Manchester Terriers


Manchester Terriers

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During the sixteenth century the Manchester district of England was noted for two "poor man's sports," rat killing and rabbit coursing. In order to produce a dog that would succeed at both, an Englishman named John Hulme mated a female Whippet with a crossbred dark brown male dog known for its rat-killing ability. This produced the Manchester Terrier. For a time, he was referred to as the Black-and-Tan Terrier but the name of Manchester Terrier was reestablished for the breed in 1923. There are two sizes of Manchester Terrier, the Standard and the Toy. Except for size and ear options (described below), there are no differences between the Standard and Toy varieties of the Manchester Terrier.
In Victorian times, The Manchester Terrier was referred to as "the Gentleman's Terrier. He is a keenly observant and devoted dog. He is lively, good natured, with minimal grooming necessary. All of these factors make him an ideal companion.
The Manchester Terrier's head is long and narrow with the skull and muzzle being of equal length. The eyes are nearly black and almond shaped with black eye rims. The expression is keen and alert. The jaws are powerful with a full and well defined underjaw. The bite is either scissors or level. The neck is slightly arched and graceful. The topline has a slight arch over the loin that falls slightly to the tail set. The tail is moderately short and reaches no further than the hock joint. It is thick at the body, tapers to a point at the end, and is carried in a slight upward curve. The legs are straight with compact, well arched feet. The toes are cat-like. The bone and muscle should have sufficient mass to ensure agility and endurance. The coat is smooth, short, dense, tight and glossy. It should be jet black with rich mahogany tan markings. In the Standard Manchester Terrier, the ears are either carried naturally erect, cropped or button shaped. They are wider at the base, pointed at the tips and carried well up on the skull. The Toy variety has a naturally erect ear. The height is between fifteen and sixteen inches. The weight of the Standard variety is between twelve and twenty two pounds while the toy should not exceed twelve pounds.


brokenglass@pei.sympatico.ca of Canada writes on 11/14/99:

A low maintenance, loving and loyal breed.
The standard Manchester Terrier is one of the forefathers of the Doberman, and many people beleive that they are diminutive versions, but this is not the case. As well, the standard Manchester is very much a terrier, and has been in existance, although not as we see the breed now, for around five hundred years. They were vermin killers, and were used for a time as rabbit coursers. Called the "Gentlemen's Terrier", these small dogs (12-22 lbs.) are one of the more sedate terriers, and are generally socialble with other dogs of any breeds. They are portable, and keep themselves quite clean, so they are very little maintenance compared to most terrier breeds. Although small, these dogs can be very protective, and are usually fiercly loyal to their families or the ones that they are most familiar with. Aloof with strangers, these dogs may not be what you are looking for as not all breeds are right for all people. Ears may be left natural or cropped, and the lifespan of these dogs generally stretches to around 15 years. VWD is one of the main concerns in the breed but reputable breeders are working hard to eradicate this from the breed. These dogs make great companions and adapt easily to your lifestyle whether it is sedantary or very active. They make great agility and flyball competators, as well as obedience trials, earth trials, and therapy dogs. They are a lot of dog in a small package, and their abilities can seem endless at times. Once bitten by the "Manchester" bug, many wouldn't dream of having anything else sleeping on their couch or under their covers!


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