Standard Poodle

Toy Manchester Terrier

Group: Toys

Origin: Great Britain

Weight: Should not exceed 12 lbs (5.5 kg)

 Toy Manchester Terrier

Am/Can/Int’l CH Saint Lazar’s Southern Belle (Bella)
Photo Courtesy of: Ebet Manchesters

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Breed Profile

The Toy Manchester Terrier was developed from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, as was the Manchester Terrier. Like the Manchester Terrier, the Toy was a successful ratter despite his small size.

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) and, in the Toy variety only the naturally erect ear type is acceptable while the Standard’s ear type may be either cropped, button or naturally erect.

The Toy Manchester is neither agressive nor shy. He is devoted, discerning and observant to everything around him. Packed into his sleek muscular body is a great deal of power and agility.

His coat is short, smooth, thick, dense, close and glossy and he is jet black in colour with markings in rich mahogany tan.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Toy 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 main General Information page.)

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Grooming Information

Both varieties of Manchester Terriers are fairly low maintenance. Their short, sleek coat does shed, however, and regular weekly brushing will 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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