- SIZE: 1
- GROOMING:: 5
- EXERCISE NEEDS: 6
- GOOD WITH DOGS: 1
- WATCHDOG: 7
- BREED: Manchester Terrier
- COLOR(S):Black and tan.
Once known as the Black and Tan Terrier, the Manchester Terrier originates from England, and enjoys a long history dating back several hundred years. Developed as a rat catcher and vermin hunter, this breed has become a popular companion dog and family pet. The breed was registered with the AKC in 1886.
The Manchester Terrier is an alert, inquisitive, and enthusiastic breed. These intelligent dogs are quick to learn, are agile, and have plenty of stamina, which can aid training. However, because of their independent streak, their determination, and their sensitivity they are best suited to owners that have some experience of dog ownership. Some can also be very possessive of their food and belongings. Because of his inquisitive nature and his tendency to chase things you should ensure that he is kept on a leash when out in public, and that he has a play area that is safe and totally secured.
Grooming requirements for the Manchester Terrier are low, and occasional brushing and a wipe down with a damp cloth will help to keep the sleek coat shiny and in good condition. These dogs are fairly low shedders on a seasonal basis, and may prove suitable for some allergy sufferers.
The life expectancy of the Manchester Terrier is around 15-18 years, and there are a number of health problems relating to the breed, although by and large this is a fairly healthy and hardy breed. Some of the problems to look out for include thyroid problems, seizures, vWD, Legg Perthes, and PRA. Also, take into consideration his tendency to gain weight easily, and also his sensitivity to extreme temperatures. Parents of the Manchester Terrier puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.
The Manchester Terrier is a lively dog with plenty of energy, and does need regular exercise. These dogs are best suited to families that are active and have time to devote to a pet, as he does need interaction, activity, and attention.
Early socialization is important in order to ensure that your Manchester Terrier develops a stable temperament. These dogs get along well with children that they have been brought up with, and with gentle, considerate kids. He will normally be wary around strangers, and his protective streak and tendency to bark makes him a good watchdog. These dogs can get along with other dogs, but can be serious chasers of smaller animals such as rodents. They will normally fight back if challenged, and can be dog aggressive with other adults of the same sex. The Manchester Terrier will be close to his family, but does tend to be closer to one particular person. Although these dogs do love to play and exercise, they also enjoy their comforts, and like to snuggle up in comfortable places.