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Manchester Terrier

General Description

The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog who is eager to learn. He 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.

General Health

Although it does not suffer from any major health issues, the Manchester Terrier may be susceptible to minor problems like von Willebrand's Disease (vWD), hypothyroidism, and cardiomyopathy. Some other common health concerns include patellar luxation, Legg-Perthes disease, and progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

Hereditary Illnesses

They include an inherited bleeding disorder called von Willebrand's disease, a heart condition called juvenile cardiomyopathy (Toy Manchester Terriers), autoimmune hypothyroidism, patellar luxation, Legg-Calve-Perthes disease (Toy Manchesters), and eye problems such as glaucoma and cataracts.


Exercise. Your Manchester Terrier has big exercise needs — a minimum of half an hour each day — which includes walks, runs, disc games, obedience or agility. They will want to do their exercising with you, so leaving them alone in the backyard to exercise does not count! When out for walks, they should be on a lead.


When it comes to grooming, the Manchester Terrier is an easy keeper. Though the breed is naturally clean with little doggie odor, a bath every three months (or when he gets dirty) in a mild shampoo is a good idea. Brush his sleek coat with a natural bristle brush.


Manchester terrier, breed of dog developed in England from the whippet, a racing dog, and the black-and-tan terrier, a valued ratter, to combine the talents of each. In 1860 the breed was named after the city of Manchester, a breeding centre, but it was often called the black-and-tan terrier until the 1920s.


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