- AKC recognized in 1886
- Lifespan: 15 – 17 years
- Size: Small
- Energy: Medium
- Recommended Crate Size: 24” dog crate*
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The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest terrier breeds. The dog breed was originally developed by John Hulme as a rat and vermin hunter in Manchester, England around the nineteenth century. Since then, the dog breed was given the nickname rat terrier because of its ability to catch mice and rats.
When compared to other dog breeds, the Manchester Terrier is considered among the best for vermin hunting. The Manchester Terrier gained popularity during the reign of Queen Victoria. In general, this breed is divided into two varieties: toy and standard. The standard breed still has the ability to catch rats, but nowadays it serves more as a companion dog.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Manchester Terrier in 1886. These medium energy dogs, also known as English Toy Terriers, were developed by crossing tan and black terriers. In addition to catching rodents, this breed has the power and agility to hunt. Since they are originally bred for hunting, they have more of these natural hunting instincts than other terrier breeds. Even though they are bred for hunting, they also serve as well-mannered house dogs and companions to humans.
The Manchester Terrier has a short-coat and is sleek with a mahogany and black coat. It is classified as muscular, has a compact body, and an arched top-line. They have a smooth and glossy coat. The Toy Manchester Terrier weights 12 pounds and the Standard Manchester Terrier weights between 12 to 22 pounds. This dog breed can have three different types of ears which are button, naturally erect, and cropped.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to small-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a health, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
Thanks to the Manchester Terrier's short and shiny coat, it requires almost no grooming and is considered an easy-care breed. The Standard variety sheds an average amount and little to no hair is shed for toy variety. It is important to regularly inspect and clean their ears, and trim their nails in order to prevent cracking. It is important to frequently brush their teeth.
The medium energy Manchester Terrier requires regular exercise. Besides every day walks, they also benefit from regular play time. They are able to run very fast while maintaining good endurance. They also enjoy running alongside bicycles, which provides a good amount of exercise.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends 24” dog crates* for most adult Manchester Terriers.
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