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Toy Manchester Terrier

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Toy Manchester Terrier AKC Group: Toy
Height: Male: 10 - 12 inches, Female: 8 - 11 inches
Weight: Male: 8 - 10 pounds, Female: 7 - 10 pounds
Colors: Black and tan
AKC recognized in: 1886

While just as successful in hunting rats and other vermin as its larger brother, the Toy Manchester Terrier was bred in the late 1800's to satisfy the desire for tiny. They are simply the result of selective breeding of the larger Manchester Terrier to get smaller offspring, with possibly a little Chihuahua thrown in.

When first being bred as a Toy variety, some breeders went way overboard, producing the tiniest dog possible, some even less than two pounds full grown! But with the tiny size also came fragility and poor health, so eventually the breed settled at the current size. Popular as they were back at the end of the 1800's, they are considered extremely rare today.

Initially, both the toy and standard Manchester Terriers were considered completely separate, but interbreeding breeds, but in 1959 the AKC changed this to one breed with two varieties. In the UK, Toy Manchesters are registered under the name "Black and Tan English Toy Terrier".


Toy Manchester Terrier Summary
Affection four paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level five paws
Exercise Requirements two paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals two paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements one paw
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness five paws
Protection Ability two paws
Watchdog Ability five paws

The Toy Manchester Terrier loves being the center of attention, and absolutely hates being ignored or hidden during a social gathering. It has no problem making noise to get that attention, so early training is important if you want them to be a bit less vocal.

These dogs are ideal for elderly owners living on their own, especially since they need so little room and are so easy to maintain.

In order to fully integrate it into the family with both human and canine (sometimes feline) members, an early socialization and acclimatization is necessary for pain-free housebreaking. Although very intelligent, this breed is also subject to lapses in judgment. They should be disciplined with utmost care, as harsh criticism is not taken well, and could result in the opposite of what the owner may want to achieve. Treat the Toy Manchester Terrier with fairness, and it will reciprocate in kind.

Not really stubborn but more appropriately, highly imperative, the Toy Manchester Terrier is very protective and quick to retort, snapping at the slightest provocation when agitated by strangers or other dogs.


The average lifespan of the Toy Manchester Terrier is 14 to 16 years.

While the Toy Manchester Terrier is generally a healthy dog, it is susceptable to certain health problems. These problems include:

  • Von Willebrand’s Disease - This is a blood disease that causes a deficiency in clotting glycoproteins. This disease is similar to hemophilia in humans.
  • Legg-Perthes Disease - This disease involves the degeneration of the head of the femur bone due to interruption of the blood supply to the femur. This condition can lead to arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint. Because this is an inherited condition, if a dog is diagnosed with this disease, she should not be bred.
  • Lens Luxation - The dislocation of the lens of the eye from its normal location. Depending on where the lens dislocates to, this could result in glaucoma.


The Toy Manchester Terrier requires at least a half hour of exercise each day. A lot of this exercise can be gained indoors though, if a yard is not available.

Toy Manchester Terriers can be difficult to house train. Patience, consistency, and crate training will help.

A weekly brushing will keep shedding to a minimum most of the year. Shedding does get a little worse in the fall, though. Bathing should only be done when needed.

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