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 mostly keep you company around the house. The Toy variety are some of the most sensitive and gentlest dogs around. Aside from their size, these are basically just wee versions of the Standard Manchester Terrier, except that the Toys have ears that are naturally erect.
Originally from England, this small-sized and medium-energy breed stays under 12 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
AKC RANKING 107
AREA OF ORIGIN England
DATE OF ORIGIN about 1860
ORIGINAL FUNCTION hunting small rodents
TODAY'S FUNCTION companion
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10-12 Weight: <12 (6-8)
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10-12 Weight: <12 (6-8)
OTHER NAME English toy terrier, black and tan toy terrier
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Low
Playfullness Very playful
Affection level Somewhat affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Shy
Friendliness toward other pets Shy
Friendliness toward strangers Shy
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Low maintenance
Cold tolerance Low tolerance
Heat tolerance High tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A TOY 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 make calm and polite housedogs.
WHAT IS TOY MANCHESTER TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Observant and spirited, Manchester Terriers are a bit catlike, honestly. 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 back yard re-landscaped. Some can be a bit barky. Plenty of exercise and company will help discourage both the digging and the barking tendencies, though.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A TOY MANCHESTER TERRIER?
Manchester Terriers are fairly responsive — for terriers, anyway. They're smart, eager learners who take well to training. 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 TOY 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 TOY 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 TOY MANCHESTER TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Toy 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 Toy Manchester Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS A TOY 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. Start your day off right by grabbing a quick coffee and heading over to the dog park. (Your tiny friend will probably be most comfortable on the small dog side.) Let her chase some squirrels, dig some holes, and romp around before heading home for lunch. Spend the afternoon reading a good book while she snoozes on your lap. And if you're lucky, she might even leave you some room on the pillow when you both go to sleep that night.
SHOULD I ADOPT A TOY 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 would be a great match for the Toy Manchester Terrier.
Have you decided that a Toy 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.