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Toy Manchester Terrier

ManchesterTerrier

A Sturdy Dog

Gentle, Playful, Sensitive

Toy Manchester Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Toy Manchester Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Toy Manchester Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Toy Manchester Terrier came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:10-12" Weight:6-8 lb Lifespan:14-16 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
4

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Toy 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: Toy 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!

The Toy Manchester Terrier is an athlete and an agility champion. They are highly motivated and thrive on attention. With mental and physical exercise, they make a wonderful family companion.

Positive Traits:

  • Quiet—not much of a barker

  • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

  • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

  • Excellent watchdog

  • Easily motivated and trainable

  • Compact - does well in small living quarters

Negative Traits:
  • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers

  • Needs daily exercise

  • Must be properly socialized with humans and other animals

  • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

  • Needs frequent attention from her family

Whether you are considering adding a new Toy 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 Toy 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 Toy 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 Toy Manchester Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Displaced Lens

Persistent Pupillary Membrane

Dermoid

The Manchester Terrier originated in England and was bred to control rat populations. Manchesters come in two varieties: the standard and the toy. They are a high-spirited little dog that is intelligent and entertaining. Manchester Terriers are described as tidy dogs that tend to groom themselves and have little odor. They form strong bonds with their family and make excellent watchdogs, but they can become aggressive with strange people and dogs. They are a devoted and affectionate family companion.

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

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

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

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

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

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

  • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

  • Care

    Routine Care: Toy 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: Toy 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

    The Toy Manchester Terrier is an athlete and an agility champion. They are highly motivated and thrive on attention. With mental and physical exercise, they make a wonderful family companion.

    Positive Traits:

    • Quiet—not much of a barker

    • Agile, sturdy, and muscular

    • Has a short, easy-to-care-for coat

    • Excellent watchdog

    • Easily motivated and trainable

    • Compact - does well in small living quarters

    Negative Traits:
    • Needs early socialization to accept other pets and strangers

    • Needs daily exercise

    • Must be properly socialized with humans and other animals

    • Early obedience training and socialization is recommended

    • Needs frequent attention from her family

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Toy 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 Toy 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 Toy 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 Toy Manchester Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Glaucoma

    Displaced Lens

    Persistent Pupillary Membrane

    Dermoid

  • History

    The Manchester Terrier originated in England and was bred to control rat populations. Manchesters come in two varieties: the standard and the toy. They are a high-spirited little dog that is intelligent and entertaining. Manchester Terriers are described as tidy dogs that tend to groom themselves and have little odor. They form strong bonds with their family and make excellent watchdogs, but they can become aggressive with strange people and dogs. They are a devoted and affectionate family companion.

  • Watch Out For

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

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

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

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

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Increasing hip pain at less than a year old

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

    • Increased hunger and thirst, weight loss

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • New or changing lumps or bumps, itchy or not

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