Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier


Group: Terrier Group

Origin: Great Britain

Weight: 12 to 22 lbs (5.5 to 11 kg)

Manchester Terrier
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Breed Profile

The Manchester Terrier is a descendant of Britain’s Black and Tan Terrier and was bred as a “ratting machine.” His primary purpose being to keep a farm’s rat and rabbit population under control. He is neither a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher nor a Miniature Pinscher. The Manchester Terrier is a very old breed and has been used as the foundation stock for a number of other breeds.

In Canada and the United States, Manchester Terriers are either “Standard” or “Toy“. While the Standard Manchester weighs between 12 and 22 pounds (5.5 to 11 kg), the Toy version should weigh less than 12 pounds (5.5 kg).

The Manchester is a loyal, affectionate and devoted companion. Observant, alert and discerning with strangers, he is neither shy nor aggressive. Most Manchesters are as comfortable spending a day lounging around as they are in more active pursuits, making them an ideal companion dog for many types of lifestyles. Some of the activities that Manchesters are involved in include: Conformation, Obedience, Flyball, Agility as well as working as Therapy dogs.

His coat is short and glossy with the base coat a glossy black with precise tan markings over each eye, on each cheek, the lips of the upper and lower jaws extending to the throat, the inside of the ears, the forelegs to the knee, the inside of the hind legs and under the tail.


Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Manchester Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the General Information page.)

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Grooming Information

The Manchester Terrier has an “easy-care” coat that requires a minimum of grooming. However, the short, sleek coat does shed and, therefore, regular weekly brushing should be done in order to help reduce the amount of shedding as well as keep the coat glossy and shiny.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.


Additional Information

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Breed Listing

*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit:

*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.

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