Manchester Terrier Dog Breed Information

  • AKA:Black and Tan Terrier
  • Size:Small
  • Ease of Training:Medium
  • Grooming:Low
  • Shedding:Medium/Low (seasonal)
  • Exercise Needed:Daily walks
  • Energy Level:High
  • Protection:Medium/High
  • Good with Children:Yes, with gentle children and children he has been brought up with
  • Health Clearances:OFA, CERF, vWD
  • Weight:12-22 lbs
  • Height:15-16 inches
  • Coat Colour:black and tan, with a black

Manchester Terrier Coat

The Manchester Terrier has a short, dense, glossy, smooth, and tight fitting coat. The colour of the coat is jet black with mahogany tan markings. This breed, depending on variety, is either an average shedder or sheds little to no hair.

Manchester Terrier Character

Compact, agile, and small, the Manchester Terrier is alert and athletic. They are quite lively, vigilant, and very intelligent. This breed is elegant, graceful, and has a keen expression. They are well-mannered and more responsive than some of the other Terrier breeds.

Manchester Terrier Temperament

The Manchester Terrier is exceedingly loyal and a devoted friend to master and family. They display the true Terrier nature, are independent, and faithful. They do best in a home with older considerate children, and are not recommended in homes with other household pets. This breed has a tendency to be combative, headstrong, protective, and snappish. Manchester Terriers thrive on human companionship and are very demanding of attention from their family. They do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time or they will become bored, hyper, destructive, and bark excessively.

Manchester Terrier Care

This breed requires minimal grooming. Occasional brushing will minimize loose hair. It is important to check and clean the ears and teeth on a consistent basis. The Manchester Terrier is prone to cataracts, epilepsy, glaucoma, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, patella luxation, and Von Willebrands disease. This breed prefers warm climates but should not be left in the sun for any length of time.

Manchester Terrier Activity

This highly energetic breed needs an inordinate amount of vigorous exercise. They enjoy frequent securely leashed walks as well as safely fenced off lead play sessions where they are able to romp and run freely. It is imperative that this breed be supervised at all times as they are expert escape artists. The Manchester Terrier will do okay in an apartment dwelling provided that their excessive barking is controlled and they are given sufficient exercise, stimulation, and attention.

Manchester Terrier Health and Life Expectancy

The life expectancy of the Manchester Terrier is around 15-18 years, and there are a number of health problems relating to the breed, although by and large this is a fairly healthy and hardy breed. Some of the problems to look out for include thyroid problems, seizures, vWD, Legg Perthes, and PRA. Also, take into consideration his tendency to gain weight easily, and also his sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Parents of the Manchester Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.