Manchester Terrier

If a Pinscher is the dog of your dreams, but you're looking for something a little smaller, the Manchester Terrier is the dog for you. Surprisingly small, like a miniature Pinscher, the body of the Manchester Terrier is smooth, compact, and muscular. They have a long, narrow head, their ears are v-shaped and semi-erect with a front flap that folds over. The eyes are small almond-shaped and dark in colour and their tail is thicker at the base and tapers to a point. They have a smooth short coat of dense, shiny hair.


Other Names
Rat Terrier, Manchester, The Gentleman's Terrier
Country of Origin
Black with tan markings.
Height / Weight
The average height of male Manchester Terriers is 34 - 39cms, whereas bitches are between 37 to 42cms. The weight for male Manchesters is between 5kgs and 8kgs, and the bitches are 6kgs to 9kgs.
Manchester Terriers can be prone to glaucoma. They can also be prone to Von Willebrand's disease.
Life Span
14 -15 years
This breed is high intelligent and is a quick learner. They can be outstanding in activities like agility, fly-ball and obedience trials.
Suitability (Children)

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. So hold back on the treats!

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
The Manchester Terrier demands plenty of exer­cise, they require a daily walk or jog and would love to burn off some energy on their own or with their human playing with toys.
Manchester Terriers can be prone to glaucoma. They can also be prone to Von Willebrand's disease.
Hair Shed

The short, shiny coat is a cinch to care for and requires minimal grooming - just a good brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and a bath every two weeks in the warmer months and 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. To keep their ear passages clean to avoid ear infections and to trim their nails to keep them short.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of terrier, and was originally an excellent ratter. John Hulme developed the breed as a rat hunter in nineteenth century in Manchester, England and as such, Manchesters have earned the nickname of rat terrier because of their tenacity at catching rats and mice. They are considered to be the best vermin hunting breed around. Inthe 1800s it was a common pastime and form of amusement for local mill-workers in Manchester used to set the dogs loose in their mills to take care of their rat problems and maybe earn a few bob by betting on the outcome. Some people believe that the Manchester Terrier was developed by crossing the Black & Tan Terrier with the Whippet, however others believe the Manchester Terrier was developed from several breeds, among them the Doberman Pinscher, and the Airedale Terrier.

comments powered by Disqus