The Manchester Terrier

The distinctive looking Manchester Terrier has changed very little since the 1500's. It is an elegant black and tan dog with a medium length tapered tail. The Toy variety weighs up to 12 lb. and has only naturally erect ears. The Standard variety weighs over 12 lb. and up to 22 lb., and may have naturally erect, cropped, or button ears. In England, where the breed was developed, its purpose was to kill rats, and later, to flush game for hunters. Today it serves primarily as a companion, but for those who train them, it can be a working dog.

Equally at home in the country or city, the Manchester is admired for its keen intelligence, cleanliness and versatility. It is an excellent watch dog -- a little dog with a big bark -- but it is not suitable as an outdoor - only watch dog left by itself regularly. The Manchester thrives on the companionship of thoughtful children. It is a natural companion animal and demands attention from its family. In return, the Manchester will reward you with affection, loyalty, and protectiveness.

The Manchester's short, dense, glossy black coat with rich mahogany tan markings accounts for the breed's original name of Black and Tan Terrier. The coat is easy to care for, but it does not offer much protection from the cold. The dogs do shed, but they rarely need to be bathed. Their nails grow quickly and should be kept short to avoid injury and maintain an attractive appearance.

With persistence and firmness, Manchester Terriers housebreak readily and take well to crate training. They can excel in dog show conformation, obedience, tracking, agility trials and earthdog events. Manchester Terriers make excellent pets for active families and travel well. The athletic Manchester will chase anything, any size, that threatens its turf. It should have a fenced yard.

Overall, the Manchester is a hardy breed. With proper food, shelter from the cold, exercise, training and love, your Manchester Terrier may live 15 years or more. Dog owners must realize that some dogs in every breed have health problems. People looking for a Manchester should talk with breeders about any unusually frequent health problems in their lines, including Legg-Perthes (a deterioration of the femur head) and vWD (von Willebrand's Disease) a bleeding disorder. All breeding animals should be DNA tested for vWD. Manchesters should be fed quality dog food. Water should be made available at all times. Manchesters may overeat if permitted to do so. Check with the breeder for information on dietary needs and recommendations. For more information contact:

 

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