At A Glance

Size: Small

Weight: 12 - 22 lbs.

Height: 15" - 16"

Life Span: 13 - 14 years

Manchester Terrier

Also know as: Black and Tan Terrier, English Gentleman's Terrier

Group: Terrier

Origin: Great Britain (1500s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog

History and Facts: While the Manchester Terrier has 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.

Temperament / Behavior
This breed is lively, intelligent and easy to train. Eager to please its owner, the Manchester Terrier does well in obedience and agility trials. This breed can be headstrong and snappish, and is not ideal for homes with children and other pets. Early socialization to people is important to curb some of the breed's innate aggression.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Heat rash; glaucoma (group of eye diseases causing blindness); Von Willebrand's Disease (bleeding disorder that prevents proper blood clotting)

Special Needs
Exercise: The Manchester Terrier is mostly active indoors and does not require much exercise.

Grooming: While it doesn't require much brushing, the Manchester Terrier should be kept out of the sun due to risk of sunburn and heat rash.


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