The Toy Manchester Terrier is a miniature version of the standard Manchester. As such this breed is sleek, racy, and compact. Slightly longer than tall, this dog has a slightly arched topline and a free and effortless gait. The dog has a keen and alert expression, and a smooth and glossy coat.
One of the preeminent dogs of sixteenth century England was the Black and Tan Terrier. The Black and Tan Terrier, a ratter, and the Whippet, a racer, were crossed, and the result was the dog known since about 1860 as the Manchester Terrier. Other breeds have probably been intermingled with the Manchester during its development, most notably the Italian Greyhound. This may account for the breed’s wide size range. An early standard of 1881 described the existence of a toy variety even then. The AKC initially considered the Manchester and Toy Manchester separate but interbreeding breeds. In 1959, they were changed to be two interbreeding varieties of one breed. Cropped ears are not allowed in showing of Toy Manchester Terriers. The breed is also known as the English Toy Terrier.
Although true to its terrier heritage when it comes to scrappiness, the Toy Manchester is among the gentlest and most sensitive of breeds. The dog is playful with its family, yet reserved, sometimes even timid, with strangers. The Toy Manchester Terrier is inquisitive and the dog’s tendency to chase small animals should be kept in mind during outdoor exercise or with other household pets.
The Toy Manchester enjoys a romp outdoors, but it hates the cold. Indoors, this dog appreciates a soft, warm bed. Coat care is minimal, consisting of occasional brushing to remove dead hair.