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Toy Manchester Terrier

Nobody can fully understand the meaning of love unless he’s owned a dog. – Gene Hill

Toy Manchester Terrier puppy Canada

“Bree”

The Toy Manchester Terrier shares the same heritage as his larger cousin, the Manchester Terrier. Both are descendants of one of the oldest of the terriers, the British Black and Tan Terrier who dates back some 400 years.

This sleek little dog was originally bred to control rats and proved to be a master in his field. In fact, in 1848 one dog’s owner bet his dog could kill 300 rats in three hours. At the Queen’s Hotel Tavern in London, it took “Tiny The Wonder” just 54 minutes and 50 seconds to dispatch the lot, earning him a place in the record books as the most famous and accomplished Toy Manchester Terrier of all time! 

The Toy Manchester Terrier can stand up to 12 inches (30.5 cm) at the shoulder and weighs up to 12 pounds (5.5 kg). He is sleek and smooth coated with naturally erect ears. His coat is glossy black with tan mahogany markings.

His small size and lack of heavy protective fur make him sensitive to extremes of heat and cold. An easy-care dog whose grooming needs are minimal, the Toy Manchester Terrier today is a beloved companion and good watchdog.

Photos displayed courtesy of Susan Allen, Lilysbullies, Ontario

As a true terrier, the Toy Manchester Terrier is lively, inquisitive, alert and curious. Despite his small size, the Toy Manchester Terrier has lots of energy and needs regular exercise. He can live in an apartment if he has daily walks.

Devoted and faithful to his owner, the Toy Manchester Terrier tends to be a one-person dog. He loves to be with his people and does not like living in a kennel. He enjoys the comforts of home! Careful getting into bed! He’s might be curled up under the covers!

He makes a good watch dog as he is aloof and wary with strangers. He can be a little over enthusiastic in this department which can lead him to excessive barking. Early training is needed to curb this tendency.

As an intelligent dog and a fast learner, he will benefit from early obedience training. He should also be socialized as a puppy to other animals or he may become overly aggressive with other pets. Like many smaller dogs, he may be intolerant of the roughhousing of very young children.

Toy Manchester Terrier Adult Canada

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