Frequently Asked Questions
Is this dog a "mini-Dobe"?
Terriers are neither miniature versions of the Doberman Pinscher
nor Miniature Pinschers. In fact, if anything, Doberman
Pinschers are larger versions of the Manchester Terrier!
Manchester Terriers are cited as being one of the dogs Louis
Doberman used when he created the Doberman Pinscher in the
late-19th century. The Manchester Terrier is a very old breed
that has been used as the foundation for creation of a number of
other breeds as well.
This image shows the three possible ears types for the Standard
What is the difference between a Standard
Manchester and a Toy Manchester?
In Canada and the United States,
Manchester Terriers come in two varieties: Standard and Toy. According
to the Canadian Kennel Club's breed standards, the only differences
between the two varieties are size and ear type. The Standard Manchester
Terrier should weigh between 12 and 22 pounds while the Toy should weigh
less than 12 pounds. And while the Toy Manchester Terrier has only one
acceptable ear type (naturally erect), three ear types are acceptable
for the Standard Manchester Terrier (cropped, button, and naturally
Do they shed?
Yes, they do shed, though not
excessively. Most Manchester Terriers only "blow coat" twice a year
(spring and fall). With proper grooming, shedding is usually not a
How much grooming do they require?
Manchester Terriers are a relatively
low-maintenance breed. They should be brushed regularly (once a week)
with a rubber curry or bristle brush. This regular brushing helps get
rid of dead hair, keep the dog clean, and maintain the coat's natural
glossy shine. In addition, their toenails must be clipped regularly.
Be forewarned! As a general rule, Manchesters do not like to have
their toenails clipped. Grinding nailes rather than clipping them
can cut down some of the stress involved in this process.
What makes a better pet, a male or a female?
The sex differences in the Manchester
Terrier seem to be less pronounced than in other breeds. Both males and
females make excellent pets. There are also no noticeable sex
differences with regards to housebreaking.
Are Manchester Terriers easy to housebreak?
Manchester Terriers are relatively easy
to housebreak. As with any breed the key to housebreaking is consistency
and reward. Make sure your dog is on a consistent schedule (when they
eat, when the sleep, etc.), then, if you pay attention, you will know
approximately what time each day your dog will need to "go". Be sure to
take them to the same spot each time and then reward them for "going" in
Do they bark excessively? Are they yappy?
Manchester Terriers do bark. For many owners, this is viewed as
a positive as they warn of potential dangers. Most
Manchester Terriers do not bark excessively, however training is
key to ensuring that barking does not become a problem. With
most Manchester Terriers barking can be curbed early on or
avoided entirely by taking a few preventative steps. The most
important step is to socialize your puppy properly. Make sure
your Manchester Terrier is exposed to a wide variety of people,
animals and noises at a young age. It is especially important to
expose your Manchester Terrier to a variety of people visiting
your home and a variety of noises within the home. While
your Manchester is still a puppy, teach them that these
things are all acceptable and not to be barked at. If barking
problems begin to develop the problem can usually be dealt with
either with alternate training methods, a bark collar, or (as a
last resort) a surgical de-barking procedure.
Are they outdoor dogs?
Although Manchester Terriers are a hearty
breed, they should not be expected to live outdoors. Their lack of coat
makes them sensitive to the cold in the winter and their black colouring
makes them sensitive to overheating in the summer. This is not to
suggest that MTs do not enjoy the outdoors, simply that they should not
be expected to live outdoors year round. Manchester Terriers do best
when living indoors with their family while being allowed to exercise
and play outside.
What is their activity level? Are they
Manchester Terriers are not an overly
active dog indoors. Most MTs match their activity level to their owners
activity level. A single Manchester will usually not be overly active
indoors, however, multiple dogs living in the same household will often
play together. Outdoors MTs have an abundant amount of energy. In fact,
they make a great running companion as they have both speed and
endurance. Standard Manchester Terriers require a bit more exercise than
Toy Manchester Terriers do, usually varying between 30 minutes and 1
hour per day. Manchester Terriers enjoy a variety of activities from
playing with other dogs at the park, to playing ball, to running agility
Do they get along with other dogs? Do they
get along with other pets?
Manchester Terriers get along well with
other dogs. They also can get along with cats, provided they were raised
with them from a young age. Because MTs were designed to hunt small
rodents and vermin, however, it is inadvisable to ask them to live with
rabbits, rats, mice or other rodent pets. Their terrier instinct is
generally too strong to allow successful co-habitation with pets of this
How are they with children?
Most Manchester Terriers get along well
with children, however some breeders prefer to sell their puppies to
families with older children. If you want your dog to interact
successfully with children it is important for you to expose your MT to
a variety of children at an early age. It is also important that you
teach the children to respect the dog and to treat it properly. You
should never leave any dog with a child unattended. Even the most
trustworthy dog will often try things with a child they would never try
with an adult.
Do Manchester Terriers come in any other
|The only acceptable
colour for a Manchester Terrier is black and tan. In the
mid-1800s there was some interest in different color variations
including whites, blues and reds and these color variants began
appearing at competitions. The English White, in particular,
often displayed a number of health problems. These colour
variants are no longer bred for, are no longer acceptable, and
are considered a serious fault.