The Standard Manchester Terriers are dogs that shed hair in average amounts. The Toy variety sheds very little or sheds no hair at all.


These rat hunting terriers are known to be highly trainable. They are so smart these dogs can be trained for and have excelled at agility competitions.


There are lines of Manchester terriers that are more prone to acquire glaucoma as compared to the other lines of this breed. There are also some lines that are more prone to acquire various skin related problems. Both Toy and Standard varieties are known to be commonly afflicted with Von Willebrand’s disease.


The Manchester Terrier dog breed is pretty high maintenance when it comes to their activity needs. The average daily walking session is not sufficient. These dogs should be brought to parks or have an ample amount of space for them to run and play regularly. They are known to be perfect dogs to take on biking or jogging trails.



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