Manchester Terrier
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Manchester Terrier

FCI Group

The Manchester Terrier belongs to the Terriers in the FCI grouping.

AKC Group

The Manchester Terrier is classified under the Terrier group in the AKC grouping.

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



England, 1500s.

Original Purpose

Ratting; coursing rabbits.

Behaviour and Temperament

Independent, companionable.

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.

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

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

The Oldest Manchester Terrier in the Community

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Health Concerns

Legg-Perthes, PRA, von Willebrand’s.




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.

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