Manchester Terrier

Breed History

Manchester Terrier is a small size dog with an athletic build and strong hunting ability. Ears can vary from straight to floppy with sizes that range from toy and standard size.

Their name comes from the city where the breed was made which is Manchester in England. Second part of their name comes from being a Terrier which is a hunter of small rodents and vermin.

Rat hunting was something countries in England were in need of because of the infestations that could affect the farming business. Getting a Terrier would help in minimizing the losses.

These dogs can kill a few hundred rats per hour and if you have a few Terriers that could really make a real impact on the business. Contributions like this makes the country indebted to this dog.

Rabbit hunting became a strong activity decades later and these small hunters were perfect due to their agility, speed, and stamina. Bigger dogs catching a rabbit can prove difficult for multiple reasons.

Crossbreeding a Whippet with a Black and Tan Terrier gave the result of a Manchester Terrier in the 19th century. Two different sizes would emerge as a toy and standard but were different breeds.

Kennel clubs were already allowing the dogs to breed with each other without penalty. After some time would pass, they put the two breeds together and made them into one in 1959.


In 1886, they would receive their recognition from the American Kennel Club, and they are shown registration all over the world from several major kennel clubs.

Top 130 in popularity they will stay in this range and will not become more popular. Different dogs that look the same such as the Doberman Pinscher and Miniature Pinscher have more popularity with the same look.

Terrier Group is the category almost every kennel club puts them in. Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standards for the Manchester Terrier.


Toy Size

Height: 10-12 inches

Weight: under 12 pounds

Standard Size

Height: 15-16 inches

Weight:  12-20 pounds

Litter Size

3 to 4 puppies are the average litter size for the Manchester Terrier. Breeders should be aware of the number of incoming puppies. Keeping the puppies until at least eight weeks of age is the best practice before selling them to a responsible owner.


  • Black and Tan
  • Black
  • Tan Markings


$1,000-$2,000 is the average price of a Manchester Terrier. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other factors can affect the cost of the puppy.

Registration will ensure that the dog has met the strict guidelines in the breed standard and both parents, not just one, have received papers from an official kennel club.

Without papers is due to one, or both, of the parents not being able to receive papers. Most likely this issue is due to crossbreeding.


Taking the dog on a long walk or run before you start grooming will continue to be the best process to get the dog calm and create a great experience for the groomer and the dog. Using a leash is another great tip to communicate that you want the dog to standstill during the entire process.

  1. Brushing
  2. Bathing
  3. Ears
  4. Nails
  5. Professional Help

Brush the coat at least once every two weeks. This dog is low maintenance when it comes to grooming and they only host a smooth single coat.

Bathe the dog after a long run or walk. Make sure you give them some hydration from the water hose and putting water on the stomach is the quickest way to cool them off.

Clean the ears at least once per week and keep them free of dirt build up. Vet visits can become costly when an ear infection is preventable. If you see the dog scratching the ears, shaking their heads excessively, and developing an odor in the area they have an ear infection.

Trim the nails when running and walking the dog daily, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise your dog, which we don’t recommend, get them cut with clippers or take them to a professional groomer.

Professional help is not a recommendation with this breed.

Life Span

15 years is the average lifespan for the Manchester Terrier. That’s a long very long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment they are signing up for. Great dog to consider adopting due to their long lifespan.

Health Issues

Generally healthy dog and their official kennel club for Manchester Terriers don’t recommend many health checks. Here are the few that they do recommend getting checked out for all future and current dog owners.

Von Willebrand’s Disease – bleeding disorder that affects some dogs more than others. Inability to clot can cause the dog to bleed excessively losing more blood than normal. Terrier breeds are high up on the list when it comes to having this problem.

Thyroid – excessive eating, never ending thirst, and massive weight gain are signs that your dog may be suffering from a Thyroid issue. Getting early treatment is best case scenario so getting early testing is the best option for all owners.

Breed Group

Proud members of the Terrier Group for standards and Toy Group for the toy size Manchester Terrier. Terriers will always have a connection to farmers and farmland protecting them from rodents.

All these dogs have that one task in common which is hunting vermin and rodents. Other small animals are on the list as well, but these are some of the smallest hunters with strong prey drive.

Here are some of the popular dogs in the group.

Toy group for the Toy Manchester Terrier

Exercise Needs

Manchester Terrier needs a lot of exercise and they need it every day. Owners are unaware of how much their dog needs and there is a simple solution to find out how many.

Many owners think that walking to the mailbox, taking the dog to the bathroom, or putting them in the backyard is exercise. And that’s true and not true and you should let your dog be your guide to the answer.

If the dog is showing signs of overexcitement, jumping, and constantly whining those are strong signs that the dog isn’t getting enough exercise. Look at the behavior and they will tell you if you’re falling short.

Digging, barking excessively, nipping, and biting are all behaviors that dogs use when they are not getting enough exercise. When dogs get enough exercise they never seem to engage in this behavior.

Once you change and start exercising the dog every day all these behaviors will start to melt away.

Here is a basic recommendation we would give clients

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs and young adult dogs will need the most exercise and you should focus runs and multiple sessions per day to curb their energy levels.

Adult dogs, around three years old, will start to show a decline in energy levels in most cases. Understanding the dog’s behavior will help guide you to start doing one session a day instead of two.

Finally, senior dogs don’t need much exercise and one session a day is the max. Walking around the block once every other day can keep them happy without too much exercise.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Exercising the dog is the foundation all training program should start upon and continue for the dog’s entire life. Most time-consuming activity you will do, and the dog needs exercise every day to reach their maximum behavior potential. Changing from zero exercise to one hour per day consistently throughout a year will result in 365 hours of exercise in one year. In addition, two hours per day can result in 730 hours per year. I can guarantee the dog will change without hesitation for the consistent dog owner.

Commands are important and come second to exercising. Repetition will help teach the dog most commands in a few days and dogs normally remember those commands forever. Using treats, toy and my favorite life rewards will yield the best results.

Socialize the dog after a long run or walk to have them in the best mental state to meet children, adults, and other dogs. Before vet visits, dog parks, parks, car rides and any other activity you do that will be a social environment.

Correct the dog verbally, on, and off leash. Timing is the best thing to focus on and master. Preventing the entire behavior from happening is the only timing that makes sense to the dog. Laying down or sitting after the correction is the best practice as well. Same thing the mother does to puppies when they correct them. Although these sound simple they’re the building blocks to correcting the dog both on and off leash with strong command.

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