Energetic and spirited by nature, the Manchester Terrier is a lively terrier dog. It is playful and loves nothing more than play fetch with its family. Although this dog completely loves and adores its family, it is also independent. However, contrary to having an independent streak, the Manchester Terrier tends to have separation issues, so it is best suited for families where one member stays at home most of the time.
Manchester Terriers, despite their size, make excellent watchdogs. They will bark to alert owners when someone is about. They are also great with children, provided they are early socialised. Still, it is crucial to make sure any interaction is well-supervised by an adult. Like most terriers, the Manchester Terrier will not think twice of chasing small animals, given its history of killing rats and chasing rabbits so care should be taken around small household pets.
Since the Manchester Terrier is a clever and eager-to-please dog, it is easy to train. However, it must be trained and socialised while they are young to curb its wilful trait, typical of a terrier dog. Make sure that it is introduced to many new things, situations, people, noise and other animals, so it grows up as happy and well-rounded dogs.