Toy Manchester Terrier
Toy Manchester Terriers are the smaller version of the Standard Manchester Terrier. Like their larger counterparts, these dogs are energetic, intelligent, and alert. They're also loyal, loving, and protective of family and territory.
Toy Manchester Terrier History
Hailing from 19th-century Manchester, England, the standard Manchester Terrier was bred to hunt rats and rabbits. And when Victorian women wanted a smaller companion, breeders created the Toy Manchester Terrier by breeding the smallest Standard Manchesters together.
Registered as separate breeds until 1959, the Standard Manchester and the Toy Manchester are now considered two varieties of the same breed. However, the American Kennel Club groups the two varieties separately: the Standard Manchester is part of the terrier group while the Toy belongs to the toy group.
Toy Manchester Terrier Traits
The Toy Manchester Terrier has a sleek, speedy, and graceful build.
Coat and Coloring
The coat of the Toy Manchester Terrier is jet black and rich mahogany tan. The tan markings are on similar locations on every Toy Manchester Terrier.
Distinctive Physical Traits
A long and wedge-shaped head and characteristic tan spots above the eyes are distinctive features of Toy Manchester Terriers.
Toy Manchester Terrier Temperament
High-spirited, smart, and eager to learn, Toy Manchester Terriers have a true terrier nature. Though good with other pets and children, they may be wary around strangers, and they sometimes attempt to hunt other small animals.
Plenty of early socialization with people and animals will work wonders for this breed.
Toy Manchester Terriers are affectionate and loving to their family, but they're also very protective of their people and territory. For this reason, they make good watchdogs.
Toy Manchester Terrier Care
Toy Manchester Terriers need high-quality food appropriate for their age and size. It's important to monitor how much your Toy Manchester Terrier eats and reduce portions if your pup gains weight. Also, remember that giving too many treats in addition to regular meals can contribute to obesity.
Grooming is no chore with the Toy Manchester Terrier! An occasional bath and a weekly wipe with a hound glove or damp towel are all that it takes to keep this breed looking its best.
Monthly nail trims and regular ear checks to clear wax buildup or debris should also be an integral part of any grooming routine.
Needing only moderate amounts of exercise, Toy Manchester Terriers enjoy daily strolls or jogs, and they jump at the chance to play outside. But this breed also doesn't mind little downtime on the couch—snuggling with its people.
Toy Manchester Terriers excel at dog sports, such as earthdog trials, lure coursing, agility, tracking, flyball, and both rally and competitive obedience.
Though Toy Manchester Terriers are eager to please, they do have a stubborn streak. You can overcome this with reward-based obedience training using motivational tools—such as tasty treats and favorite toys.
Starting from an early age, training should be firm, gentle, and consistent. And be sure to include early socialization to help your Toy Manchester Terrier be more comfortable around strangers and other animals.
Toy Manchester Terrier Genetic Health Conditions
Xanthinuria (Discovered in the Toy Manchester Terrier)
Xanthinuria can cause formation of stones throughout the upper and lower urinary tracts, including the urethra, bladder, ureters, and kidneys. These stones can result in pain, bloody urine, infection and blockage of the urinary tract.
von Willebrand's Disease, type 1
von Willebrand's Disease (vWD) type 1 is a clotting disorder that usually causes mild bleeding tendencies in affected dogs though some may have more severe signs. The low level of von Willebrand's factor impacts the bloods clotting ability.
Knowing if your Toy Manchester Terrier is a carrier or at-risk for these conditions can help you and your veterinarian plan for your pup’s lifelong care. With Wisdom Panel™ Premium, you can get results for over 200 genetic health tests.
Reviewed July 26, 2020 by Cindy Elston, DVM, MPH