Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier, English Toy Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Terrier, Toy
Height: Toy 10-12 in., Standard 15-16 in.
Weight: Toy 6-8 lbs., Standard 17-18 lbs.
Life span: 15 yrs. plus
Trainability: high
Good with children: yes with early socialization
Good with other pets: high prey drive, may chase small animals

What is the origin of the Manchester Terrier?

There was a strain of black and tan terriers used for killing vermin as far back as the 16th century in England. These terriers were crossed with whippets for speed and their popularity around Manchester earned them their name. The Manchester Terrier and the Miniature Black and Tan Terrier were once two separate breeds. The Miniature Black and Tan Terrier was re-named the English Toy Terrier in 1962. The English Toy and the Manchester are very closely related. Because of the decline of the Manchester Terrier, the North American Toy Manchester Terrier is being re-registered as the English Toy Terrier in Great Britain.

What does the Manchester Terrier look like?

There are 2 varieties of Manchester Terrier, Standard and Toy. The Standard is 15-16 inches tall and weight 17-18 lbs. The Toy is 6-8 lbs. The Toy is just a smaller version of the Standard. The head is long and narrow. Ears are erect, sometimes cropped in the Standard, or folded over (button). Eyes are small, almond-shaped and dark. The tail is tapering and slightly curved. The coat is short, smooth and glossy. Colors are black and tan. The coat should be brushed once a week.

What is the temperament of the Manchester Terrier?

As with most terrier breeds, the Manchester is independent and curious. They are very intelligent and learn easily. Early firm, consistent obedience training and socialization will help avoid problems such as aggression, snapping and destructiveness. They are usually friendly with other dogs, especially if raised with them. They will accept children who treat them well. They may view small animals as prey. Manchesters can be reserved with strangers. They like to be indoors with their family. These lively dogs should have vigorous walks and the opportunity to run in a secure area.

What is the Manchester Terrier used for?

Manchesters are still used as vermin hunters. They compete in agility and obedience trials. Manchesters are devoted, loyal companions.

Possible Health Issues

von Willebrand’s Disease, hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts.

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