The lively Manchester Terrier is an agile, compact dog originally bred to hunt rats. Sturdy yet elegant, the breed has two size varieties: Toy and Standard. He is loyal, courageous and alert, making him an excellent companion and watchdog. This intelligent, charming dog can be quite energetic, so moderate exercise on a leash is important. The sleek coat of the Manchester Terrier requires minimal grooming.
The Toy and Standard Manchester Terriers have the same characteristics except for size and ear shape. The Standard’s ears can be upright, cropped or button (folded over), while the Toy’s ears remain erect. Developed by John Hulme in Manchester, England, in the 1800s, the Manchester Terrier is a cross between the Whippet and the Black and Tan Terrier, the oldest-known terrier breed.