Manchester Terriers come in Standard (12 — 22 pounds) and Toy (up to 12 pounds) sizes. There are no differences in temperament between the Standard and Toy varieties. In fact, other than the size and ear styles, the two varieties share the same characteristics — they are loving, sensitive little dogs with a strong desire to chase, sniff and explore.
Manchester Terriers are delightfully perky, gentle and sensitive little dogs who will do well in active homes willing to spend plenty of time with their devoted tiny terriers.
Manchester Terriers are more responsive to their owner's wishes than typical terriers. In fact, they are somewhat reserved, quiet and gentle. They are extremely attentive and eager for affection, and they do not appreciate being neglected. When they feel neglected or abandoned, they can become nervous and busy themselves with undesirable habits, like digging and barking. Manchester Terriers have some cat-like habits. They groom themselves by licking their paws, and their movements are agile and sometimes sneaky. They also enjoy chasing down and capturing small prey while playing outdoors. If seeing your little dog's spoils left on your doorstep after a lengthy outdoor play session sounds upsetting to you, the Manchester Terrier might not be the right dog for you. They are tenacious chasers and hunters, despite their small size.
With their families, Manchester Terriers are bossy, clever and extremely loving. They view their role in the household with importance, and they love to feel needed and admired. If Manchester Terriers are not socialized with other dogs as puppies, they can become timid and submissive in new situations.
Manchester Terriers have a short, shiny black and tan coats. The black and tan colors should be deep and distinct, without bleeding into each other. Toy Manchester Terriers have naturally pricked, erect ears that should not be cropped. Standard Manchester Terriers have more interesting ears, found in a wider range of styles. Some are naturally erect, others are slightly bent "button" style ears, and some are cropped to achieve a desirable look.
Manchester Terriers need to be brushed once a week with a small rubber bristle brush or a hound glove. Brushing them will remove dead hairs and prevent matting. Even though the Manchester Terrier's coat is short, the dead hair can become caught in their coats and mat with new hair as it grows in. Regular brushing helps keep shedding to a minimum and will help manage the loose hair when the Manchester Terrier blows his coat twice a year.
With preparation, perseverance and a positive attitude, bathing can become a fun and fulfilling part of the regular grooming cycle, while helping your dog avoid many diseases and infections.
Smooth coated breeds adhere to the general rule of dog bathing: about once every three months. The coat should end up fresh smelling, shiny, with no loose or shedding hair. First give the dog a good brushing to remove dead hair and mats. Place a rubber mat in the tub to provide secure footing and fill the tub with three to four inches of lukewarm water. Use a spray hose, pitcher or unbreakable cup to wet the dog, taking caution to avoid getting water in the eyes, ears and nose. Massage in pet shampoo, saving the head for last. Immediately rinse thoroughly, starting with the head to prevent soap from dripping into the eyes. Towel dry. Wipe wrinkled breeds with a soft cloth and make sure they are totally dry after bathing.
Clipping or trimming your dog’s coat is far easier than you would ever imagine. With the right clipper, trimmer and scissors, giving your dog a haircut is easy on your wallet and your schedule.
Dogs with smooth coats generally only require trims and tidying up in areas of excessive hair growth using a trimmer or blunt scissors. It's always wise to take a dog for a short walk or exercise to calm them down before trimming. Remember to brush the coat first to remove any tangles and mats. Don't forget to trim around the paws, pads, tail, chest and sanitary areas, as needed. The coat should lay flat and smooth against the body when finished.
Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.
Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience. As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.
You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.
Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.
It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Some smooth-coated dogs, like Basenjis and Boxers, and dogs with large ears, like Weimaraners and Great Danes, have sensitive ears that should be checked weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. If you have a small dog, like an Italian Greyhound, take special care to clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes to make sure they are comfortable. Dogs with facial wrinkles, like French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, should have their faces wiped down at least weekly to prevent infection.
Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.
Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.