The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of terrier. John Hulme developed the breed as a rat hunter in nineteenth century in Manchester, England. It has earned the nickname of "rat terrier" because of it's tenacity at catching rats and mice. It is considered to be the best vermin hunting breed. Some people believe that the Manchester Terrier was developed by crossing Black & Tan Terrier and the Whippet, however others believe the Manchester Terrier was developed from several breeds, among them the Doberman Pinscher, and the Airedale Terrier.



The body of the Manchester Terrier is smooth, compact, and muscular. They have a long narrow tapering head. Their ears are v-shaped, semi-erect with a front flap that folds over. The eyes are small almond- shaped and dark in colour, they have black colours. Their tail is thicker at the base and tapers to a point. They have a smooth short coat of dense hair.

Size Small
Colour The coat colour of the Manchester Terrier is Black with Tan markings
Coat Length Short
Weight/Height Range The average height of dogs is 34 - 39cms and bitches are between 37 to 42cms and the weight for dogs is between 5Kg and 8kg and the bitches are 6 to 9Kgs.
Ailments Manchester Terriers can prone to glaucoma, they can also be prone to Von Willebrand's disease.

Feeding & Ownership


These dogs are relatively easy to feed, the main thing to remember with the Manchester Terrier is not to overfeed as they do have a tendency to become overweight. 
Food Cost $5 to $10



This breed is not recommended for an inactive owner, they need a firm, confident, owner who is consistent with their dogs training. It is recommended to keep their ear passages clean to avoid ear infections and to trim their nails to keep them short. The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, powerful and agile dog, they display the true terrier nature. They are extremely lively and sporty. They thrive on attention from their owners, and can be quite a handful with they don’t have regular and consistent training. Without enough physical exercise or mental stimulation they can become bored, hyperactive, destructive, and bark excessively when alone and ignored. Puppies should be well-socialised let them meet different people and animals in a positive environment, this way they will be exposure to a variety of situations, this will avoid potential timidity as they grow up.


Intelligence This breed is high intelligent and is a quick learner. They can be outstanding in activities like agility, fly-ball and obedience trials.
Energy High
Suitability for Children Medium
Tendency to Bark High
Overall Exercise Requirement The Manchester Terrier demands plenty of exer­cise, they require a daily walk or jog and benefit greatly from exercise with toys.
Suitability as a Guard Dog Medium
Ease of Transportation High
Level of Aggression Medium High
Other Animal Compatibility Low



The short coat is easy to care for, requiring minimal grooming, a brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months. It is also recommended to rub them down with a piece of towelling or chamois as this will make their coat shine.

Grooming RequirementsOnce a week
Amount of Hair ShedModerate

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