Other Names : Rat Terrier
Country of Origin : England
The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest breeds of terrier. John Hulme developed the breed as a rat hunter in nineteenth century in Manchester, England. It has earned the nickname of "rat terrier" because of it's tenacity at catching rats and mice. It is considered to be the best vermin hunting breed. Some people believe that the Manchester Terrier was developed by crossing Black & Tan Terrier and the Whippet, however others believe the Manchester Terrier was developed from several breeds, among them the Doberman Pinscher, and the Airedale Terrier.
The body of the Manchester Terrier is smooth, compact, and muscular. They have a long narrow tapering head. Their ears are v-shaped, semi-erect with a front flap that folds over. The eyes are small almond- shaped and dark in colour, they have black colours. Their tail is thicker at the base and tapers to a point. They have a smooth short coat of dense hair.
Feeding & Ownership
These dogs are relatively easy to feed, the main thing to remember with the Manchester Terrier is not to overfeed as they do have a tendency to become overweight.
This breed is not recommended for an inactive owner, they need a firm, confident, owner who is consistent with their dogs training. It is recommended to keep their ear passages clean to avoid ear infections and to trim their nails to keep them short. The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, powerful and agile dog, they display the true terrier nature. They are extremely lively and sporty. They thrive on attention from their owners, and can be quite a handful with they don’t have regular and consistent training. Without enough physical exercise or mental stimulation they can become bored, hyperactive, destructive, and bark excessively when alone and ignored. Puppies should be well-socialised let them meet different people and animals in a positive environment, this way they will be exposure to a variety of situations, this will avoid potential timidity as they grow up.
The short coat is easy to care for, requiring minimal grooming, a brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once every two weeks in the warmer months and bathe once a month in the colder months. It is also recommended to rub them down with a piece of towelling or chamois as this will make their coat shine.