Manchester Terrier

Other name: Manchester Terrier

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The Manchester Terrier is a small, compact dog of harmonious proportions and elegantly built. The paces of the Manchester Terrier are characterized by straight, clear and balanced movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 7 kg to 8 kg From 40 cm to 41 cm
Male From 7 kg to 8 kg From 40 cm to 41 cm
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History of the breed

As the name suggests, the Manchester Terrier is from the north of England and more specifically the Mancunian region in the mid-19th century, dog shows were frequently organized in pubs. The Manchester Terrier was specifically used for hunting rats and other pests , showing itself to be particularly effective in this area.

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Physical features

His hair: short, shiny, smooth and tight.
Its color: black with tan markings on the head, the muzzle, the cheeks, above each eye, the lower jaw, the throat, the limbs (from the stifle downwards and except the fingers) and the internal face of the hind limbs.
His head: long and well proportioned to the whole. The skull is elongated, narrow, flat and wedge-shaped, the nose very black, the muzzle tapering towards its extremity, the lips tight, the jaws articulated in scissors and the muscles of the cheeks not visible.
His ears: V-shaped, small in size, carried clearly above the upper line of the head and falling against it.
His eyes: dark in color, shiny, small in size and almond shaped.
His body: rather short and distinguished in its forms. The neck is long and tapering from the shoulder to the head, the kidney moderately piked, the ribs well sprung and the bottom line well pulled up.
Its tail: short, thick at its attachment and tapering towards its end to end in a point, never carried above the line of the back.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Manchester Terrier is an alert, active, lively and always happy dog . Loyal and intelligent , he is a good companion for the whole family. In addition, the Manchester Terrier has retained a good part of its ratter instincts , hence the need to be particularly vigilant if you have rodents among your pets. Overall, this dog displays a balanced temperament .

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Intelligence, the desire to learn and that to please his master considerably facilitate the education of the Manchester Terrier, which must however be raised with a certain firmness (without brutality) and acquire the notions of base, like callback . Encouragement and rewards make it possible to obtain excellent results with this dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

the   Manchester Terrier   is a dog capable of adapting to all settings and lifestyles , on condition, however, to shelter him from difficult climates and to offer him enough daily activity.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Manchester Terrier is a hardy and resilient dog . However, it cannot withstand extreme climates and must therefore be sheltered from the cold and extreme heat. The breed is predisposed to certain diseases and abnormalities, including cutaneous asthenia (hyperlaxity and fragility of the skin), epilepsy, hypertrophic pyloric gastropathy (narrowing of the pyloric duct due to overgrowth of the muscles in this region of the stomach), aseptic necrosis of the femoral head (Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease) and glaucoma.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 2 and 4 puppies

Major concerns
Minor concerns
Cutaneous asthenia
Hypertrophic pyloric gastropathy
Legg-Perthes-Calvé disease

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 13 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Manchester Terrier is, on average, between 13 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Manchester Terrier   is a dog that hardly sheds and therefore loses very little hair. As a result, and in addition to its small size, its maintenance does not present any particular constraint . It only requires basic care which should in no case be neglected.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week and to regularly pass a rubber glove over his coat to catch dead hair and debris. Regular inspection of your skin helps prevent infections and parasites. Its ears, eyes, claws and pads also need to be examined and maintained regularly.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1300 €

The purchase price of a Manchester Terrier is between € 1,000 and € 1,300.

Annual maintenance cost

250 €
€ 450

The annual maintenance cost of a Manchester Terrier is between € 250 and € 450.

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The Manchester Terrier needs a balanced and quality diet , adapted to his level of physical activity, his age and his size. As he may be prone to obesity, watch his daily rations. Its food is to be divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

the   Manchester Terrier   being a very active dog , he cannot be satisfied with short outings allowing him only to stretch his legs and do his business. He must be able to benefit from long and frequent walks punctuated by exercise calling upon his senses and his aptitudes (coordination, intelligence …). He enjoys games in the company of his master.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(KC) The Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 3: Terriers

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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