Manchester Terrier
Manchester Terrier

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Manchester Terrier
Couresy of:
Oakwood Manchesters and German Pinschers
Breeding to International Standards of Excellence

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.

* — The FCI is the World Canine Organization, which includes 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, with each being the "property" of a specific country. The "owner" countries of the breeds write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.


Great Britain


12 to 22 lbs (5.5 to 11 kg)

Breed Profile:

The Manchester Terrier is a descendant of Britain's Black and Tan Terrier and was bred as a "ratting machine." His primary purpose being to keep a farm's rat and rabbit population under control. He is neither a miniature version of the Doberman Pinscher nor a Miniature Pinscher. The Manchester Terrier is a very old breed and has been used as the foundation stock for a number of other breeds.

In Canada and the United States, Manchester Terriers are either "Standard" or "Toy". While the Standard Manchester weighs between 12 and 22 pounds (5.5 to 11 kg), the Toy version should weigh less than 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and, in the Toy variety only the naturally erect ear type is acceptable while the Standard's ear type may be either cropped, button or naturally erect.

The Manchester is a loyal, affectionate and devoted companion. Observant, alert and discerning with strangers, he is neither shy nor aggressive. Most Manchesters are as comfortable spending a day lounging around as they are in more active pursuits, making them an ideal companion dog for many types of lifestyles. Some of the activities that Manchesters are involved in include: Conformation, Obedience, Flyball, Agility as well as working as Therapy dogs.

His coat is short and glossy with the base coat a glossy black with precise tan markings over each eye, on each cheek, the lips of the upper and lower jaws extending to the throat, the inside of the ears, the forelegs to the knee, the inside of the hind legs and under the tail.

Health Issues

If you are considering the adoption of a Manchester Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

The Manchester Terrier has an "easy-care" coat that requires a minimum of grooming. However, the short, sleek coat does shed and, therefore, regular weekly brushing should be done in order to help reduce the amount of shedding as well as keep the coat glossy and shiny.

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

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Additional Information

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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