Toy Manchester Terrier

Toy Group

Five Toy Manchester Terrier puppies lying down in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

10-12 in

Weight

<12 lbs

Life Expectancy

15-17 yrs

History

The Manchester Terrier originated in Manchester in the mid-1800's. Mill workers in the area wanted to develop a multi-purpose dog that could be used for two activities: rabbit hunting and rat baiting- the sport of letting a dog loose in a pit of rats and betting on how fast it could finish them off. Breeders crossed Black and Tan Terriers with Whippets to achieve a dog that could excel at both: the Toy Manchester Terrier.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Toy Manchester Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★☆☆


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★☆☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★★


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Loyal to their families and thrive on lots of affection, but won't beg for it

Might bring you their dead prey- and not always intact

Very intelligent free-thinkers which makes them a bit stubborn and difficult to train

Playful, curious, and social

Chasers that will disregard commands when pursuing prey