Manchester Terrier: Dog Breed Information

Country of origin: Great Britain
Shoulder height: 38 – 41 cm
Weight: 8 – 10 kg
Age: 14 – 16 years
Color: black with tan markings
Use: Companion dog

The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest British terrier breeds. It is considered to be very affectionate, eager to learn, easy to care for, and uncomplicated to keep. With enough exercise, the active little guy can also be kept well in a city apartment.

Origin and history

The Manchester Terrier is an ancient breed of terrier whose original purpose was to keep homes and yards free of rats and other small rodents. Whippets are believed to be among their ancestors, to whom it owes their elegant appearance and agility. Originally, the breed was referred to as the ” Black and Tan Terrier “. The Manchester Terrier received its current name at the end of the 19th century. The industrial city of Manchester was considered the center of breeding activities at the time. In contrast to other terriers, which were mainly used in rural areas as rat and mouse catchers, the Manchester Terrier is a real city dog.


The Manchester Terrier looks very similar to the German Pinscher but is slightly more delicately built. It has a compact body, small dark eyes, and V-shaped tipped ears. The tail is of medium length and is carried straight.

The Manchester Terrier’s coat is smooth, short, and close-lying. It is strikingly shiny and has a solid texture. The coat color is black with clearly defined tan markings on the cheeks, above the eyes, on the chest, and feet. The fur is very easy to care for.


The breed standard describes the Manchester Terrier as eager, alert, cheerful, hardworking, perceptive, and devoted. It is suspicious of strangers, forms a very close bond with its people, and develops a fine feeling for their sensitivities. It is considered to be intelligent and willing to learn and is also easy to train with loving consistency. However, it cannot deny its dashing terrier temperament and its passion for hunting, so it also needs clear leadership. It is extremely playful and extremely active. The lively guy must therefore also be kept busy, then he is also a balanced and relaxed housemate.

The Manchester Terrier is described as being very clean and therefore comfortable to keep in an apartment. In addition, its coat is extremely easy to care for. The Manchester Terrier adapts well to all life situations. With enough exercise, it can easily be kept in a city and is also suitable as a companion for sprightly, elderly people who like to go for walks. The active, lively guy is also in good hands in a large family or a house in the country.

Ava Williams

Written by Ava Williams

Hello, I'm Ava! I have been writing professionally for just over 15 years. I specialize in writing informative blog posts, breed profiles, pet care product reviews, and pet health and care articles. Prior to and during my work as a writer, I spent about 12 years in the pet care industry. I have experience as a kennel supervisor and professional groomer. I also compete in dog sports with my own dogs. I also have cats, guinea pigs, and rabbits.

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