It was created by the breeder John Hulme, at the end of the 18th Century by crossbreeding the Highland Terrier with the Whippet. It was developed in the region around the city of Manchester, hence the name.
It is a small-sized, elegant, handsome dog, with a short body, like a miniature Doberman Pinscher. The head is long and narrow with a conical, black nose, the same size as the skull. The eyes are small and black. The ears are small, triangular, wider at the base, with pointed tips which it can keep raised or drooping. The tail is wider at the base and pointy at the tip, kept slightly raised but not on its back. The fur is short, straight, glossy and soft. The most common combination of colours is black with brown on the eyebrows, muzzle, the lower part of the legs, under the tail, on the chest and inside the ears.
This dog is intelligent, daring, eager to learn, lively, alert, vigilant and brave, it barks only in case of danger. It is loving and devoted to the family, but careful with strangers. It gets along well with children. It likes to dig as all terriers do and can be aggressive with small-sized domestic animals if it hasn't been socialized from an early age.
The fur does not require too much care. During the shedding period one may remove dead hairs with a rubber brush.
This dog can adapt to the living conditions offered: whether outdoors or indoors, it needs daily exercise, running and playing. One doesn't need too much experience in raising dogs. It needs socialization and training.
It is an easy dog to train that learns fast and is eager to please its master. The training must be consistent, gentle and varied. They perform well in canine sports such as: flyball, speed racing and even in training exercises.
It is a good fox, badger and rat hunter. It is a devoted companion dog.