The Manchester Terrier is devoted, alert and friendly. Manchester Terriers bond closely with their handler or family. They make excellent watchdogs as they are always ready for action despite their small size. Manchester Terriers should be socialized with household pets at an early age and they may be rather dominant towards other dogs, but are always good with children. These terriers love to please their handler and are always eager to learn.
Minimal grooming is needed with Manchester Terriers. Simply brush the coat with a rubber brush during moulting to remove the dead hairs. The coat can polished up with a cloth to give it a smooth, glossy appearance. The claws also need to be clipped and the ears kept clean.
The Manchester Terrier demands lots of exercise with their naturally sporty and active nature. They are able to run at a fast speed and maintain it for a long time. Therefore an ideal energy-burner for these dogs is running alongside a cycle once they are fully grown. Manchester Terriers can excell in activities like fly-ball and agility skills.
Manchester Terriers do not eat a great deal and are undemanding with their food consumption.
It is believed that this breed originated around the Manchester area in England, from cross-breeding with the rough coated Black and Tan Terrier and the smooth coated Whippet. Manchester Terriers were bred for rat hunting and rabbit coursing. This breed was exhibited in England as far back as 1862.
General Appearance: Compact, sleek and agile.
Color: Jet black and tan in designated areas.
Coat: Glossy, dense, smooth, short with a firm texture.
Tail: Set low, tapering and never carried above the level of the back.
Ears: Set high, small, V-shaped with the tips falling forward.
Body: The body is short and slightly arched. The chest is narrow, the shoulders are clean-cut and very oblique and the ribs are well sprung.
- The Manchester Terrier can adapt to the country or city and is suited for an energetic family that can include it within their active lifestyle.