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 share the exact same personality and temperament, there are certain generalizations that can be made about the breed. In addition to genetics, a dog’s environment, training, socialization, and many other factors all contribute to their personality and behavior.

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

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Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

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Affection Towards Family

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Friendliness Towards Strangers

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Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

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Exercise Needs

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Energy Level

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Sensitivity

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Noise Level

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Prey Drive

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Shedding

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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

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