Characteristics of a Chihuahua-Manchester terrier mix involve both appearance and temperament. The two breeds have certain qualities in common, as the tiny Chihuahua is somewhat terrier-like in personality, and both are territorial. It's possible they share some genetic background, as the Manchester terrier might have contributed to the development of the modern Chihuahua. For the crossbreed, much depends on which parent a particular dog takes after, along with the size of the Manchester terrier involved. Your mixed breed friend might share your life until he's well into his teens.
Chihuahua-Manchester Terrier Appearance
The Chihuahua is the smallest of all dog breeds, with a breed standard that doesn't permit dogs to weigh more than 6 pounds at maturity. The Manchester terriers comes in two sizes -- toy and standard -- so the size of a Chi-Manchester terrier depends on the measurements of the latter parent. Toy Manchester terriers can't exceed 12 pounds, while standard Manchester terriers weigh between 12 and 22 pounds when full grown.
While Chis can appear in any color, Manchester terriers are black with tan points on the cheeks, over the eyes, muzzle, beneath the throat, on the chest atop both front legs, lower front legs, inner hind legs, beneath the tail and around the anus. Unless the Chi parent had long hair, this mixed breed should sport a short coat.
Chihuahua-Manchester Terrier Temperament
As his name indicates, the Manchester terrier hails from England, where he was bred to kill vermin. It's possible there was some crossing with the Chi in the 19th century to develop a smaller Manchester terrier. Like most terriers, the Manchester is lively and enjoys digging. The Chihuahua, a Mexican native, is strictly a companion dog who often prefers the company of one particular person.
Both breeds make good watchdogs. While Chis aren't a good choice for kids, that may not be true of this hybrid canine. Chis are often hyperactive, but that's not the case with the Manchester terrier.
Training and Exercise
This mix benefits from the Manchester terrier's ease of training -- not always a characteristic of the Chihuahua. While the Chi is often hard to housebreak, that shouldn't be an issue with your Chi-Manchester blend. However, the Manchester terrier's innate desire to hunt small prey means you should always take your dog out on a leash and not let him run loose. The Chi is less active than the Manchester terrier, but this combination should give you a good companion who needs a normal, not excessive, amount of daily exercise.
Both Chihuahuas and toy Manchester terriers are vulnerable to health issues affecting other small breeds. This includes slipped kneecaps, or luxating patellas, tracheal collapse and dental disease. Manchester terriers are prone to eye disorders, including cataracts or glaucoma, and eye problems also occur in Chis.
Manchester terriers may inherit von Willebrand's disease, a bleeding irregularity similar to hemophilia in people. Hypothyroidism, or lack of sufficient thyroid hormone production, often occurs in older Manchester terriers. Chihuahuas often suffer from heart and neurological ailments. While you can't control your dog's genetic inheritance, you can control his weight. Make sure your mixed breed pal stays at a healthy weight and doesn't become obese, a frequent issue in small breed dogs.