Breed Organization American Manchester Terrier Club Website: www.americanmanchester.org Native Country Great Britain Other Names American Toy Manchester Terrier, Toy Manchester Terrier, Black and Tan Toy Terrier Life Expectancy Approximately 13-16 Years Litter Size Average 3-5 Puppies Breed Group AKC Toy
Breed Appearance The Toy Manchester Terrier in North America is
a small, long legged dog with a short coat marked with tan, a long
tail and ears which stand upright. In color and general conformation
the Toy Manchester Terrier follows the standard for the Manchester
Terrier. However, the Toy Manchester Terrier cannot exceed 12 pounds
(5.4 kg) in weight; and, unlike the larger Manchester Terrier, for
the Toy Manchester Terrier, cropped ears are a disqualification.
Ears should be wide at the base and pointed at the tip.
Breed Description Head: Long. Narrow, flat skull. Slight
stop. Muzzle tapers slightly toward the nose. Strong jaws. Ears: Long and erect. Wider at the base and tapering toward the
slightly pointed tip. Set well up on the skull and relatively close
together. Eyes: Small, almond, set obliquely in the skull. Dark to black
color. Body: Compact. Long, graceful, slightly arched neck. Straight,
deep chest. Tail: Set low. Thick at the root and tapering to a point, not
reaching beyond the hocks. Hair: Short, dense, thick. Coat: Black and tan (black with tan markings). Jet black and
rich mahogany tan. Clear, well defined lines of color. Tan markings
on the muzzle, lower jaw, throat, and front of forelegs. Tan spot
above each eye and on each cheek. Size: 25 to 30 cm. Weight: 2.7 to 3.6 kg.
History The Toy Manchester Terrier was bred from small
Manchester Terriers, creating a diminutive version of the original.
The breed was decreased in size even more in the nineteenth century,
when it was fashionable for women to tuck toy dogs in their sleeves.
Beginning in the twentieth century, breeders returned to the more
robust, stronger, miniature.
Behavior This energetic, lively, hardy little dog has a
true terrier personality. He is a cheerful, affectionate companion.
Wary of strangers, he also guards the home, raising the alarm with
his shrill bark. Firm training is needed.
Health Sensitivity to the sun, cold and damp weather,
deterioration of the ball of hip, possible skin ailments, fractures,
slipped stifle, glaucoma, and von Willebrand's disease.
Advice This breed is well suited to indoor living. The
Toy Manchester Terrier needs little exercise. Daily brushing is