Dog Breed Information and Guide.

Manchester Terrier Temperament,

Manchester Terrier

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Manchester Terrier Information and   Breed Notes

The Manchester Terrier Temperament is Keen, Alert, Sensitive and Adventurous

Manchester Terrier Temperament

Often likened to a cat, Manchester Terriers are curious, scrupulously clean, sleek and well behaved.

They have energy to spare and have a great sense of adventure making great companions for the active owner.

These dogs enjoy having a good time and love to be in the centre of family life, They socialize well with other dogs rarely challenging for dominance, though unwilling to back down either.

Manchester's can be barkers and do not like to be left for long periods on their own, this is a clever breed that learns quickly in training especially where food or toys are used as motivation.

Children: Generally good around children especially if raised with them they do need to be watched though with smaller ones  as they can  be over protective. Why not check out some other dog breeds that are good with children

Other Animals: Will tolerate other animals that dont try to dominate, however don’t leave “Nibbles” the Chinchilla alone with him.

Protection Level:  the Manchester Terrier’s temperament means they are naturally protective towards their family. Very good sight and hearing will be wary of strangers

Exercise: Loves to get as much exercise as possible and requires regular walks, loves to be free to run around off leash, makes a great jogging companion.

Grooming:Needs little in the way of specialised grooming, great if you dont have the time, inclination or ability for excessive upkeep.

Coat:Short coat that is smooth,shiny & dense.

Health Issues:Generally healthy though some particular problems are seen in the breed: Von Willebrands Disease & Glaucoma.

Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

  The Ideal Manchester Terrier Owner is ...

A gentle playful and experienced owner who can keep this active little dog busy. As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club  or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

The Manchester Terrier was cross bred initially from the Whippet and varying terrier breeds during the 1800's, This terrier was used for hunting vermin in the densely populated streets of England's industrial North West and so successful were they at this task that they developed into a well established breed in their own right.

Also known as the 'Rat Terrier' they rapidly moved from their working class urban roots and became a great favourite amongst the country hunting fraternity,  because of their ability to hunt through dense thickets and grasses that larger breeds could not do. So popular was this breed that they were one of the earliest members of the newly formed American Kennel Club

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 The American Kennel Club and Others

“Manchesters find home where the heart is . They’ll adapt to an apartment, but will use every inch of a 10 acre field when available. If a door opens they’ll take off in search of adventure…

A Manchester is liable to pop up in strange places. It’s not unusual to find one buried under the bed covers taking a nap. They’re said to like everyone, but love one”

Chris Walcowicz- the Perfect Match

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Older Children


Ease Of Training

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Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

Shedding Amount

 Younger Children


Active Lifestyle


Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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