Manchester Terrier

Oldest known terrier breed!

Country of Origin: England

Dog Group: Terrier dog breeds (AKC)

Origin of Name: The Manchester Terrier is the oldest known terrier breed. Developed as a rat hunter in nineteenth century Manchester, England by a man named John Hulme, it has earned the nickname of “rat terrier” because of its tenacity at catching rats and mice. It is considered to be the best vermin hunting breed. The Manchester Terrier has gone down in popularity.


A bit Low

Monthly keeping cost







Tendency to Bark:

very high

Life span: 14 to 16 years

Availability : Rare

About Manchester Terrier
Bred in Manchester, England, for the common man’s sports of rat killing and rabbit coursing, he’s got game and he loves to show it. The Manchester Terrier can be of a standard size or also comes in smaller toy varieties. Considered to be one of the most easily identifiable breeds around, the Manchester Terrier is also one of the oldest breeds around today. With smooth black hair, a long tapered nose, small bright eyes, and a flat narrow skull, this is not a large dog by any means.

The Manchester Terrier has a dual history in both England and in the United States, making it a well-traveled breed.

In England, the Manchester Terrier was first used as a way to hunt and kill all the rats that were filling up the streets in the 1800s. A man name John Hulme bred a dog by crossing a Whippet and a cross bred terrier to help the ‘sport’ of rat killing. The result was a dog that was perfectly suited for hunting and killing rats, and thus became a successful dog breed.

Also called ‘rat terriers’ in those days, the idea of breeding smaller dogs was conceived in order to keep up the sport of rat killing. But they were also used in traditional hunting to climb through grasses and thickets that the larger versions could not get through. These smaller dogs were often referred to also as the ‘Gentleman’s Terrier.’

In the United States, the Manchester Terrier was quickly inducted into the American Kennel Club shortly after the club’s inauguration.

Visits to Groomer-Low

Drooling- No

Bath- Rare

Tolerance to heat- Get a heatstroke

Tolerance to cold- Need warmth

Exercise Requirement- Lots

Under Coat-No

Colour- Black, Tan, Blue & Tan, Black & Tan, Blue

Coat Type- Smooth, Short, Glossy

Hair Length- Short

Hair Density-Dense

Manchesters are generally healthy, but like all breeds, they’re prone to certain health conditions. Not all Manchesters will get any or all of these diseases, but it’s important to be aware of them if you’re considering this breed.


Von Willebrand’s Disease

Heat Bumps

The Manchester Terrier is neither aggressive nor shy. He is keenly observant, devoted, but discerning. Not being a sparring breed, the Manchester is generally friendly with other dogs. Excessive shyness or aggressiveness should be considered a serious fault. While the Manchester Terrier is good around children and other pets.

Training & Intelligence
The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog who is eager to learn. They always displays the true terrier nature independent, faithful, lively, sporty, and alert. Discerning and devoted as well, a Manchester Terrier makes a loyal friend and a terrific watchdog. Manchester Terrier needs to begin at a young age so that they are learning exactly what their place in the family is and what is expected of them.

Litter Size – 2 to 4 puppies (approximately)

Complication in Breeding- No

Generally a dog takes around 18 months to reach his or her full height and structure. It is advisable to breed your dogs after at least two years of age. If you are a first timer at breeding then taking a vets help.

Manchester Terrier Profile


Very Friendly
Loves Humans


Not Easy to train
Intelligent breed

Litter Size


Easy to groom
Minimum grooming required



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