I am I because my little dog knows me. – Gertrude Stein
One of the oldest of the terriers, the British Black and Tan Terrier, is believed to be the ancestor of today’s Manchester Terrier. This sleek, agile and powerful dog was originally bred to control vermin such as rats and rabbits on the farm.
He was also used in blood sports that are now illegal. The most famous Manchester Terrier is “Billy” who apparently killed 100 rats in only 6 minutes and 13 seconds.
This terrier can stand up to 16 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 12 and 22 lbs. He is sleek and smooth coated with cropped (pointed) or naturally folded ears. The coat is shiny black with tan mahogany markings. An easy-care dog whose grooming needs are minimal, today he is a beloved companion and good watchdog.
Photos displayed courtesy of Sandy Cunniff, Moonshadows, Ontario
As a true terrier, the Manchester Terrier is lively, inquisitive, alert and curious. However, he is less aggressive than other terriers and should be amicable to both humans and other dogs. Manchester Terriers are very intelligent and enjoy obedience training, agility, and other activities.
Despite his small size, this dog has lots of energy and needs regular exercise. He can live in an apartment if he has daily walks.
He should be socialized to other animals and people from a young age. Like many smaller dogs, he may not be totally comfortable around very young children.