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Manchester Terriers come in two varieties
- Standard and Toy and the only differences
are their ears and sizes. The Standard calls
for folded, erect or cropped ears, yet the
Toy variety has only naturally erect ears.
As for size, the Standard should be between
12 and 22 pounds, while the Toy must not
exceed 12 pounds. Manchester Terriers are
muscular, sturdy, sleek, smooth-coated and
John Hulme of Manchester, England is credited
for developing the breed by crossing a Whippet
with a cross bred terrier. The breed was
primarily used for ratting - for both health
and sanitation purposes as well as in competition
and sport. Manchester Terriers proved to
be experts in their field.
The first Manchester Terrier was recognized
by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1887.
Both varieties were originally classified
as two separate breeds with the AKC, however,
in 1959 they were grouped together as one
breed - two varieties - Toy and Standard.
According to AKC Standard, the height of
a Manchester Terrier when measured from
the ground to the highest point of the withers,
should be slightly less than the length.
Weight: According to the AKC standard,
weight for a Manchester Terrier must be
over 12 pounds (5.4kg), but not more than
22 pounds (9.97kg). As for the Toy variety,
weight must not exceed 12 pounds (5.4kg)
The Manchester Terrier's coat is short,
dense, glossy and firm in texture. The coat
is easy to maintain - very little grooming
is required - just a periodic brushing.
Standard Manchester Terrier is an average
shedder while the Toy variety barely sheds
The Manchester Terrier's coat is jet black
and a rich mahogany tan. These two colors
should have definitive lines of separation
and not blend.
Manchester Terriers are devoted, high spirited
and willing to please its owner. They are
intelligent and learn quickly. It is very
important this breed is thoroughly and properly
trained / socialized as a puppy otherwise
they may show aggression. Manchester Terriers
must always view their owner as its leader
and children need to be capable of leadership
skills. This breed does not like to left
alone for long periods - they will become
bored and might show disruptive behaviors
such as excessive barking. Manchester Terriers
thrive on attention and affection and want
to be with their owner or family. They can
be independent and headstrong. The Manchester
Terrier needs daily exercise such as long
walks or jogging in addition to play time
which are all recommended.
Manchester Terriers are generally
a healthy breed. Some health issues seen
with Manchester Terriers include PRA (progressive
retinal atrophy), von Willebrand’s
disease (blood disorder), patellar luxation
and hypothyroidism. Average life span of
a Manchester Terrier is between 14 - 16
• The Manchester Terrier was once
known as Black & Tan Terrier and as
• The Manchester Terrier was used
to develop Doberman Pinscher and the Airedale
• When developing the Toy variety,
it has been claimed some weighed as little
as 2½ pounds!
• The Manchester Terrier
one of the oldest terrier breeds.
AKC: Terrier Group & Toy Group
ANKC: Group 2 - Terriers
FCI: Group 3 - Terriers Section 1
UKC: Terrier Group