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INTRODUCTION TO THE MANCHESTER TERRIER
As early as the 1500's, black and tan descendants of the rough-coated English Terrier were used to assist hounds in going to ground and digging out the quarry. By the 1800's, during the industrialization of England, small terriers such as the Black and Tan were helping to control rats, mice, weasels and foxes. As early as 1867, the Black and Tan Terrier was referred to as the "Manchester" because it was widely bred around Manchester England. It was appreciated for its keen sense of smell and hearing, its loyalty and protectiveness, and its stable temperament. These remarkable qualities also made the Manchester a popular pet and watch dog as well.
In 1886 the first Black and Tan Terrier was listed in the American Kennel Club Stud Book, and the next year the first Black and Tan was registered in the U.S.
There are two varieties recognized by the American Kennel Club. The Toy variety can weigh up to 12 lbs. The Standard weighs over 12 lbs. but not to exceed 22 lbs. The only coloration permitted is black and tan.
The Toys have naturally erect ears. In the Standard variety, the ears may be naturally erect, cropped or button. Manchesters' coats are smooth and shedding is minimal. The tail is not docked in either variety. The Manchester is a natural beauty -- neat, trim and well - proportioned.
Many people mistake the Manchester for a Miniature Pinscher or a Doberman puppy. In fact, the Standard Manchester and the Rottweiler were the foundation breeds used by Louis Dobermann in Germany to create the Doberman Pinscher.
Manchesters can make excellent companions in almost any household. They are clean, virtually odorless and very adaptable. They will live happily in anything from a small trailer to a large estate. They are not picky eaters and will accept most any diet.
Both varieties are affectionate and highly intelligent. They quickly become equal members in any family and possess all the attributes you could wish for in a companion animal.
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