Manchester Terrier Toy Puppies

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An active, intelligent, and lively breed

The Toy Manchester Terrier was bred down in size during 1920s America from the larger Manchester Terrier, whose origins are from 19th century England. They are energetic but timid around strangers

Manchester Terrier Toy At a Glance

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Manchester Terrier Toy At a Glance

  • Size: 10"-12", 8-12 lbs
  • Lifespan: 15-17 years
  • Energy Level: high
  • Coat:
  • Shedding: light
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Dog Group: Toy
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Manchester Terrier Toy Breed Guide

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  • Temperament

    The Manchester Terrier Toy is energetic, like all terriers, but very gentle and sensitive. They're playful with family but often timid around strangers.

  • Health

    Manchester Toy Terriers can suffer from patellar luxation, a condition common with smaller breeds. They can also be sensitive to anesthesia, something that is worth mentioning to the vet if they ever need surgery. They are also vulnerable to juvenile cardiomyopathy, a deadly disease that can't be found with genetic testing.

  • Activity Level

    Toy Manchester Terriers are energetic dogs with a tendency to chase smaller animals because of their history as a rat-catching breed. They'll enjoy relaxing with their owners but also love playing outside multiple times a day.

  • Grooming

    Manchester Toy Terriers are what is known as a "wash and wear" breed. They are very easy to maintain, and their coat keeps its shine with a simple wipe down with a wet cloth or hound glove. Their nails should be kept trimmed so their joints stay properly aligned.

  • Shedding

    Manchester Toy Terriers shed a fair amount year round, and a little heavier during the spring and fall.

  • Appearance

    Toy Manchester Terriers have the same characteristic black and brown coats as their bigger cousin. Unlike their cousin, however, their ears are pointed and not cropped. Their legs are long and fast, which is why they were originally bred for catching rats.

  • History

    The toy variant of the Manchester Terrier was bred in 1920s America to be smaller than their British cousins. They were classified as their own breed in 1938 but after 20 years and a decline in popularity, they were re-classified as a size division.