Toy Manchester Terrier

Toy Manchester Terrier
toy Manchester terrier standing guard

The Toy Manchester Terrier is the oldest documented terrier breed, originally developed as the premier rat hunter. The dog was extremely popular as a pet and working dog in Victorian times. For instance, a Toy Manchester named Tiny once reportedly killed 300 rats in fifty-four minutes, fifty seconds. Today, it is a rare breed in America.

The Toy Manchester Terrier is a stylish, eye-catching, black-and-tan dog. It is sleek and slightly rectangular with a graceful neck, and slightly arched back, a narrow, deep chest, and a tucked-up abdomen.

toy manchester terrier dog running in the field

The tapered whiptail is carried slightly curved but never over the back. The breed has a long, wedge-shaped head and a bright, keen expression with small, sparkling eyes. The ears on Standard Manchesters can be naturally erect, cropped, or button (erect at the base and folded over at the tip).

For competition, Toy Manchester Terriers must have naturally erect ears, broad at the base and tapered to pointed tips.

Toy Manchester Terrier Breed Facts

Energy levelWatchdog ability
Exercise requirementsProtection ability
PlayfulnessGrooming requirements
Affection levelCold tolerance
Friendliness toward dogsHeat tolerance
Friendliness toward other petsFriendliness toward strangers
Ease of training
toy manchester terrier puppy looking to get into trouble
  • POPULARITY: Uncommon
  • FAMILY: Terrier
  • AREA OF ORIGIN: England   
  • DATE OF ORIGIN: About 1860
  • ORIGINAL FUNCTION: Hunting small rodents
  • TODAY’S FUNCTION: Companion
  • OTHER NAME: English Toy Terrier, Black and Tan Toy Terrier

Activity level: Manchesters are athletic and energetic but equally enjoy comfort. These dogs require daily walks or play in a fenced yard and will contentedly curl up for a snooze afterward. Noted for their meticulous habits, they are an excellent choice for urban dog owners.

Toy Manchester Terrier Temperament

This breed is an intelligent, extremely loyal breed with a strong prey drive. Manchesters are therefore observant, alert, and always on the lookout. They make excellent watchdogs. Owners must be prepared to step in if a Manchester’s courage oversteps its proper sense. Manchester Terriers should have consistent socialization and training.


This breed only requires weekly brushing

Coat: Short, sleek, close-fitting, and dense

Color: Black and tan


  • MINOR CONCERNS: vWD, cardiomyopathy
  • SUGGESTED TESTS: eye, hip, DNA for vWD
  • LIFE SPAN: 14—16 years
  • WEIGHT: under 12 pounds (usually 6—8 pounds)
  • HEIGHT: 10—12 inches

Toy Manchester Terrier Buyer’s Guide and Advice

This breed is scarce; approximately 450 Manchesters get registered each year. Join a discussion forum to learn more about the dog.

Parent club: American Manchester Terrier Club; founded in 1923

Rescue: For information, click on “Rescue” on the club’s home page

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