Manchester Terrier (Standard)

Dog Breed Profile
Manchester Terrier (Standard)

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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Not very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• High tolerance to heat
• Low tolerance to cold


Similar to a cat’s personality, the Manchester Terrier is an independent, sharp and responsive dog breed. He’s very devoted to his family, forming bonds quickly and behaves well in the home. Training early on is important as he will see how much he can get away with, but he is eager to learn and will respond to consistent training.

He’s an adventurous dog, happy to nose around outdoors keeping in tune with his small game hunting heritage. The Manchester Terrier has a muscular but compact build, with a sleek appearance and alert expression. He’s not a barking breed, and will do well in the city or country.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his eyes
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing
  • The Standard Manchester Terrier is an affectionate and friendly, playful animal that is easy to train
  • Has a great relationship with family members, young and old, not very protective but do make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 12 to 22lbs and 15 to 16 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 10 to 22lbs and 15 to 16 inches tall

Care & Health:

Take your Manchester Terrier for a daily walk or let him play in a fenced-in area to meet his exercise needs. He should not be required to live in the great outdoors but likes to spend time outside every day.

He only requires occasionally brushing to keep his coat clean of dead hair.

Major Health Concerns:

– lens luxation

Minor Health Concerns:

– occasionally epilepsy, skin fragility

Test for:

– eyes

Life Span:

– 15 to 16 years

Breed History:

The Standard Manchester Terrier’s lineage dates back to England around the 1500s, being ancestors of the black and tan terrier, the oldest of the terrier breeds. Through the efforts of John Hulme in the 1800s, who crossed black and terriers with whippets, the Manchester breed emerged.

Although he did not become popular at the time, the breed was revived in 1923, and it wasn’t until 1959 that the AKC recognized the Standard Manchester Terrier and Miniature Manchester Terrier as a separate but interbreeding dog. This allowed for the wide variation in sizes, and also helped to make it acceptable for interbreeding. Cropping acceptability is also another distinction between the two types.

  • Family history is terrier
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the 1500’s
  • Original purpose was ratting, rabbit hunting
  • Today they are used for earth dog trials
  • Also known as black and tan terrier