Origin: United Kingdom (England)
Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 16-17 years
Weight: Male: 7-10, Female: 5-9
Height: Male: 15-16, Female: 14-15
Origin of Name: The Manchester Terrier is a breed of dog of the smooth-haired terrier type.
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Long before it became famous for the football team in Manchester, it was a center for England's booming textile trade. The local mill workers of the mid-1800s had two favorite sports: hunting rabbits with a small hive, and a rebellious tendency to kill rats (loosening a terrier in a rat pit and betting on the consequences). Breeders worked towards a two-in-one dog to excel in both. He crossed a popular ratter called Black and Tan Terrier with Whippets; The result was a different Manchester type of terrier.
By 1959, Standard Manchester and Toy Manchester were registered as separate breeds, although interbreeding was permitted. Since then, the two breeds have combined a single breed, the Manchester Terrier, with two varieties: The Toy and Standard. However, AKC has kept the two varieties separately. Standard Manchester belongs to the Terrier Group while the Toy belongs to the Toy Group.