Manchester Terriers are the Ferraris of the Terrier group: sleek, speedy, and soooo good looking. Their muscular bodies are smooth and compact — this dog definitely feels the need for speed, and boy, is she built to move. Originally bred as a ratter and rabbit hunter, today's Manchester Terriers compete in earthdog trials and keep you company around the house.
Originally from England, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 12-22 pounds and lives an average of 15-17 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 15-17 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
Energy level A marathoner
Exercise needs 30-45 minutes per day
Playfullness and Games All day, every day
Attachment to People Give me some love when you get home, maybe we'll snuggle later
Behavior with Other Dogs Ok with early socialization and consistent training.
Behavior with Other Small Pets I'll probably want to chase or will be shy
Behavior Toward Strangers I'm a single-family or person dog at heart
Trainability I love to please
Watchdog ability I know all that's going on, all the time
Protection ability I'm not very protective
Grooming needs Easy maintenance, brushes and baths
Cold tolerance Warm climates or lots of jackets, please
Heat tolerance Give me a day in the hot sun any day
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
Manchester Terriers are loyal and devoted to their chosen people, and they're not afraid to show it. They don't much see the point of strangers, though. They generally make calm and polite housedogs.
WHAT IS STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Observant and spirited, Manchester Terriers are actually a bit catlike. They keep themselves very tidy, are a bit aloof with most people, have an independent bearing, and maintain a dignified air.
When they're not snuggling their favorite folks, Manchester Terriers are dogs on the go. They're active and alert, adventurous and playful. Some are prone to digging, so keep an eye on your Manchester Terrier while she's outside unless you want your backyard re-landscaped.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIER?
Manchester Terriers are fairly responsive to training — for terriers, anyway. They're smart, eager learners who take well to working those brains. This breed excels in earthdog trials, agility, obedience — even herding! These dogs do like to test your boundaries, though, so it's important to be patient and consistent with this smarty-paws.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Manchester Terriers have short coats that require only minimal care. They don't shed much, either. Plan to brush your pup weekly and bathe her as needed.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIERS HAVE?
These are pretty healthy dogs with a fairly long lifespan. Some have issues with eye disease, a blood clotting disorder, or thyroid problems.
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ARE STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Standard Manchester Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after you've been playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, and so produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as small as a Standard Manchester Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS A STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
Manchester Terriers enjoy running, digging, and exploring — they want room to spread out and space to find their next big adventure.
SHOULD I ADOPT A STANDARD MANCHESTER TERRIER?
Their size, moderate exercise needs, light shedding, infrequent barking, and versatility make Manchester Terriers a wonderful choice for apartment living. These dogs will do well in urban or rural environments. They're great in warm weather, but don't love the cold. Folks looking for a fast-moving, sharp-looking, travel-sized dog could be a great match for the Standard Manchester Terrier.
Have you decided that a Standard Manchester Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.