Manchester Terrier (Toy)

Dog Breed Profile
Manchester Terrier (Toy)

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• High energy level
• Low exercise needs
• Very playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy 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


The Manchester Toy Terrier will enjoy testing your limits as young children do, so it’s important to be consistent with his training. Their size makes them ideal for living in the city but they will be perfectly happy in a rural home as well. He’s a smart dog breed, and his eagerness to learn helps with the ease of training.

He tends to form his bonds early, and he has a great loyalty to his family. He still retains some of his hunting nature, so it’s not uncommon for him to be seen chasing other small pets. Even though the Toy Manchester Terrier is a playful breed, he is also known to be one of the most sensitive and gentle toy dogs.

  • Cannot be expected to live outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his eyes and vWD
  • Grooming needs include occasional brushing
  • The Manchester Toy Terrier is a very 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 6 to 8lbs and 10 to 12 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 6 to 8lbs and 10 to 12 inches tall

Care & Health:

Give your Manchester Toy Terrier a warm bed indoors where he can enjoy being close to his family and he will be a very happy pet indeed. Even though he despises cold temperatures, he’s all up for a romp in the great outdoors in temperate weather.

His coat only requires occasional brushing to remove dead hair.

Major Health Concerns:

– none

Minor Health Concerns:

– lens luxation, Legg - Perthes, vWD and occasionally epilepsy

Test for:

– eye, DNA for vWD

Life Span:

– 14 to 16 years

Breed History:

The Manchester Toy Terrier’s lineage dates back to England around 1860, when he was first bred down from the black and tan terrier and the whippet racer. His wide range of size is thought to be a result of further breeding with Italian greyhounds, but in 1881 there was already a standard established.

Efforts were made to breed smaller versions but they were not successful, and when breeders finally decided to settle on a smaller, but not miniature size, the Manchester Toy Terrier was official. It wasn’t until 1959 that the AKC recognized them as a separate but interbreeding dog.

  • Family history is terrier
  • Originally from England
  • First bred in the about 1860
  • Original purpose was hunting small rodents
  • Today they are used for companions
  • Also known as English toy terrier, black and tan toy terrier