Lively, energetic and loud, a Manchester Terrier is a fun, sociable and loving pet. Gentle with children and great for older couples, this dog needs daily exercise and snuggles.


Known as the ‘gentleman’s terrier’ this dog was historically bred in England for hunting rats and rabbits. They are exceptional chasers and will go after anything small and moving – best not to have small animals in the house with this dog around.

Their small size aside, they have a strong personality and are independent, lively, sporty and alert. One of the more well-mannered and responsive terriers, they make a terrific companion. They love their family so much, it’s best not to leave them alone for long periods of time as they can suffer from separation anxiety. This vocal breed may also bark more when left alone so you will need to invest in a lot of toys and dog bones to keep them occupied. They are great family pets and suit young children as well as older couples. They tend to snuggle on the couch and under blankets so watch where you sit. Great guard dogs, no-one can approach your house without being announced. Manchester Terriers are not big dogs, reaching a mature height of around 34-42cms.

Fun fact: Manchester Terriers have a long lifespan,

averaging around 15 years.

Bursting with energy, they need frequent, daily and vigorous exercise or they will dig holes in your lawn. A good run at the park is vital for their health and happiness. They are best in single-pet households as they tend to chase cats, and can show signs of aggression towards dogs of the same sex. Manchester Terriers shed moderately. Maintenance is minimal, just brush weekly, bathe monthly, clean their ears and trim their nails.

Scheduled six-monthly health checks and visits to the vet are important to ensure your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. It’s important that together with your vetn a preventative healthcare program is determined and maintained based on the individual needs of your canine companion. Manchester Terriers are prone to glaucoma and a blood-clotting disease called Von Willebrand disease.


A small-sized breed weighing 5-9kgs with an average height of 34-42cms.


Manchester Terriers benefit from having access to a yard.

Energy Levels

They have high energy levels. A daily run and lots of games will keep this dog happy.

Difficulty Of Training

They are intelligent dogs and will learn quickly.

Family suitability

Great family pets and loyal companions.

Suitability to other pets

If socialised from a young age, your dog will befriend other pets, however they are best suited to a single-pet household.

Need for company

They have a high need for company and enjoy being by their human’s side at all times.

Hypoallergenic dog breed?


Coat and grooming needs

This is a low-maintenance breed. Brush their coat weekly, bathe monthly, clean their ears and trim their nails. They have a short coat in black with tan markings.  


They shed moderately.

Tendency to bark

They have a high tendency to bark.

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