Manchester Terrier

Manchester Terrier

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Manchester Terriers are intelligent, cunning, and high-spirited dogs who love to learn. A true terrier is independent, loyal, lively, sporty, and alert. Discerning and loyal, Manchester Terriers are excellent watchdogs.

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What is it?

An abnormally high eye pressure can cause this painful disease. When aqueous fluid doesn't drain correctly, the pressure inside the eye can increase and cause damage to the optic nerve. This can result in vision loss and blindness.

Clinical Signs

  • Watery discharge from the eye.

  • Eye pain (eye rubbing or turning away when being pet)

  • Bulging of the eyeball (whites of eye turn red)

  • Cloudy, bluish appearance to eye

  • Dilated pupil – or pupil does not respond to light.


To treat acute glaucoma, the intraocular pressure must be reduced urgently. Pharmacologically, osmotic diuretics such as mannitol or glycerol are commonly used in combination with other topical and systemic drugs. A vet may administer pain medication to help ease your dog’s pain and discomfort.

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Intelligent & Affectionate

They have exceptionally tolerant and friendly personality


They are generally playful with their families


The Manchester Terrier can be very affectionate around their family

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They have a very short coat that can shed heavily during the spring


The only colors that Manchester Terriers are available in is black & tan




The Manchester Terrier is a low-maintenance dog breed. Keep their coat free of dead hair by brushing it once a week with a rubber or bristle brush.


They are stubborn and can be difficult to train.

Manchester Terriers are intelligent, cunning, and high-spirited dogs who love to learn. A true terrier is independent, loyal, lively, sporty, and alert. Discerning and devoted, Manchester Terriers makes excellent watchdogs and loyal friends.

There are two varieties of Manchester Terriers in the United States and Canada - the Toy and the Standard. Their native England, however, classifies them as separate breeds: the English Toy Terrier and the Manchester Terrier. It's also important for Manchester Terrier owners to take care of their ears. Toys must have naturally erect ears, and cropping is not permitted. The standards allow for naturally erect or button ears.

In spite of their differences in size and ears, Toys and Standards are the same breeds with the same striking personality. Manchester Terriers are extremely loyal to their owners. Unlike pleading or begging for attention, they crave attention without being excessively demanding. Due to their utter devotion to companionship, Manchester’s do not tolerate being left alone for long periods of time. Boredom and nervousness can lead to destructive behavior in those situations. As a vocal breed, they may bark excessively if left to amuse themselves. Exercise serves as one of your best prevention tools - the more exercise you provide them with, the less likely they are to cause trouble.

Many terriers have a lot of energy, including Manchester terriers. They are quick learners and want to please. When left alone, they can get snappy. They are sensitive dogs, though. Manchesters are, therefore not suitable for families with small children unless the adults are willing to socialize and train them consistently. Due to their short coats, they should not be left outside. When it is hot outside, their black coats can cause them to overheat, and when it is cold outside, they can become very chilled. When allowed to stay indoors with their families, they do best.

Manchester Terrier: Introduction to the Breed

Choosing a pet is one of the most important decisions you will have to make as a family. Research the available breeds and determine which one is most suitable for your family and lifestyle before buying a new dog.

Manchester Terriers are generally:

  • Friendly

  • Energetic

  • Intelligent

  • Vocal

  • Loving

  • Affectionate

Manchester Terriers love their people and enjoy being around them. Since they’re a social breed, they’re not well suited to being alone all day - all they want to do is hang out with you. A Manchester terrier is not particularly aggressive, but they were bred to kill small animals, so it isn't a good idea to keep rats and rabbits in the same house. Manchester’s are more amenable to training than some other breeds, but they still believe they rule the world, and if you don't alter that perception, you could end up with a little four-legged Napoleon.

If not socialized properly, these dogs can be aggressive, protective, and snappish. Firm training is a must for this dog breed. Because Manchesters are stubborn and determined, consistency is also crucial. Terriers can be barky, lively, bossy, feisty, clever, and willful as a group. There is no exception to this rule in Manchester. It is important that they are given regular opportunities to exercise and think since they are likely to get into trouble when bored.

A dog's temperament is influenced by several factors, including heredity, training, and socialization. It is common for puppies with good temperaments to be curious and playful, willing to approach people and be held by them. If buying from a breeder, make sure you meet at least one of the parents (if available) to evaluate their temperament. Siblings or other relatives of the parents can also help you determine what a puppy may be like when they grow up.

What is the origin of the Manchester Terrier?

Manchester was once a leader in England's booming textile industry long before its soccer team became famous. Mill workers of the mid-1800s enjoyed two sports: hunting rabbits with small hounds and rat killing (letting a terrier loose in a rat pit and betting on the results). A two-in-one dog was developed by breeders to excel at both. A distinct Manchester type of terrier was produced by crossing Black and Tan Terriers with Whippets.

Toy Manchester and Standard Manchesters were registered as separate breeds until 1959, although interbreeding was allowed. Afterward, the two breeds combined to form one breed, the Manchester Terrier, which comes in two varieties: Toy and Standard. The AKC, however, has separated the two varieties. Standard Manchesters belong to the Terrier Group, while Toy Manchesters belong to the Toy Group.

What are some risks for the Manchester Terrier breed?

Like all breeds, Manchester Terriers are at risk of developing health conditions during their lifetimes. If you're considering this breed, you should be aware that not all Manchesters get any or all of these diseases. Find a reputable breeder who will show you the health clearances for both your puppy's parents if you're purchasing a puppy. A health clearance proves that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

Some common health conditions seen in Manchester Terriers include:

Your Manchester needs daily exercise and mental stimulation, such as walks, runs, disc games, obedience, or agility. Even if you intend to exercise in the backyard, your Manchester may spend the time waiting at the door asking to be let back in. Manchesters are always happier when you are hanging out with them because they need human contact. You can help keep their minds busy with puzzle toys such as Buster Cubes when you're not playing with your companion.

A puppy doesn't need as much hard exercise as adult dogs, and you shouldn't run them on concrete or let them do a lot of jumping until they're about 1 year old. Future joint problems could result from stressing their still-developing skeletal system. Because Manchester Terriers are typically clean, nearly odorless, and amazingly adaptable, they are well suited to living in apartments or houses but should not live outdoors. Unlike other dogs, Manchester Terriers are not very active indoors; instead, they follow the activity level of their owners. If you're a couch potato, your Manchester will likely follow suit. If you have a pack of Manchester, they'll amuse each other and be more active indoors than if they were alone. A Manchester should have a fenced yard if it is in a single-family home.

Manchester Terriers can still get sick, no matter how hard you try to keep them healthy. As a result, you should be prepared for the things you cannot control. Our number one priority at Spot Pet Insurance is helping you give your dog a long, happy, and healthy life. Learn more about the range of well-rounded plan options we offer for your Terrier by requesting a free pet insurance quote today.