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Meet the breed: Manchester Terrier

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle is the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We’re here to help you meet the breed that’s right for you. If you’re looking for an active and loyal companion, learn all you need to know about the Manchester Terrier.

Breed at a glance

  • Devoted
  • Sensitive
  • Alert
  • Clean
  • Cat-like

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The oldest-known terrier, the Manchester Terrier was bred in England to hunt rats. The best vermin-hunting breed, the Manchester Terrier is extremely fast. Available in both standard and toy varieties, both are considered companion dogs with the same personality traits. Unfortunately, the popularity of the Manchester Terrier has gone down in recent years.

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Breed standards

  • AKC group: Toy
  • UKC group: Terrier
  • Average lifespan: 15 – 18 years
  • Average size: 6 – 8 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Smooth-haired, shiny
  • Coloration: Black and tan
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Muscular, long tapered head, V-shaped erect ears, dark almond-shaped eyes, black nose, pointed and erect tail.
  • Possible alterations: Standard versions are larger in size. Ears are known to naturally flop over.

Is this breed right for you?

A completely devoted breed, the Manchester Terrier is very loyal, loving and faithful. Active and full of life, it needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation to avoid behavioral problems. Not capable of being left alone for long periods of time, it is in constant need of human companionship. With a natural instinct to hunt, it does not do well with cats but can get along with other dogs if raised with them. Enjoying walks, games of fetch and other forms of activity, it does best with a large yard. A good family pet, it does best with children if introduced to them as a puppy.

A dream day-in-the-life of a Manchester Terrier

A breed that enjoys snuggling with its favorite humans, it will enjoy waking up to the alarm in its owner’s bed. Known for cuddling, it will wait to get out of bed until its master does. Once up for the day, it’ll greet the kids with affection before going for a romp in the yard. After a good breakfast, it will enjoy engaging in a game of fetch. After a nap with the smaller humans, the Manchester Terrier will follow them outside to sniff out the perimeter for any unwelcome visitors. Ending its day exactly as it started, it’ll be keen for a nightly snuggle session.

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