About The Breed

This area of the BMTC web site will attempt to expand on the Official KC breed standard, attempting to answer the common questions around the characteristics and temperament of our amazing breed.

How do Manchester Terriers get on with other dogs and people?
As with most breeds of dog nature and nurture play an important role in the development of a dogs character. In simple terms, the way a dog is brought up can have a intense effect on its personality. A well brought up and cared for Manchester should be affectionate in the family circle, outside of this they may be reserved with strangers, making friends reservedly. Once accepted, friends are never forgotten. A properly brought up, well trained and thoroughly socialised Manchester Terrier should be no trouble with other dogs or humans

Do Manchester Terriers get on with Cats?
The Manchester Terrier can live peaceably with other animals if introduced at an early age and many people have Manchester’s and cats which live together quite happily, but if they see a cat which is not part of the family, then they may see this as something to chase.
They are an intelligent breed, who can be quick to learn, but sometimes slow to obey if confronted with something else they would rather do, such as chasing smaller animals.

Do they make good companions?
They are exceptionally loyal and responsive companions to those they consider as friends and family. The Kennel Club Breed Standard uses the verbs discerning and devoted in its description of the breed. Many owners will be able to tell you personal stories around the joy and pleasure this breed has given them. We have had dogs working as Pat Dogs and have stories of amazing heroic actions.

What a Manchester like as a family pet?
Every Manchester has its own individual character, but essentially they are sensitive, have higher than average intelligence and good memories. When brought up with children and ground rules are followed they will grow up together and be very close.

Do they make a good guard/watch dog?
The Manchester is a true terrier and as such their spirit will not let an insult or threat go by unanswered. They may not be aggressive but they are brave and loyal, they are always ready and willing to take action if they perceive a threat to themselves, their home or family. In addition, they have an impressive bark and are a bigl dog in a small dogs body.

Can they still do what they were bred for, catching rats?
The Manchester Terrier was originally a working dog that was used to catch vermin including rats and mice. They continue to have this highly developed sense of sight, smell and hearing. Given just a fleeting glimpse of a rat or rabbit, they will direct their considerable intelligence and ability to disposing of the animal they see as prey.

What is the Lifespan of the Manchester Terrier?
The British Kennel Club description of the breed identifies a lifespan in excess of 9 years. There is however, no register of deaths to the Kennel Club so this must purely be taken as a guide. Those in the breed would tell you that over 12 years can be expected and over 15 is not uncommon.