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Manchester Terrier

Height: 15–16 inches (standard), 10–12 inches (toy)
Weight: 12–22 pounds (standard), under 12 pounds (toy)
Lifespan: 15–17 years (standard & toy)
Colors: Black and tan
Suitable for: Active families or single people, apartments, or house with a yard
Temperament: Energetic, intelligent, devoted, sensitive, spirited, alert

The Manchester Terrier comes in two sizes: standard and toy. However, this only applies to North America because in England, which is where this dog originated, the toy version is a separate breed from the standard and is called the English Toy Terrier. In this article, we discuss the toy and standard Manchester Terrier.

Manchester Terriers are from Manchester, England from the mid-19th century. Mill workers, specifically John Hulme, developed the breed from crossing Whippets with Black and Tan Terriers for the perfect dog that would excel at rat killing and rabbit hunting.

Their ears can be floppy or held erect, and they have a whiplike tail. Manchester Terriers have smooth and shiny coats that are technically black and tan but look more like a rich mahogany in color.

divider-dog pawManchester Terrier Puppies — Before You Buy


Manchester Terriers are healthy, high-energy dogs that have a long lifespan. Training can be a challenge because they can be stubborn, and they are also standoffish with strangers until they get to know them.

What’s the Price of Manchester Terrier Puppies?

Manchester Terrier puppies are purebred dogs, so you can expect to pay anywhere from $1,000 to about $2,500, depending on the breeder.

Do your research to find a good breeder. It’s better to pay top dollar for a dog that has been well-taken care of, both physically and mentally, than paying less for a puppy from a backyard breeder or puppy mill.

When you have found a breeder, you should:
  • Visit the breeder: You should go to the breeder’s location (upon request, of course) so you can look at their dogs and kennels. Where the dogs typically sleep should be clean, and the dogs should be healthy and have excellent temperaments. Does the breeder have a strong bond with their dogs? Ask for a virtual tour through video if you can’t visit the breeder in person.
  • Check their medical background: An excellent breeder will provide you with their dog’s medical history. They will also be up front about all necessary health testing and any known medical issues that their dogs might have.
  • Ask to meet the parents: You should ask to meet your puppy’s parents to give you an idea of how your puppy might develop as they mature. Both the appearance and the temperament of the parents will have an impact on your own puppy.
  • Ask questions: Always ask questions! This will enable you to learn more about your puppy and showcase how good the breeder is. Any breeder unwilling or unable to answer your questions should be avoided. They should ask you questions too.

You should expect extra costs for a new puppy.

This list includes a few of the items that you might need:
  • Crate and bedding
  • Toys for playing, cuddling, and chewing
  • Puppy food
  • Treats for training
  • Food and water dishes
  • Leash, harness, and collar
  • Puppy training pads
Other ongoing expenses that you might expect throughout your dog’s life include:
  • Vaccinations
  • Microchipping
  • Spaying or neutering surgery
  • Obedience classes
  • Annual veterinarian appointments
  • Grooming (or do it yourself)

There’s also adoption as an option. Adopting a rescue dog can mean bringing home an adult instead of a puppy, but most rescue dog owners will say that they got the best dog and experience that they ever had! Adoption fees tend to range from $150 to about $600, but if you bring a dog with special needs or an older senior dog home, many rescue groups will reduce or waive the fee.

divider-paw3 Little-Known Facts About Manchester Terriers

1. They are rather barky.

Manchester Terriers are known to be barkers, so while they’re a good size for apartments, their watchdog natures might not make this a good fit.

2. The Manchester Terrier has a strong prey drive.

They were bred to chase rats and rabbits, so they need to be safely contained in a high fence or on a leash when they are outside. They can be quite determined if something small crosses their path.

3. The toy and the standard versions are practically the same.

The main difference between the standard and toy Manchester Terrier is their size and the shape of their ears. The toy’s ears are always kept natural and are held erect and pointed. The standard’s ears can be cropped, button, or natural, which tends to be floppy.

two Manchester Terriers
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divider-dogTemperament & Intelligence of the Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terriers are spunky and feisty dogs with a ton of energy. They can be rather bossy and won’t be a good fit for a beginner dog owner or anyone who is away frequently, as they don’t do well when left alone for long periods.

Manchester Terriers are quite intelligent and perceptive. This breed is devoted and affectionate and does enjoy spending time with their families. They can be rather wary and aloof with people they don’t know, and they make decent watchdogs.

Are These Dogs Good for Families? 👪

Yes, they make wonderful family dogs but older children would be best. The toy Manchester is too small for younger children because they are quite fragile, and the standard doesn’t have patience for roughhousing. Be sure to teach your children to play gently with dogs and to treat them with respect.

Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?

Yes, but with a few exceptions. Manchesters do get along well with other dogs and sometimes cats, but they can’t be trusted around small pets because of their instincts and high prey drive. Early socialization is essential, particularly if you do have smaller pets.

Manchester Terriers
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divider-dogThings to Know When Owning a Manchester Terrier

Food & Diet Requirements 🦴

When choosing food for your dog, be sure to buy high-quality dog food that is meant for your dog’s current age, activity level, and size, whether you have the smaller toy or the larger standard. Follow the instructions provided on the back of the dog food bag in order to figure out how much to feed your Manchester daily. Speak to your vet if your dog is struggling with any weight or health issues.

Exercise 🐕

Manchesters are quite high-energy dogs and will need at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. These dogs don’t necessarily want to lie around the house. They enjoy being active, so be sure to take them out for plenty of playtime and activity.

Training 🎾

Training Manchesters can be a challenge. They are feisty and stubborn dogs (due to the terrier in them) that need someone with patience to guide them. That said, Manchesters are highly intelligent and eager to please, so you will be able to train them at some point. Just remember to use positive reinforcement to be truly effective.

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Grooming ✂️

Grooming is easy with the occasional brushing of their short coats, but you’ll need to up the brushing during shedding season. Manchesters only require a bath when absolutely necessary and with a good dog shampoo.

The Manchester’s nails need trimming about every 3–4 weeks, their teeth brushed two to three times a week, and their ears cleaned at least once a week.

Health and Conditions 🏥

Manchester Terriers are quite healthy dogs with a surprisingly long lifespan, typically living until 15 or even 17 years of age. However, like all purebred dogs, they can inherit certain health conditions.

Minor Conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Skin problems
Serious Conditions
  • Heart disease
  • Von Willebrand’s disease
  • Kneecap dislocation

The vet will look at the Manchester’s skin, eyes and knees and perform tests on the heart as well as run a blood test to check for any issues with the thyroid.

divider-dog pawMale vs. Female

Like with most dogs, male Manchesters are a little bigger and heavier than females. Toy Manchesters are 10–12 inches and weigh about 6–8 pounds, and the standard is 15–16 inches and weighs 12–22 pounds. You can expect the male to be on the heavier and larger side of the range and the female closer to the smaller and lighter end.

You’ll also need to invest in surgery for the Manchester. Spaying is a more expensive procedure and has a longer recovery time than neutering. Beyond sterilizing the dog, these operations can help with curbing difficult behaviors and preventing certain health conditions in the future.

There can be differences in behavior and temperament, but how the puppy is socialized and trained has a much larger impact on a dog’s personality than their sex.

divider-pawFinal Thoughts

If you’re on the lookout for one of these dogs, you should quite easily find a breeder not too far from your location. While this breed isn’t as popular as some others, they are members of the AKC and shouldn’t be difficult to find. However, if you do encounter any problems locating one, speak to other breeders of the Manchester and post your interest on social media.

If you’re interested in adopting this dog, you can always check your local shelter or locate a breed-specific rescue, such as the Maximal Manchester Terriers.

You should do more research on the Manchester before you decide to bring one home. Their high energy, feistiness, and stubbornness won’t work for everyone, but if this sounds appealing to you, then the Manchester Terrier will bring a great deal of joy to you and your household.

Featured Image Credit: Ricantimages, Shutterstock

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