Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier dog breed
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Last Updated on February 12, 2020 by Bridget Shirvell

Quick Facts

  • Weight: 17 – 18 pounds
  • Height: 15 – 16 inches

The Look of a Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terriers have small, athletic frames covered in smooth, black and tan coats. Their narrow, wedge-shaped heads have erect ears, dark eyes and strong jaws. They have lean necks, narrow chests and tapered tails that either hang low or curl into a hook shape. Overall, Manchester Terriers have a nimble and sleek look.


  • Watchful
  • Loyal
  • Easygoing
  • Clever
  • Independent

Ideal Human Companion

  • Retirees
  • Families
  • City-dwellers

What They Are Like to Live With

Manchester Terriers bring a good, upbeat energy to any household. Whether playing outdoor games or jogging around the neighborhood, Manchester Terriers give it their all. They are faithful, loyal friends-for-life.

Independent without being reserved and protective without being aggressive, Manchester Terriers have a steady temperament. They get along with other dogs, and they are patient with children. All they ask for in return is positive training, affection and attention.

Things You Should Know

Manchester Terriers can live more than 14 years. Common health issues include hip dysplasia and a blood disorder called von Willebrand’s Disease. The Manchester Terrier’s glossy coat needs little grooming. It sheds very little and requires only the occasional brushing. Be sure to check its ears regularly for infection.


The Manchester Terrier originated in 19th century Manchester, England. Bred from a Whippet and a dark, rat-catching terrier, the Manchester Terrier was used to keep rats away from stables, barns and warehouses.

Thumbnail: Photography by Kayla Bertagnolli, as captured at the 2018 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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