Manchester Terrier

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Height: 39 - 40cm M | 39 - 40cm F
Weight: 8 - 8kg M | 8 - 8kg F
Life Expectancy: 15 - 16 Years

Considering getting a Manchester Terrier?

The Manchester Terrier is a small terrier dog sporting a sleek, short, black and mahogany colour coat. It was bred in Manchester England to kill rats and rabbits. Its compact form makes for excellent flyball and agility training. Its appearance resembles a miniature Doberman Pinscher, weighing 12 to 22 pounds and standing 38 to 41 centimetres. The Manchester Terrier is a well-mannered and responsive dog breed, which make it a fantastic companion.

Are you looking for a spirited and dead loyal dog breed? Read more about the Manchester Terrier, and you may find a suitable dog for your family.

book icon History

Originating in Manchester, England, experts believe that the Manchester Terrier is among the oldest terrier breeds dating as far back as the 16th century. It was bred to chase and kill rats, rabbits and other vermin. The Manchester Terrier was originally a cross from both the Whippet and the Black and Tan Terrier famous for their rat-killing skills. It was John Hulme, a breed enthusiast, who developed the breed in the 1800s.

When the sport of rat killing was banned, the Manchester Terrier still proved to be useful in rat-infested inns. They would be set loose in dining halls to catch rats when the inn closes. They helped to preserve a bit of sanitation by getting rid of the health menace during that period.

In the mid-800s, more of the Manchester Terriers were bred in the Manchester District of England, hence the name was bestowed upon the breed. However, people began to want a smaller version of the terrier dogs, so they started crossing them with Chihuahuas to reduce their size. Today, Manchester Terriers come in two sizes: Toy and Standard.

In 1937, the British Manchester Terrier Club was established for which the members are made up of people who saved the breed from extinction from the World War II.

comb icon Appearance and Grooming

The Manchester Terrier comes in two sizes: the Toy Manchester Terrier weighs less than 12 pounds, while the Standard Manchester Terrier weighs 12 to 22 pounds. The breed is slightly longer than it is tall, standing 38 to 41 centimetres at the withers. This dog breed has compact and muscular forms covered in sleek, smooth, black and tan (or mahogany) short-coat.

The Manchester Terriers resembles a miniature Doberman Pinscher with the muzzle tapering to the nose, and small, almond-shaped eyes that are dark in colour. It also has small V-shaped ears that hang close to its heads, slightly long neck and arched back, completing its noble look.

Grooming-wise, the Manchester Terrier is low maintenance. Thanks to its smooth, short and glossy coat that is naturally clean. Although its coat has a doggie odour, it’s easily remedied by a simple bath every three months with a mild shampoo. Make sure to regularly brush its sleek coat and use coat conditioner to maintain its sheen.

The rest is basic grooming. Avoid gum diseases and bad odour by brushing the Manchester Terrier's teeth twice or thrice a week. Clean its ears with a soft cotton moist with a vet-approved solution to keep ear infections at bay. Trim its nails when they become long to prevent painful or uncomfortable overgrowth and cracking.

bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

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.

food icon Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Manchester Terrier is 1/4 to 1 cup of high-quality dog food daily, equally split into two meals. When you are not entirely sure what and how much to feed your dog, do not hesitate to consult a veterinarian.

Typical daily calorie needs of an adult Manchester Terrier that weighs 12 pounds:

  • Senior and less active: up to 400 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 450 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 500 calories daily

The Manchester Terrier should be provided with high-quality food formulated for small to medium-sized dogs since it comes in Toy and Standard sizes. Make sure when you buy commercial dog food to check if animal protein is on top of its list of ingredients. Protein helps support muscle and bone growth for dogs.

stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

Manchester Terriers are generally healthy with a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years. However, like all dogs, this breed has the potential to develop genetic health issues. Manchester Terriers are predisposed conditions that can be a concern such eye problems such as Cataracts and Glaucoma, inherited bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's Disease, Patellar Luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease, and some heat bumps.

The Manchester Terrier is an intelligent and energetic dog and as such needs the right amount of mental and physical stimulation. Provide the Manchester at least 1 hour of daily exercise including plenty of interactive games. Allow it to let off steam in the back garden while making sure it is within secure fences.

pound icon Cost of Ownership

Thrilled to have a dog? Dogs are such a joy to have, like bringing home a new family member you can shower love and affection and vice versa. However, do you think you have the finances to buy a Manchester Terrier puppy, much less raise it for at least 14 years? If you're not too sure about how much it'll cost to buy and raise, here is a summary of pet-related expenses:

  • A Manchester puppy will cost around £800 or more for a well-bred puppy.
  • Next, find an affordable pet insurance, which will likely set you back £20 to £40 a month.
  • Dog food, especially high-quality commercial food, costs about £20 to £30 a month.
  • Veterinary care, which includes check-ups and basic procedures such as neutering, vaccinations and boosters will cost up to £800 per year.
  • Let's not forget the dog supplies, which cost around £200, albeit a one-off expense.

Overall, you will be spending an average of £50 to £80 per month to raise a healthy Manchester Terrier properly.

Is a Manchester Terrier Right for You?

  • The Manchester Terrier comes in two sizes: Toy and Standard.
  • It looks like a miniature Dobermann, with its sleek, black and tan short coat.
  • It is energetic, spirited and independent by nature.
  • Manchester Terriers tend to have separation issues.
  • When it comes to grooming, the Manchester Terrier is low maintenance.
  • Despite its size, make excellent watchdogs.

Are you sure the Manchester Terrier is the best breed for you? Take the Pet Breed Selector Quiz to find your perfect breed match.

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The information, including measurements, prices and other estimates, on this page is provided for general reference purposes only.
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