The Manchester Terrier offers a half way alternative. With an attractive black and tan, as its German competition, it is a medium sized Terrier, with a strong gaze, who doesn’t fight with other dogs
The Manchester Terrier should weigh more than 6 kg, but less than 11; in general it is somewhat longer than tall (stands from 38 to 41 cm) and has enough bone and muscles to guarantee agility and resistance. Invariably. The Manchester is a short haired dog, black and tan, with a smart and alert expression. The eyes are small, dark  and shiny, almond shaped, not prominent; the ears are small and “V” shaped; they drop flat on the head, or naturally erect, cropped or button; the head is elongated and narrow, unloaded cheekbones, and forming a snub ended wedge. The muzzle and skull are the same length. The neck is slightly arched, slim and fine, exempt from dewlap; the chest is narrow but deep; the thorax is wide, tucked stomach; the tail narrows to the tip.
Straight forelegs, elbows close to the body; the length is proportional to the body; compact and well arched feet; good hind angulations; low hocks; hinds well set back. The black and tan well marked, completed with rosettes, tan colored spots in both sides of the chest over the hind legs; the white spots are highly undesirable in any part of the body.
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
In the US the Manchester Terrier’s ears are cropped long. In England, its native country, they are left natural, dropped. Pay attention to laws forbidding amputations. 
With all the Manchester virtues, it is a mystery that this English Terrier has not impacted the canine world with more strength. Some will say that it seems a Dobermann reduced to a more practical size. But is a breed of its own (and much older than the Dobermann!). For active people, that live in apartment, travelers and many others it is an ideal sized dog with an adaptable personality. It is confident and a good candidate as a guardian dog.
An open, kind dog, the Manchester Terrier lacks popularity, but little more.
The Manchester Terrier is born almost completely black and weighs between 170 and 225 g. The basic tan color appears after a month, although the spots at the fingers and fine lines usually take longer. Incorrect spots (the future owner should be familiar to the standard) are usually visible after eight weeks. The dewclaws are removed after a week. In the US the ears are usually cropped. It is a delicate procedure, which requires considerable post operatory care. The owner should know what all this implies and know if the laws of your country don’t forbid this intervention. Some Manchesters can suffer growth problems, which can be related to sensitivity to vaccines. Talk with your breeder and veterinarian about this possibility.
An authentic Terrier, without the typical Terrier coat, the Manchester requires little hair care, except for a brushing every couple of days, and regular control of the eyes, ears and pads. However, they usually display skin rashes and infections in the breed, which can be treated medicinal baths and ointments. An unusual skin problem is reported, called coetaneous asthenia, whose symptoms include a soft, delicate, humid skin, with a pale color. Hip dysplasia is rare, although in some lines there is epilepsy and Von Willebrand disease. Dental problems are not frequent in the breed either. With its athletic appearance, the Manchester needs abundant physical activity to keep in shape.
Breeders have done a good job keeping the Manchester Terrier as a natural breed, practically without problems.