Manchester Terrier

Group 2: Terriers
Height: 39 – 40 cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 12 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families.


Manchester Terrier

About This Breed

The Manchester Terrier’s nickname is the “rat terrier”.  It was bred as a rat hunter in nineteenth century Manchester, England by a man named John Hulme. They were considered to be the best vermin-hunting breed of their day. They are a result of crosses between the Black & Tan Terrier and the Whippet.

The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog which is eager to learn. Extremely lively, sporty, alert, and vigilant, the Manchester Terrier is a loyal and good friend to its master. The Manchester Terrier likes to please its handler and learns quite quickly.

These dogs can be outstanding in activities like agility skills and do well in obedience trials. The Manchester Terrier should be thoroughly socialised when it is young to prevent potential aggression. He can be headstrong, protective and snappish. This breed needs thorough, firm training.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Medium sized body. Wedge shaped head with small dark almond shaped eyes. Ears are V- shaped with the tips folding forward. Short whip tail tapers to a point. Compact, elegant and sound with substance.

Temperament: Discerning and devoted.

Characteristics: Keen, alert and sporting.

Colour: Black & rich mahogany tan.

Coat: Smooth, short, dense, tight & glossy.

Grooming: A wipe over the coat with a damp cloth will have it looking good. Bath them when needed.

Exercise: They like to keep active, enjoy daily walks and play sessions off lead and in the backyard.