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Standard Manchester Terrier

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A Well-Mannered & Spirited Friend

Loyal, clean, affectionate

Standard Manchester Terriers are friendly, devoted, and sensitive, small dogs. Manchesters are often reserved with strangers, but they behave well, and enjoy being close to their families. These terriers enjoy spending time outdoors, but they are definitely indoor dogs because they’re happiest when they’re around people staying warm, which makes city dwellers, families, and seniors their ideal owners. Manchesters enjoy napping with family close by while inside, but are quite active while outside. They enjoy playing, hunting, and digging, and require regular exercise with either a moderate walk or a good run in the yard every day. 

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs. 


Breed Details

Height:15-16 in Weight:17-18 lbs Lifespan:up to 15 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
1

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
1

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Manchester Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like flyball and agility.

Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

Dental: Manchester Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Manchester Terriers enjoy human contact and demand to be included in all family activities. A constant human companion that rewards their family with affection, loyalty, and protection.

Positive Traits:

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Alert, curious, and busy

  • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

  • Energetic and playful

  • Excellent watchdog

  • People-oriented and eager to please

Negative Traits:

  • May have a tendency to bark excessively

  • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

  • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

  • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

  • Can be snappy when nervous

  • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

Whether you are considering adding a new Manchester Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Manchester Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Manchester Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Manchester Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Displaced Lens

Blindness

Bleeding Disorders

Hip Necrosis

The Manchester Terrier originated in England and was bred to control rat populations. Manchesters come in two varieties: the standard and the toy. This is a high-spirited little dog that is intelligent and entertaining. The Manchester Terrier is described as a tidy dog that takes care of its own grooming and has little odor. Manchester Terriers form strong bonds with their family and make excellent watchdogs, which means you’ll have to socialize them for strange people and dogs to prevent aggression. 

Consult with a veterinarian if your Manchester Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

  • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

  • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Seizures, dull demeanor, spastic gait

  • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

  • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Manchester Terriers are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and short play sessions. They have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must. They are an athletic dog that excel at dog sports like flyball and agility.

    Grooming: Brush their coat at least weekly.

    Dental: Manchester Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week.

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Manchester Terriers enjoy human contact and demand to be included in all family activities. A constant human companion that rewards their family with affection, loyalty, and protection.

    Positive Traits:

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Alert, curious, and busy

    • Adaptable to a wide variety of living conditions

    • Energetic and playful

    • Excellent watchdog

    • People-oriented and eager to please

    Negative Traits:

    • May have a tendency to bark excessively

    • Needs regular exercise and diet regulation to avoid weight gain

    • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

    • Prone to boredom and separation anxiety when left alone and will find trouble

    • Can be snappy when nervous

    • Can be possessive of toys and food, tending to show dominance

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Manchester Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Manchester Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Manchester Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Manchester Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Displaced Lens

    Blindness

    Bleeding Disorders

    Hip Necrosis

  • History

    The Manchester Terrier originated in England and was bred to control rat populations. Manchesters come in two varieties: the standard and the toy. This is a high-spirited little dog that is intelligent and entertaining. The Manchester Terrier is described as a tidy dog that takes care of its own grooming and has little odor. Manchester Terriers form strong bonds with their family and make excellent watchdogs, which means you’ll have to socialize them for strange people and dogs to prevent aggression. 

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Manchester Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Painful eye, excessive tearing, eyes may appear asymmetric or cloudy

    • Dilated pupils in daylight, or increased "eye shine" at night

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

    • Chronic vomiting or diarrhea

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Seizures, dull demeanor, spastic gait

    • Dry, scaly, sometimes itchy hairless patches on face or paws

    • Symmetrical hair loss without itching

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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