Toy Manchester Terrier Dog Breed

The Toy Manchester Terrier is one of the most sensitive and gentle breeds, but its terrier nature is strong and it may be likely to chase other smaller pets.
By: PawCulture Editors
Toy Manchester Terrier Dog Breed

About This Breed

The Toy Manchester Terrier is a spunky little ball of energy whose mischievous nature and sharp wit lend to its playfulness. Owners of this breed require not only stamina but patience; in return, they are rewarded by the companionship of these spritely pups.

Physical Characteristics

The Toy Manchester Terrier is described as a miniature form of the standard Manchester, with an alert and eager expression. Its racy, sleek, and compact body is long in proportion to its height, with an arched topline. The dog’s gait is effortless and free. 

COLOR(S)

The breed is black and tan in color.

COAT

Short, smooth and shiny.

Personality and Temperament

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

POSITIVES

The Toy Manchester is generally playful with the members of its human family and can at times be reserved or timid with unknown people, making it an effective watchdog.

THINGS TO CONSIDER

The Toy Manchester is one of the most sensitive and gentle breeds, but in terms of hunting instincts and aggressiveness, it shows its real terrier nature and may chase small pets.

Care

IDEAL LIVING CONDITIONS

This indoor dog hates cold weather, but enjoys the occasional outdoor romp. The dog should also be provided with a soft, warm bed.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Coat care for the Toy Manchester is minimal, involving just the occasional brushing.

Health

The Toy Manchester Terrier, which has an average lifespan of 14 to 16 years, may sometimes suffer from hypothyroidismLegg-Perthes disease, deafness, patellar luxation, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA). It is also prone to some minor troubles like von Willebrand’s disease (vWD) and cardiomyopathy, or diseases of the heart muscle. Eye, hip, and DNA tests for vWD are suggested for this breed.

History and Background

The Black and Tan Terrier, one of the best-known dogs in England, was appreciated for its ability to kill rats in the 16th century. These dogs were valued both for their quality to keep homes free of vermin and for the purpose of entertainment. People also laid bets on the number of rats a dog could kill in a given amount of time. Numerous workers in Manchester, England were fond of dog-racing contests and rat-killing contests.

In the mid-1800s, a cross between the Whippet racer and the Black and Tan Terrier resulted in a dog named the Manchester Terrier. Although the Manchester Terrier and its Black and Tan Terrier ancestors were sometimes considered to be the same breed, it wasn’t until 1923 that the name Manchester Terrier was officially used.

During its development, the Manchester was crossed with many other breeds, including the Italian Greyhound. The toy variety of the breed has existed as early as 1881.

As the demand for smaller dogs was high in the 19th century, inbreeding was practiced to produce smaller versions of the breed, but this resulted in very delicate dogs. To combat this problem, breeders attempted to produce a miniature version instead of a very small one. This ultimately resulted in the Toy Manchester Terrier or the English Toy Terrier.

Early on, the American Kennel Club (AKC) regarded the Toy Manchester and Manchester as different but inter-breeding breeds. But in 1959, the AKC adjusted the Manchester standard to include both inter-breeding varieties as one breed. The Toy Manchester is differentiated by its diminutive size and cropped ears.