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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.
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.
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.