Lifespan: 15 – 17 years
Weight: 12 – 22 lbs.
Height: 15 – 16 inches
Do I shed?: Yes
Personality: Loyal, energetic, adaptable
Common health problems: Juvenile cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation, deafness
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.
Manchester terriers have smooth and short coats that are black and tan.
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
Manchesters shouldn’t have a drooling problem. If you notice your Manchester terrier drooling excessively, please consult your veterinarian.
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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.
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.
Manchesters are very energetic with higher exercise needs. Walks, play time, or goal-oriented training sessions are a must to mitigate behavioral problems.
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.
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.
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 terriers were recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887.4
- Bred as rat terriers, the Manchester’s bloodline is from the whippet and black-and-tan terrier dog breeds.4
- Because of their similar appearances, Manchester terriers are sometimes confused for miniature pinschers. The two are wholly different breeds though.
- In Victorian England, Manchester terriers were given the nickname “the gentleman’s terrier.”
Manchester terriers mixes are not very popular. You’ll typically only find a Manchester terrier and Chihuahua mix.
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
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 — 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 (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.