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Manchester Terrier

manchester terrier

A small/medium-sized dog, the Manchester Terrier is an elegant-looking dog with a short, smooth glossy coat that is black with specific tan markings (see the breed standard for full details). Compact, elegant and sound with substance. Adult male dogs are about 41cm in height and females 38cm, and the weight range for the breed is approximately 7-9kg.

manchester terrier
  • Category size: Small
  • Grooming requirements: Once a week
manchester terrier
  • Shedding: Little
  • Allergies: No
  • Noise: Vocal
  • Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier
manchester terrier
  • Alone: 1 to 3 hours
  • Other pets: Low
  • Stability as a guard: High


Black and tan Terriers were used for ratting and other pest control in Elizabethan times and this continued for centuries. In the 19th century, they were also used for rabbiting and in the middle of that century, long-legged dogs (similar to the Whippet) were introduced, to produce the more elegant, refined terrier that we have today. The Manchester Terrier dog breed became known by his current name at the end of the 19th century, as he was so prevalent in the city, working in factories of the cotton industry.


The Manchester Terrier is a typical terrier in many respects – he is a larger than life character that can be stubborn, vocal and tenacious. He also has all the terrier plus-points – he is intensely loyal to his family ones and is a fun, loving companion.


The Manchester Terrier is generally a healthy breed. In common with many small breeds they can develop patella luxation (slipping kneecaps). An inherited bleeding disorder (von Willebrand's disease) is also recognised in this breed.


An hour's daily exercise is needed, though he is capable of walking much longer. Do ensure he has a good recall before he's let off the lead, as his hunting tendencies may lead him astray or into danger.


Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.


A low-maintenance breed, the Manchester Terrier's short, smooth coat needs little more than a once-a-week brush to remove dead hair.