Welcome to the home of the American Manchester Terrier Club or “AMTC”. We are the National parent club for the Manchester Terrier in the United States under the AKC. The Manchester Terrier is one Breed with Two varieties “Toy” and “Standard”.The AMTC is dedicated to promoting and protecting this breed through its objectives of encouraging responsible breeding and ownership of Manchester’s. The AMTC will do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsman like competition at shows and trials.
We encourage everyone to do research no matter what breed your interested in. It is our hope that the information found on this site will help you make an informed decision. Whether you are looking for a new show prospect, a companion, performance dog, or just wanting to further your education and understanding of the Manchester Terrier, the AMTC website has the resource’s and information to help aide in your quest. Read below what AKC judge Rod Herner wrote about the breed.
"The Manchester Terrier is the oldest identifiable Terrier breed, having been traced back to the late 1570s , and was then known as the Black and Tan Terrier. By the early 1800s, the Black and Tan Terrier was cross bred to the Whippet to produce a breed that was not only a proficient rodent killer, but also a very capable game courser. The breed was renamed the Manchester Terrier as the Manchester district of England became the breed center.
The Manchester Terrier is recognized by the American Kennel Club in two varieties - The Toy, weighing up to 12 pounds and the Standard, weighing over 12 pounds and up 22 pounds.
This sleek, yet sturdy breed with it's smooth, compact body, black glossy coat and distinctive rich mahogany markings, presents an elegant appearance.
A highly intelligent breed, the Manchester Terrier is capable of excelling in many tasks. The breed does well in obedience trials, agility trials, rally exhibitions, and go to ground events. They have even been known to achieve herding degrees!
The Manchester Terrier is very observant and makes an excellent family pet. As they are a real joy to live with, you may become addicted to the breed and find that one is never enough."