Manchester Terrier

Manchester-TerrierManchester Terrier History:

The name Manchester terrier became established when Manchester became the breed center for rat terriers. There was a poor sanitation in most places in England in the early 19th century and rats soon became health danger. Rat-killing became a popular sport. An enthusiast of rat-baiting and coursing, John Hulme, crossed a whippet to a cross-bred terrier to produce a tenacious animal better suited to the sport. This cross proved successful resulting in the establishment of a definite type.

When rat-killing became prohibited in England, rat infestation became rampant everywhere. To combat the rodent problem, each establishment kept kennels. With their smaller stature, terrier could not keep up with the hounds, but when the hounds ran the fox into the dense bushes they were not able to penetrate, the little Manchester terrier was released. The breed was nicknamed the “gentleman’s terrier”.


J.A. Walsh described this breed as smooth haired, long tapering nose, narrow flat skull, eyes small and bright, its body is smooth, compact and muscular, only true color black and tan. When the ears are kept natural, they are V-shaped, semi-erect and have a front flap that folds over. This breed has maintained consistency in type and appearance for nearly two centuries. They look similar to Dobermans and German Pinschers, although they are closer in size to Miniatures.


The Manchester terrier is independent and faithful. Extremely lively, sporty, alert, keen and vigilant. It is a high-spirited, powerful, agile, very intelligent, cunning dog which is eager to learn. It is a loyal and good friend to its master. The Manchester terrier likes to please its handler and learns quite quickly. They thrive on attention from their owners and need leadership from their humans. Without enough exercise, mental stimulation or if the dog is allowed to be pack leader to the humans, they can get upset when left alone, becoming bored, hyper, destructive, and barking excessively. If given what they need as a canine animal, they are wonderful family companions.


Some lines are prone to bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand’s disease, but this is rare and wounds heal quickly. Some are prone to a blood problem called glaucoma. If left out in the sun for long periods, heat bumps may appear on its back. The Manchester terrier has a median lifespan of around 12.8 years and the toy variety 12.0 years.