Canis ISSN: 2398-2942

Manchester Terrier

Synonym(s): Black and Tan Terrier


General information

  • Descended from black and tan ratting terriers of 19th century, used in rat pits of that time.
  • When the cropped-ears tradition was banned in the UK in 1898, the breed lost much of its support, but cropping has remained optional in the US.
  • Today's Manchester Terriers may have naturally erect ears, cropped ears or button ears.
  • Typically wary of strangers but a devoted house dog.
  • Tend to gray as it matures.

Biological Data

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Further Reading


Refereed papers

Other sources of information


  • Visit the American Kennel Club website to search for details of AKC-recognized breed clubs: