Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Manchester Terrier hails from Manchester, England. In the mid-19th century, sports like rabbit coursing and rat killing were popular, and an enterprising enthusiast named John Hulme hoped to breed a dog that excelled at both. By crossing a famous rat-killing terrier with a Whippet, he produced the forebears of the Manchester Terrier.
Prior to 1959, the breed was actually recognized as two breeds here in the United States. The Toy Manchester Terrier was a smaller version, and topped out at 12 lbs. The Standard Manchester Terrier was the larger of the two breeds, weighing in between 12 and 22 lbs. In 1959, however, the breeds were merged into one.
The Manchester Terrier is a very intelligent dog with a typical terrier attitude – that is to say, he can be quite feisty and stubborn, and care and consistency is needed when training. He is a good dog for families, as he is loyal and forms close bonds with all family members. Manchesters require moderate amounts of exercise and benefit from adequate mental stimulation as well. Their short, smooth coats need little upkeep.
Tough terriers though they are, Manchester Terriers are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Manchester Terriers are prone to include eye conditions such as lens luxation and cataracts; blood diseases such as von Willebrand Disease; hip problems such as Legg-Calves-Perthes disease; and skin conditions such as pattern baldness.
Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Manchester Terrier inherits more than just a feisty demeanor, you’re covered.