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Manchester Terrier

Breed Characteristics

Sleek, quick. Good watchdog. Some individuals may be shy. Usually quiet, although some poorly breed individuals can be non-stop barkers. Cannot handle cold.

Is the Manchester Terrier approved as a pet in a Singapore HDB flat?



England, 1500s.

Original Purpose

Ratting; coursing rabbits.

Behaviour and Temperament

Independent, companionable.

What are some Physical Features of the Manchester Terrier?

The Manchester Terrier stands up to 40.5cm; and weighs between 5.5kg and 10kg. Colour is black with mahogany or tan points.

Coat Type and Recommended Grooming

Short, smooth, glossy. Low maintenance; this breed is so clean it has been called “catlike.” Low to average seasonal shedding.

Life Expectancy of the Manchester Terrier

15 to 17 years; some have been known to live more than 20 years.

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Health Concerns

Legg-Perthes, PRA, von Willebrand’s.

Exercise Needs



Suited for apartment life and urban areas.


Bonds to whole family. Good with gentle children; may be overprotective; some can be snappish. Can be shy or reserved with strangers. Good with other dogs, especially other Manchester Terriers; most chase cats and smaller pets.


Average to high; responds better than many terriers.

Recommended Activities

Earthdog trials, obedience, agility.