Many people think that just because they have one of the cutest dogs, there is nothing weird about it. However, there is not one breed of dog that does not have something weird or interesting about them.
When it comes to the Manchester terrier, there are indeed many interesting and weird things about them; however, it does not take away from them. One very interesting fact about the Manchester terriers is that it was not until the year 1959 that the Manchester terrier and the toy Manchester's were registered as being separate breeds of dogs; even though breeding with each other was accepted. Since then, the toy Manchester and the Manchester terrier have become one breed, the Manchester terrier with two varieties - the standard and toy.
In the past when there was a lot of breeding done between the Manchester terriers, it was only by chance that the development of the toy Manchester way introduced from the larger, which is the Manchester terrier. However, in later years it was not of chance; it was of mere selective breeding. In fact, during the Victorian years the Manchester terriers were so much over-bred and inbred, that their physical appearance had started to change. From the inbreeding, the average weight of a Manchester terrier had dropped 2 pounds.
Another very interesting fact about the Manchester terriers is many years ago, the breeders were having problems and frustrations with the shape of the ears; which as a result many breeders stopped breeding the dog altogether. Luckily, there were some breeders that kept breeding to keep the breed alive. Along with many of the breeders having trouble with the shape of the ears, the only difference between the Manchester terrier and the toy terrier is the shape; and of course the obvious sizing. Another very interesting fact about the ears of the Manchester terrier, is that the ears on the Manchester terrier may be naturally folded over, cropped or even pricked up; while the ears on the toy terrier the ears must be naturally erect.
It was in the early 1800's that John Hulme had bred a whippet and a cross bred terrier, to produce what is the Manchester terrier today, for the sole purpose of producing a tenacious animal that is suited for killing rats and rabbits. Besides the fact that they are very good at killing small rodents as well as being small, the Manchester terrier is also great as a watch/guard dog.
Just because you have a dog that has some interesting or weird things known about them, does not mean that it is a bad breed of dog to get. In fact, that should have no bearing on what you get; because the dog you choose will be a choice from your heart. You will love the dog because of its personality.