Manchester Terrier

Country of origin: Great Britain
Registries: AKC, UKC, CKC
Occupation: Vermin hunter
Size: Toy: no height standard;
up to 12 lbs
Standard: no height standard;
12 to 22 lbs
Longevity: 12 to 14 years
Exercise: Moderate
Training: Moderate
Grooming: Easy
Colors: Black and tan

Black-and-tan terriers have been known in Britain since since the Middle Ages. In the 19th century, a Manchester breeder named John Hulme crossed them with Whippets to produce this athletic breed, which became immensely popular as the “English Gentleman’s Terrier”. It was then exported to Europe and North America. Prized as a ratter, its numbers waned with the decline of rat-baiting, and it is now rare. This terrier’s independent streak, combined with a tendency to snap first and ask questions later, make it a challenging choice.



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