Manchester Terriers are lively, spirited, sharp-witted dogs. Although they look like small Dobermans, Manchesters are true terriers, through and through. They are extremely smart, somewhat independent and devoted to the people in their close circle. This is neither a cuddly nor a clingy breed. In fact, Manchester Terriers can be stubborn and, like most other terriers, they have a tendency to test boundaries. Manchesters can become destructive and noisy if left unattended for long periods of time. They typically get along well with children, as long as they are well-socialized with kids from an early age. Manchester Terriers are not particularly suspicious of strangers, although they can be a bit aloof and stand-offish. All in all, this is an alert, attentive breed that makes an ideal companion for city-dwellers.
Manchester Terriers are active, athletic dogs, but unlike some little breeds they typically are not neurotic or excessively busy. A healthy dose of moderate exercise should suffice to keep them happy, healthy and fit. Manchesters love to accompany their human family members on all sorts of outings, from a simple stroll around the neighborhood to a trip to the grocery store. They absolutely adore playing fetch.
Manchester Terriers are, after all, terriers. They have a pronounced stubborn streak and require a firm, kind, consistent hand in their training. They will push the limits that are set for them, which makes consistency and repetition in their training all the more important. Positive, motivational training methods get the best results with this breed, as with many others. Manchesters should be socialized from early puppyhood to ensure that they become as adaptable as possible. Training and socialization should continue throughout their lives.
Manchester Terriers are not particularly high-strung or nervous dogs. They do make good watchdogs and will surely sound an alarm when alerted to something strange or unexpected in their immediate environment. Because they are low-maintenance and easy keepers, Manchesters are ideal companions for people living in the city. They are great apartment dogs. The breed enjoys the company of children and makes a good family pet, as long as it is well-socialized from a young age. If left alone for long periods of time, Manchester Terriers can become noisy and potentially destructive. This breed retains its ratting instincts and will chase, pounce on and play with almost anything that moves. Manchesters have good appetites and tend to put on weight easily. Their diet should be monitored to prevent them from becoming obese.