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Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier Breed


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Physical Characteristics:
Height: 15-16”
Weight: 12-22 lbs.
Energy Level: Moderate
The American Kennel Club recognizes the Manchester Terrier in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Black and tan

Health & Longevity

Average Life Span: 15-16 years
The Manchester Terrier is considered to be a healthy breed, but medical conditions do exist in the breed and you need to know about them to protect your pup and choose a reputable breeder. Some of the conditions that affect the Manchester Terrier include Von Willebrand’s Disease, patellar luxation, hypothyroidism, cataracts, glaucoma, and Legg-Calve-Perthe’s Disease.

Von Willebrand’s Disease is a blood disorder which occurs when there is a lack of proteins within the platelets. This then causes the platelets to have trouble clotting and can lead to poor healing of injuries on your pup.

Patellar luxation is a knee dislocation or a loose knee. This condition is common in smaller breeds and you will usually know there is a problem because your pup will hesitate to use his or her leg and may hold it elevated from the ground.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that affects the thyroid, so is it important that you have your pup monitored and screened if you think he or she may have a thyroid issue. The thyroid helps with your pup’s metabolism and when there is an issue, your pup may gain too much weight or may not be able to gain weight at all.

Cataracts are a concern in the Manchester Terrier. They typically form over time, but your puppy may be born with them. Cataracts will lead to blindness in your pup and may affect one or both eyes.

Glaucoma occurs when there is too much pressure on the eye, and there is a buildup of fluid that cannot drain. This condition can lead to blindness when it is not treated, but can be managed effectively if caught early on.

Lastly, Legg-Calve-Perthe’s Disease is a disease that occurs when the head of your pup’s femur bone begins to degenerate. This can cause painful joint and bone inflammation.

The Manchester Terrier has a fairly lengthy life expectancy of 15 to 16 years.

Temperament & Train-ability

The Manchester Terrier is considered to be a bright pup with a lot of courage and bravery. You will find that this pup has no problem heading out into your yard and trotting around. This breed is not afraid of much and will prance around with his or her head held high.

Your pup is going to be alert and also watchful, which makes him or her a good watch dog. You will notice that your pup does bark, especially when a stranger approaches or even when boredom sets in.

The Manchester Terrier requires you to pay attention to him or her and will thrive on your affection. Your pup has a lot of love to give too, so cuddles are never out of reach. In fact, some Manchester Terriers will always be attached to their owner and follow them from room to room.

Unfortunately, if this breed is not socialized and trained correctly, he or she will have aggression problems and may nip, bite, bark, or be a handful. This breed needs a strong leader and owner who is not afraid to put his or her foot down and command the puppy to behave.

Your Manchester Terrier is unlikely to get along with young children unless raised and socialized with them. Often times, it is simply recommended that this pup is kept in a home without children.

This breed does well inside of an apartment or condo and does not necessarily need a lot of exercise like larger breeds. You should walk your pup once per day and play with him or her inside of your home. If you do have a yard, your Manchester Terrier will enjoy the off-leash time.

Training is going to be a bit more challenging than you might like, but there will be times where it does seem easy. You need to make sure you assert yourself as the leader and you do not let your pup get away with whatever he or she wants. You do want to be consistent and firm, but you do not want to be harsh as this can lead to more problems.


The Manchester Terrier does not require a bunch of grooming needs and is considered easy to take care of. You will find that this breed does not shed a lot, which is good for those who do not want to have to run the vacuum or be on cleanup duty all of the time.

You do not have to bathe your pup unless he or she really needs it. It is important that you clean out your pup’s ears once a week to ensure that he or she does not develop an infection.

In addition, you will need to trim your pup’s nails to make sure that they do not grow too long. If you are afraid to cut your pup’s nails, do not hesitate to take him or her to the groomer.


Your Manchester Terrier will consume anywhere between 3/4 cup and 1.5 cups of food per day. You should feed your pup a high-quality food that does not contain any fillers or chemicals. You can feed your pup wet food occasionally, but should not rely on it as an everyday food because it does not offer the nutrition your pup needs.

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A Manchester Terrier puppy will cost you anywhere between $500 and $700. You will find that the cost of your puppy varies based on several factors including the demand for the breed, the breeder, and also the sex of the puppy you choose.

Paws ‘N’ Pups Ranking

Paws ‘N’ Pups ranks every breed out of 4 with 1 being easiest to integrate into your life and 4 being the toughest – The lower the ranking the better.

Ranking takes into account a few basic factors including cost, skill level needed, high vs low maintenance and how critical regular training is to success. It is important to note that this breed often suffers from little dog syndrome and can have quite the attitude. If not properly trained, this breed can become aggressive and have episodes where he or she nips and bites. You have to make sure you are ready to train your pup, otherwise, he or she will become unruly. This breed is not a good choice is you have children in your home. This breed ranks a 4.


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