Manchester Terrier review

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The Manchester Terrier comes in Standard and Toy varieties. Both sizes have the same sleek coat and black-and-tan color pattern. Both sizes have a similar build – slender and elegant. But the Standard Manchester is larger and sturdier, while the Toy Manchester is more fragile-looking.


Though more amenable to training than many other terriers, Manchester Terriers must still be taught at an early age that they are not the rulers of the world. The toughness that makes them suited to killing vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Terriers can be stubborn and dominant. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. To teach your Manchester Terrier to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. Read more about Manchester Terrier Training.


Manchester Terriers are active go-getters. They need have regular opportunities to vent their energy and to use their busy minds to do interesting things. I recommend obedience classes at the intermediate or advanced level, or agility classes (an obstacle course for dogs), or "earth dog" classes (where terriers dig and tunnel after small critters who are safely secured in a sturdy cage so they can't be harmed).

Lori Hubin

Had a Manchester Terrier as a kid, on a farm in IA. He did definitely fiind plenty to do; in spite of having a dairy farm, with spilled feed, etc., we never had a rat problem! My dad built him a good-sized doghouse, which stood right beside the back door. One day (in the 1960's) a rather persistent door-to-door salesman would NOT take a hint and go away - until Baron, having been cruising the fields chasing rabbits, came flying up the porch steps and onto the top of his doghouse, making him eye-to-eye with the salesman. And of course he wasn't quiet when he got there - mouth wide open and barking as if he was ready to kill, with gleaming teeth a few inches from the guy's face, tha salesman quickly decided he was NOT going to make a sale at our house! He was back in his car and peeling down the gravel road in about 30 seconds flat. What a hoot.I trained Baron for 4-H and took champion in obedience at the County Fair - I also taught him to climb a stepladder, turn around on the paint try, and come back down. I LOVED that dog!

Russell Mason

The Manchester terrier is also a direct blood relative of the Doberman Pinscher. To tell the difference between the Manchester and Miniature pinscher, notice the head shape. Manchesters are almost always taken for Doberman puppies. Their faces resemble the Doberman's sleek wedge-shaped, streamlined head and long nose. Min pins by contrast look more like chihuahuas. The favorite large breed for us is the Doberman; unchallenged favorite small breed, the Manchester terrier.


Manchesters combine the streamlined grace of a small coursing hound and the instincts of a fearless rat terrier. These racy little dogs come in two size varieties: Toy (not exceeding 12 pounds) and Standard (not exceeding 22 pounds). All Manchesters are similar in temperament, body type and athletic ability despite differences in size. They’re easily recognized by a tight coat of rich mahogany tan and jet black. The head is long and wedge-shaped; tan spots above each eye point up a watchful expression. Manchesters can motor, running with good reach in front and propulsive rear drive powered by a muscular caboose.

Amy Hunter

I have a manchester and he's the sweetest! I do want to say be careful if you get a male, they can be mean at times since they want to be in control, they also don't stay still for long.

If you are looking to buy a manchester I would recommend getting a female if you want a calm dog, if you like going outside and jogging a lot then a male would be best.


My sister has a pure standard Manchester. She is a great dog. Slow to warm to strangers but once you're in the fold she is super friendly. Very smart but she is a little bit stubborn. She never smells but living in the northeast need a coat in the winter. She goes from a complete couch potato when she is inside to a super high energy playmate outside. I think they are a lovely breed.


Manchester Terriers have a stubborn and independent temperament. Like most terriers they are high energy and very self confident. This means you must provide plenty of praise and reward based training in order to gain respect from this fiesty breed.

Around the house they should be well mannered but any small animals will be seen as prey and any strangers will be seen as a threat to their territory so at the very least they will be reserved and suspicious if not down right rude.

Positive reviews


Typically, a Manchester is devoted to his family and likes children but his small size makes him vulnerable to youngsters who aren't old enough to know it hurts when you yank his ears. Some breeders prefer homes without very young children. It helps to expose him to a lot of children, small and not so small, when he's young.

Show your children how to approach and touch dogs, and supervise any interactions between dogs and young children to prevent any biting or ear or tail pulling on the part of either party. Teach your child never to approach any dog while he's eating or to try to take the dog's food away. No dog should be left unsupervised with a child.

Manchesters and other pets depends on... the other pets. They are less scrappy than many terriers, but don't lose sight of why they were bred: to kill vermin. They have a strong prey drive. So while they generally do well with other dogs, cats might be pretty nervous around them, and small critters like rats, hamsters, and guinea pigs would be in permanent danger around this terrier.


Both varieties of Manchester Terrier are intelligent and cunning dogs, and can be headstrong. They need firm obedience training, and will be quite loyal to their family. They should be socialized from an early age in order to prevent future aggression. They love to be the center of attention and should not be left alone for long periods of time or they will become bored and destructive, and will bark incessantly. They are high-spirited and enjoy playing games. Because they were bred to catch rats, do not leave them alone with smaller pets such as hamsters or mice, or instinct will take over.


Manchesters are my first and favorite breed! After owning one, no other type of dog seems as smart or relatable. My girl seemed wise beyond her years, and good at analyzing situations involving a large number of people. I can second the "wanting to be in control" thing... so if you don't enjoy spending time training a dog, you may well end up with a stubborn Manchester. My animal was female and, though she became more docile with age, had a real capacity to be high strung as well as to jog long distances, hike through the woods, and exhibit splendid athletic potential. She was such an enriching part of my life. I literally spent the majority of my entire life living with her (that is, 15 of my 23 years), and in the two months since she died I have missed my little black and tan so much! If anyone is interested to see how this breed carries on into old age, you can see videos of my Manchester (full size variety) on my channel, and I would gratefully appreciate the views.

Marlise Watt

I miss my Manchester Alexander soooo bad...he died awhile back...the best dogs on the lonely for him...was blessed to have him...pray I'll be in a position to have another one...Thank you God for man's (woman's) best friend!!!


Smart, stubborn, active and alert. I had mine for 5 years, a purebred Manchester, sadly I had to have him put down due to cancer. Loves to be a part of everything. Mine could easily walk with me in the mountains for 6-7 hours, but could also spend the entire day with me on the couch without problems. Very intelligent, tried a few of Nina Ottesons dog toys, and he figuered them out in short order :) Easy to train, and quick to learn new tricks. Little to no dog smell, even when wet, but easily cold in winter. kind of indifferent towards strangers. All in all a great little dog that I found easy to bring along everywhere. A source of many laughs.


The Manchester Terrier is a lively and charming dog that exemplifies all that is good about the terrier family. Tasked with keeping inns, stores, and homes free from rats and mice for hundreds of years, this is a job it still takes seriously, and while it will not allow vermin to live in its home, the same might be true for cats and other small pets. The breed’s alertness and willingness to bark makes it a great guard dog, but nuisance barking can be a problem, particularly in dogs left alone for extended periods of time.