Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier


There are 2 types of Manchester Terriers. They are the Standard and the Toy varieties. They originated in England during the 19th century to use as vermin hunters. The Toy variety was quite popular during the reign of Queen Victoria. Currently, they're not quite as popular as they used to be but they still make wonderful companions as well as having retained their ability to work.


Manchester Terriers are very energetic and must have a great deal of vigorous exercise. They love frequent walks while securely leashed as well as being able to play and run independently in a securely fenced area. It is vital that these dogs are supervised constantly because they're expert at escaping. Manchester Terriers do fine with apartment living as long as their excessive barking can be controlled and they get enough attention, stimulation and exercise.


Manchester Terriers don't need a lot of grooming. Brushing them occasionally will keep loose hair to a minimum. They must, however, have their teeth and ears checked and cleaned regularly. Health concerns with these dogs include epilepsy, cataracts, patella luxation, glaucoma, Von Willebrands disease, and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. They prefer warmer climates and shouldn't be left in the sun for very long at a time.


Manchester Terriers are small, athletic, agile, compact and alert. They're very lively, intelligent and vigilant. These dogs are graceful, elegant and sport a keen expression. They have better manners and are more responsive than some other Terrier breeds.


Manchester Terrier dogs have coats that are dense, smooth, short, tight fitting and dense. Their coat comes in the color of jet black and markings of mahogany tan. Depending on the variety of this breed, they're either average shedders or don't shed at all.


Manchester Terrier dogs are extremely loyal and make a devoted friend to their family and master. They show the true nature of a Terrier as in they're faithful and independent. These dogs are happier in homes with older children and shouldn't be in homes that house other household pets. They tend to be headstrong, snappish, combative and protective. This breed thrives on interaction with humans and demand attention from their family. They shouldn't be left by themselves for long periods or they'll get bored, hyper, and destroy things while barking constantly.


Manchester Terrier dogs must have intense socialization very early in life. They're quite eager to please and they learn quickly, so training isn't that difficult with them. However, these dogs don't respond to heavy handed or harsh training techniques. They also don't respond to corrective discipline. Training must be conducted with consistency, patience, respect, fairness, firmness and persistence. These dogs excel in obedience and agility.