Manchester terrier

Manchester terrier Breed description: Character & Co


The Manchester Terrier - A versatile friend

The Manchester Terrier is listed as FCI standard number 71 and belongs to group 3 "Terriers" and section 1 "High-legged Terriers". Thus it is a recognized dog breed. There is also the Austrian Club for Terriers (ÖKfT), which also contains information about the Manchester Terrier. Further information about the Manchester Terrier can be obtained from the following clubs:

  • American Kennel Club (AKC),
  • The Kennel Club (KC),
  • The British Manchester Terrier Club (BMTC).

What is the origin of the Manchester Terrier?

The Manchester Terrier has its origin in Great Britain, as the name already indicates, which is the English city of Manchester. Its ancestors are considered to be the so-called "Black and Tan Terriers" from the late 18th century, which were kept as hunting and farm dogs, especially to drive away rats, a function that also flourished around 1900 in industrialized northern England. For this reason, it was also dubbed a "rattler". In the past, bets were placed. According to one legend, it eliminated 100 in a matter of minutes. Its history goes back to the late Elizabethan age. Several terrier breeds emerged from it, including the Manchester Terrier. Equally involved in the creation of the Manchester Terrier as we know it today was the crossbred breed of the Old English White Terrier. As early as 1837, an attempt was made by Thomas Bell to divide it into different groups. In the late 19th century, Manchester acted as a stronghold for the breeding of the Manchester Terrier. At the same time the Terrier made it to Germany for breeding. There it was mainly kept by the rich to show luxury. After a breeding recession, specimens began to reappear in Germany in 1971.


If you get a Manchester Terrier, you get a lively piece of England at home and at the same time you enrich your life, if you pay attention to all important criteria.

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Alternate Name -
Origin UK
Life expectancy 10 - 16 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Large and medium sized Terriers
AKC group Terrier Group
KC group Terrier Group

What are the typical characteristics of the Manchester Terrier?

The Manchester Terrier can be characterized as:

  • clever,
  • good-humoured,
  • full of life,
  • alert,
  • proud,
  • sensitive.

Attentive and spunky by nature, it does not shy away from work and at the same time loves to be petted. It is loyal and fond of children and loves to play. Towards strangers it is full of suspicion and protects its pack as well as property. As a warning it yaps, in case of need it bites. It is ideal as a family and companion dog in everyday life.


If you buy a Manchester Terrier, you should have a house with a garden. They are only suitable for small flats without a garden if they get enough exercise, as they are very eager to move and need a lot of exercise. It is important that it has its reference person around it and that this offers it, also what dog rounds, a lot of variety. But be careful during the dog walk, the hunting instinct could run away with the Manchester Terrier. It likes to be around people, especially its relatives, and since the dog is playful and learns new things quickly, it is best suited for activities like dog sports, agility or dog dancing. As the terrier can be a bit stubborn at times, it is advisable to train it consistently and with lots of love at the same time.

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What are typical diseases of the Manchester Terrier?

The good thing is, it has no diseases caused by breeding. The dog is considered a healthy dog and, in fact, it is brimming with health and resilience. Nevertheless, it is recommended that it be tested for Von Willebrand disease, a blood clotting disorder. Manchester Terriers are often prone to various skin diseases.

Breeding - where, how, what?

Anyone planning to buy a Manchester Terrier puppy should look for a reputable breeder who adheres to Manchester Terrier breeding standards. It is essential to inform yourself well in advance. You can find breeders for example in the dog breeder directory or here. A reputable and experienced breeder should have good litter experience and be able to give helpful tips on raising puppies.

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From the exterior the Manchester Terrier reminds strongly of the Pinscher. Nevertheless, it is of gentler stature than the Pinscher. Its short and smooth coat is pitch black, has a certain sheen, and is close lying on the body. Since the Terrier hardly sheds, it is ideal for allergy sufferers. In addition, its coat shows the so-called mahogany-like tan color richly. It is characterized by conspicuous muscles and at the same time by elegant and graceful grace. Its muzzle is long and has the shape of a wedge. The skull is flat. The eyes are black and have the shape of almonds. The ears with a V-shape point forward and are set high. The tail becomes narrower from the beginning to the end and must not be carried over the back. There are black markings on the toes. It is recommended to comb the coat at least once a week and to remove hair from the pads of the toes from time to time.

Size, weight, age of the Manchester Terrier

It grows up to 40 cm tall, weighs about 5 to 10 kg and has a life expectancy of about 10 to 16 years. Since it is one of the small dogs, it can grow older accordingly, especially if well cared for.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Tilt-ear
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 36 - 38 cm
Weight ♀ 5 - 10 kg
Size ♂ 38 - 41 cm
Weight ♂ 5 - 10 kg
Suitable For -


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Manchester Terrier with tilt ears, small dog with tan coat
  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

Sources and relevant links

Muriel P. Lee (2012). Manchester Terrier. CompanionHouse Books.


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