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Manchester Terrier Information

Name Manchester Terrier
Other Name Rat terrier, Ratter
Origin England
Build Type Small
Life Cycle 14-16 years
Group Terrier
Character Devoted, Active, Alert, Protective, Keen, Cheerful
Height Male: 15-16 inches
Female: 13-14 inches
Weight Male: 14-22 pounds
Female: 12-20 pounds
Color Black, Tan, Blue, and combinations
Average price 600 US$


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Hypoallergenic No

Manchester Terrier


The sleekest amongst the terrier breeds, Manchester Terrier is joyous, cheerful and passionate friend. The hunter of small games and vermin, it possesses power and speed compatible with regular hunting dogs. Described as “catlike", this breed is independent, reserved but sensitive. Quick responsive, well mannered and sociable, this dog holds firm bonding with family members. It enjoys activities in the house but calls for supervision while with young kids. They are assertive and aggressive to strange dogs, curious to strangers, alert and protective. They enjoy adventures and tend to dig and chase.

The Manchester Terrier holds superb balance of strength speed and stamina among all terriers. The build is compact, well muscled and flexible with rectangular shape and arched top-line. This breed is developed in two sizes; the standard variety weighs 20 pounds whereas Toy variety weighs nearly 12 pounds. Free and effortless gait is amazing without hackney. Smooth and glistening coat is close to body, short and dense. Being clean and tidy dog, they require minimal grooming efforts. The expression is watchful, keen and alert but with elegance.

Amongst the most of the terrier breeds of early England, the Black and Tan Terrier was unique of its dispatching skills against rats and vermin. Meanwhile Whippets were proudly used for sports and dog racings. John Hulme of Manchester, an Englishman crossed these breeds to develop a single dog possessive of both domains. The resulting breed named Manchester Terrier in 1860, which initially got popularity around its origin. For some time the breed name was reversed to Black and Tan Terriers but finally reviewed in 1923 and the distinctive recognition revived. Till 1959, the dog was developed as a large-sized terrier, thereafter bred to reduce in size to get Toy Manchester Terriers. The breed was considered to be two different breed for quite short time but some reclassified as single breed with two sized varieties, the cropping was only allowed for standard breed. The breed is nicknamed of “rat terrier" due to its innate ability of catching and dispatching rats, mice and other non-canine animals. The Manchester Terriers hold share in development of Doberman Pinscher and Airedale Terriers, whereas the toy variety is more popular than standard one.


The versatile and agile ratter, the Manchester Terrier is powerful, energetic and intelligent breed. It is prized hunter of rats and shares appreciation as companion dog as well. Faithful and loyal, the dog is possessive towards family’s protection; they usually not allow any unknown to enter in territory until accepted by owner or family members. Although gentle to children, young toddlers should be governed when around Manchester Terrier. The breed demands early socialization with other pets, they would get along very well with other dogs and cats if all are grown together. Do not trust non-canine pets with them for being prey, neither leave the dog off-leash to avoid unwanted adventures. Keep them in fenced yard or on leash when not witness their activities.

The independent yet stubborn, this breed becomes demanding during housetrain. They tend to dominate and may control the house if chance is given. Owner should show true leadership to make the dog aware of the leader of the pack. Harsh methodology of training mostly build wrong behaviors in dogs, remember, the socialization training is the key point to make or mare the dog. One should be consistent, devoted and patient to have practicable dogs in house.

Hunter by instinct, this breed is active and possesses high level of energy. It is common for dogs to be satisfied for physical work so that they can stay calm; this breed requires moderate activities of running or walking for not less than 30 minutes daily for its physical and mental stimulations. Conduct exercises in fenced yard or leashed walk while holding the lead and show true leadership. Being more as companion than an outdoor dog, they love to stay inside, however it would be more healthful to manage time sharing between indoor and yard activities. They want human-like protocol for having a warm and soft bed to sleep. The dog is sleek and glossy and requires very less efforts for grooming.

Owner Should Know

  1. Manchester Terriers tend to get blubber if overfed, always monitor for their food intake to avoid overweight issues.
  2. The breed forms perfect watchdogs, they also excels in dog sports, rallies and obedience shows.
  3. Some tend to stubborn and independent neglecting owners commands, they are tough in socialization training yet responses well towards reward-based training. Crate training is also advised if the dog is not cooperating.
  4. The Manchester Terriers require physical exercises for not less than 30 minutes. Accompany the dog in walks while leading and holding the lead.
  5. The breed tends to bark a lot, dig and chase whenever chance is given.
  6. Keep leashed or in fenced yard to avoid unwanted chase and hunting when you are not governing dog’s activities.
  7. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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