Manchester Toy Terrier

Manchester Toy Terrier

Last updated: Sep 04 2023

Manchester Toy Terrier is an intelligent and agile dog that is a miniature version of the standard Manchester Terrier. These dogs got their name after the English City – of Manchester, as this breed was developed there. These are graceful dogs that possess the instincts and are fearless of a Rat terrier.

Many people say that they resemble a miniature Doberman Pinscher. Manchester Toy Terrier is a well-mannered dog with excellent hunting ability.

FUN FACT: The toy version differs from the standard version only in size and ear shape.

Manchester Toy Terrier


10-12 in (25-30 cm)

Manchester Toy Terrier


<12 lb (<5,5 kg)

Manchester Toy Terrier



Manchester Toy Terrier

Life Expectancy:

15-17 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Manchester Toy Terriers are low-maintenance dogs. They have a short coat that comes only in black and tan color. Brush once a week with a soft brush will be enough to keep the hair healthy and shiny. These dogs shed but with regular brushing, you can keep the amount of hair under control.

Twice a year, they will shed heavily – during shedding seasons.

Brush their teeth at least three times a week to prevent tartar buildup and infections. Ensure you use products that are made especially for dogs, as human products could potentially harm them. Trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.

A good indication is if you can hear them clicking on the floor while they walk. Clean their ears and check for signs of redness or infections. Use a cotton cloth and never insert anything in their ear canal. You can always check with your Vet about the products you should use and the proper technique.

Manchester Toy Terrier Exercise

Manchester Toy Terriers are active dogs, and like most terrier dogs, they require a decent amount of daily activities to be happy and healthy. Long walks, chasing balls, and playing with other canines can all do the trick. These dogs also excel at canine sports such as agility, rallying, and obedience.

They are best suited for active families who love to spend their time outdoors. If you provide them with enough activities, your dog will be happy and will gladly spend time with you on the sofa relaxing.

FUN FACT: If they are left alone for a longer period of time, this dog can start to bark excessively.


Like any other dog breed, even Manchester Toy Terriers require early socialization. It is essential to secure that your dog doesn’t become shy or aggressive. Expose your dog to many different people, dogs, sights, and situations to secure a well-rounded dog.

They can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.

Manchester Toy terriers are eager to please, and they respond best to positive training methods. Try using a lot of praises and traits for the best results. With harsh training methods, you will not get anything done.

Manchester Toy Terriers and kids

Manchester Toy Terriers are family-oriented dogs, and they thrive on human contact. These dogs enjoy spending time with children and will be their great playing partners. Since this is a tiny dog, you must be very careful when you let your kids play with the dog because they could easily hurt the dog. You should teach your kids not to squeeze him or pull the dog's ears.

Manchester Toy Terriers and other animals

Manchester Toy Terriers can live with other canines, especially if they are raised together from a young age. With other animals, especially smaller such as rats or hamsters, these dogs cannot live together because of their high prey drive. All smaller animals would be in danger around this dog.


Manchester Toy Terriers are dogs with a life expectancy of 15-17 years. They are, like any other dog breed, prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog, never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store.

Manchester Toy Terriers can suffer from the following:

  • Glaucoma – when the pressure in the eye becomes abnormally high
  • Patellar luxation
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Breast cancer and pyometra – in female dogs that are spayed


When getting a dog, the most important thing is to get it from a responsible and reputable Manchester Toy Terrier breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective, and getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well.

You must find a good Manchester Toy Terrier breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

These dogs can mostly be found in the US since they are not recognized by the FCI and The Kennel Club, so there aren’t many breeders in Europe.

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.

World Dog Finder team


Updated at04.09.2023.

Breed History

In the mud 1800s, hunting rabbits and rat killing was extremely popular and wanted. Breeders wanted to create a dog who could do both jobs, and so they crossed Black and Tan Terriers with the Whippets and thus created Manchester Terrier.

This dog experienced a peek during the Victorian Era. The standard version was very popular among gentlemen, but Victorian women wanted a smaller version, so the smaller version was created.

This is considered the same breed from 1959, but they are separated into two different groups. The smaller version belongs to the Toy group, while the Standard Manchester terriers belong to the Terrier group.

FUN FACT: Manchester Toy Terrier was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1886.