AKC PuppyFinder: Manchester Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: Spirited, bright, keenly observant; dead loyal, in an independent terrier way
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Swift and athletic, Manchesters need time and space to enjoy being themselves
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Occasional
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10-12 inches (toy), 15-16 inches (standard)
  • Weight: under 12 pounds (toy), 12-22 pounds (standard)
  • Life Expectancy: 15-17 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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If you're looking for a sleek, smart and fleet dog with a big-dog personality in a smaller body, meet the Manchester Terrier. This handsome, athletic dog enjoys time and space to run as well as learning dog sport skills, like agility, earth dog trials and obedience. Your Manchester Terrier puppy has the terrier's instinct to roam, so early training and socialization are important. With his eagerness to learn and bond with his people, there's almost no limit to what you and your dog can enjoy doing together.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1886

Breed History & Job Description: Long before Manchester was famous for a soccer team, it was a center of England’s booming textile trade. Local mill workers of the mid-1800s had two favorite sports: hunting rabbits with small hounds, and the revolting pastime of rat killing (turning a terrier loose in a rat pit and betting on the results). Breeders worked toward a two-in-one dog to excel at both. They crossed a popular ratter called the Black and Tan Terrier with Whippets; the result was a distinct Manchester type of terrier.

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Manchester Terriers are generally a healthy breed. Like all breeds there may be some health issues, like eye disease, auto-immune thyroiditis and von Willebrand’s disease. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Manchester Terriers are healthy dogs.


Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:


  • Von Willebrand's Disease DNA Test
  • Ophthalmologist Exam
  • Thyroid Evaluation
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club Rescue: American Manchester Terrier Club
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: michelle@maximaldog.com
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: Michelle Barlak
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.americanmanchester.org/rescue
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