The Toy Manchester Terrier

The Toy Manchester Terrier

By Sandra Oberreuter

The Toy Manchester Terrier is also called the “Black and Tan Toy Terrier” and the “English Toy Terrier.”

This sturdy little dog is highly intelligent and loves human companionship. He loves to be petted! He usually attaches himself firmly with his family.

He is well balanced, elegant and sleek looking. He have a long, graceful and compact body. His neck is graceful with a black nose, dark to black, small, almond shaped eyes and high ears that are at the back of his skull which are proportionated and close together.

His coat is thick, close and smooth which gives him a glossy appearance. He is black and tan while the tan is predominately on his lower legs and nuzzle. As he ages the black stretches into the areas that are tan.

Weight: 6-8 pounds
Height: 10-12 inches
Life Span: 14-16 years

CHARACTERTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

Highly Intelligent

Cunning

Alert

Devoted

Courageous

The Toy Manchester Terrier is easily trained but requires a firm hand and early socialization.

They make great family dogs if you don’t have small children as like most toy breeds he can be hurt easily. They are a good choice for the elderly because they don’t need much exercise or grooming. They make a good watch dos but of course not a guard dog.

GROOMING

They only acquire occasional brushing and a bath when necessary.

HEALTH PROBLEMS

Slipped stifle

Deteriorative of ball of hip

Sensitive to sun, cold and damp weather

HISTORY

Their nickname is “rat terrier”. They got this name because they had a reputation for controlling the rat population in England. They are one of the oldest English breeds dating back to the 15th Century. They are descended from Old English Black and Tan Terrier. They are a smaller version of a Manchester Terrier. They became popular in the reign of Queen Victoria.

They are known as the Toy Manchester Terrier in Canada and the United States. They were recognized by the ADC in 2000.

There is normally a waiting list to get a Toy Manchester Terrier and they cost between $350.00 and $450.00.

Sandy has a web site on small dog breeds that has articles that include choosing a puppy, bringing puppy home, dogs good with children and seniors, most popular dogs, choosing a breeder and vet, dog day care and much more.

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