The Manchester Terrier has a life expectancy of 14 to 16 years.
A breeder by the name of John Hulme is credited with developing the Manchester Terrier in the 1800s. He wanted to create a dog that could be used for the “poor men’s sports” of rat killing and rabbit coursing that were popular in Manchester, England, at the time. He bred the Whippet with the rough Black and Tan Terrier to create a quick, determined go-getter.
The Manchester Terrier can be categorized as Toy or Standard based on their size. The Toy Manchester Terrier weighs 12 pounds or less and measures 10 to 12 inches while the Standard Manchester Terrier weighs 12 to 22 pounds and measures 15 to 16 inches.
The Manchester Terrier has a short, smooth coat and is naturally clean. The Manchester Terrier just needs to be brushed once a week and bathed as necessary. Like all dogs, the Manchester Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Manchester Terrier is faithful and feisty.
The Manchester Terrier demands constant attention and wants to be in the middle of everything. Referred to as a “Velcro dog,” the Manchester Terrier’s favorite place in the world is right next to their owner. The Manchester Terrier forms a deep bond with their owner and is quite loyal to them. They enjoy showering their owner with affection and taking part in their activities.
With new people, the Manchester Terrier can be wary and aloof. This breed makes a small, but effective watch dog. Manchester Terriers are quick to bark at anything or anyone that seems suspicious. However, once they get to know someone, they are friendly and welcoming. Manchester Terriers tend to be less high strung and assertive than some other terrier breeds.
With consistency and firm boundaries, the Manchester Terrier is easily trained. They are smart and eager to learn, but can be stubborn. Once they have the basics down, Manchester Terriers can go on to participate in a wide range of activities like earthdog trials, tracking, conformation, obedience and agility.
The Manchester Terrier is fairly laidback indoors, but burns energy when outside. The Manchester Terrier needs a daily walk as well as regular time outside to run around and play. The Standard Manchester Terrier normally requires more activity than the Toy Manchester Terrier and can be a good hiking or jogging partner.