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Manchester Terrier

Size: Toy and Standard

Weight: Toy: Under 12 lbs. and Standard: 12 - 22 lbs.

Height: Toy: 10" - 12" and Standard: 15" - 16"

Life Span: Toy: 15 - 17 years and Standard: 13 - 14 years

Health Problems: Heat rash; glaucoma (group of eye diseases causing blindness); Von Willebrand's Disease (bleeding disorder that prevents proper blood clotting); patellar luxation

Origin: Great Britain (1500s)

Also Known As: English Toy Terrier (England), English Gentleman's Terrier

Group: Toy (Toy) and Terrier (Standard)

Category: Companion Dog

Exercise Needs

The Manchester Terrier is active indoors and does not require much exercise. They love to go on walks, but do have a hunting instinct which can become an issue in off-leash or in an open area. They do well at agility, obedience and rally.

Grooming Needs

While this breed doesn't require much brushing, an occasional bath will keep them clean. The Manchester Terrier should be kept out of the sun due to risk of sunburn and heat rash.


This breed is lively, intelligent and easy to train. The Manchester Terrier loves to please and will do well with positive reinforcement training. Harsh reprimands will not be helpful in teaching situations. They love being around people and may not do well if left along for long periods of time.

Compatibility with Kids

This breed is energetic and loyal, but can be impatient and may snap when pressed. They are less suited for families unless they are regularly trained and socialized.


While the Black and Tan Terrier had been around since the 1500s, a breeder named John Hulme crossed the Black and Tan Terrier with the Whippet in the 1800s to develop the current physical standard for this dog. Sleek and agile, this dog was originally used for hunting rabbits and vermin. Today, it is a rare breed that is kept as a companion.

Pet Facts

This breed will be quick to outwit and entertain you. They may even bring you some "gifts" that they found in the backyard.

Dog Food for Your Manchester Terrier

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Formulated for dogs of all ages, an excellent choice for multi-dog families.

Senior Select 6 lb. Front Counter

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

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