Breed Spotlight: Manchester Terrier

Four Minutes
Oct 16, 2022

Manchester Terrier Quick Stats


15 – 17 years


12 – 22 lbs


15 – 16 inches




Loyal, energetic, adaptable

Common Health Problems:

 Juvenile cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation, deafness

Manchester Terrier: How Do I Look?

Manchester terriers are muscular and have an alert expression. They come in two different sizes: standard and toy. While standard Manchester terriers are less than 22 pounds, toy Manchesters are under 12 pounds. Other than their size, they look nearly identical.

Coat Type and Colors

Manchester terriers have smooth and short coats that are black and tan.

Shedding and Grooming

Manchester terriers are minimal shedders who have very little grooming needs. The occasional bath is all that’s needed for these smaller pups.


According to the American Kennel Club’s breed standard, standard Manchester terriers may have naturally erect, cropped, or button ears.3

There is no ear shape preference for standard Manchesters, but naturally erect is the only acceptable shape for toy Manchester terriers, according to the breed standard.3

Drooling Level

Manchesters shouldn’t have a drooling problem. If you notice your Manchester terrier drooling excessively, please consult your veterinarian.

Manchester Terrier: Personality Traits

What My Adoption Bio Would Say:

Energetic when I want to be and chill when I need to be. I’m just happy to be involved! If you’re looking for a spunky companion that gives lots of love, I’m the terrier for you.


Both the standard and toy Manchester terriers share the same personality — playful and intelligent. True to their terrier nature, they’re up for a challenge and need a channel for their energy. Keep your Manchester terrier’s temperament in check by providing lots of opportunities for exercise, mental stimulation, and attention.

Exercise Needs

Manchesters are very energetic with higher exercise needs. Walks, play time, or goal-oriented training sessions are a must to mitigate behavioral problems.

Good with Other Pets?

Manchester terriers should be fine with other cats and dogs with a proper introduction. However, because they were originally bred to kill small animals, Manchesters shouldn’t be in a household with pet rabbits or rodents.


Manchesters are easily trained but may have a stubborn streak. Training sessions should focus on positive reinforcement with stimulating activities — like agility sports. Make sure they receive early socialization to adhere to your commands and behave with other pets.

Good with Kids?

Manchesters are very affectionate with their family. They are typically good for older children when socialized early and properly.As a smaller dog, they are susceptible to injuries though. If your small children are still learning how to responsibly play and gently share affection with their furry family members, a Manchester terrier might not be the dog for you.

Barking Level

Manchester terriers are very vocal. Barking may become a problem if they’re not given proper attention or when they aren’t trained to know when to stop.

Manchester Terrier Fun Facts

  1. Manchester terriers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887.4
  2. Bred as rat terriers, the Manchester’s bloodline is from the whippet and black-and-tan terrier dog breeds.4
  3. Because of their similar appearances, Manchester terriers are sometimes confused for miniature pinschers. The two are wholly different breeds though.
  4. In Victorian England, Manchester terriers were given the nickname “the gentleman’s terrier.”

Common Manchester Terrier Mixes

Manchester terriers mixes are not very popular. You’ll typically only find a Manchester terrier and Chihuahua mix.

7 Manchester Terrier Health Issues

Manchester terriers are predisposed to a few costly health conditions. The American Manchester Terrier Club lists the following common health problems:5

  • Juvenile cardiomyopathy: This is early onset heart failure.
  • Luxating patella: This knee condition occurs when your dog’s kneecap is dislocated.
  • Von Willebrand disease: This is a blood disorder.
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes: This degenerative hip condition may lead to lameness.
  • Anesthesia sensitivity
  • Eye conditions
  • Deafness

Protect your Pets

Even the healthiest of pups can come with unexpected vet costs. Pet insurance can help keep your dog and your bank account happy.

How Pet Insurance Can Help Manchester Terriers

Pet insurance can help dog parents afford essential veterinary care for their furry family members. Dog health insurance with MetLife Pet Insurance1 may cover common issues in Manchesters and end of life expenses in the unfortunate event of their passing.2 Manchester owners might consider a policy with their pup’s predisposition to von Willebrand disease and juvenile cardiomyopathy.

Von Willebrand disease

Von Willebrand disease — similar to hemophilia in humans — is a condition that affects blood’s ability to clot. An affected dog could experience severe bleeding after even a minor injury. Treating von Willebrand disease requires some lifestyle changes and may include medication and blood transfusions.

Juvenile cardiomyopathy

Juvenile cardiomyopathy (JDCM) is a serious heart condition in young dogs and puppies, especially toy Manchester terriers. According to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, JDCM leads to fatal heart failure with few signs or symptoms, if any.6 There are many institutions trying to develop genetic testing to better help understand the disease.4

Thinking of what may harm your pet is never easy, but being prepared to make the most out of your Manchester terrier’s lifespan can make it easier. If you’re considering dog insurance for your Manchester, make sure to sign up as soon as possible to avoid preexisting conditions. Still unsure? Find out how pet insurance works, and get a free dog insurance quote for your pup. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal, or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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3 “Official Standard of the Manchester Terrier,” American Kennel Club

4 “Manchester Terrier Dog Breed Information,” American Kennel Club 

5 “Health Overview,” American Manchester Terrier Club

6 “Toy Manchester Terrier / English Toy Terrier Health Panel,” University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

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