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Manchester Terrier – Dog Breed Guide

Breed summary

Size: Small to Medium
Weight: Varies from the different breeds
Height: Varies from the different breeds
Longevity: 15
Bark Tendency: High
Aggression: Medium
Compatibility to other pets: Low

Adopt a Manchester Terrier, Dog Breed Guide

Introduction

Among all the known and still existing terrier dogs today, the Manchester Terrier is the oldest of them all. There are two varieties of the Manchester Terrier:

Official Name

Manchester Terrier
This dog breed is recognized by some canine registries, breeders and dog aficionados as the Black and Tan Manchester.

Origin

Date – 19th Century
Country – Great Britain
Family / Group – Terrier, Toy

Recognized By:
American Canine Registry
American Pet Registry, Inc.
American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Club
Canadian Canine Registry
Canadian Kennel Club
Club Español de Terriers – Spanish Terrier Club
Continental Kennel Club
Dog Registry of America, Inc.
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Kennel Club of Great Britain
National Kennel Club
New Zealand Kennel Club
North American Purebred Registry, Inc.

History

Manchester Terriers are the oldest among all the known terriers and were initially developed in England. They got their name from the city where breeders first developed them as a purebred, the city of Manchester. Terrier breeders created them to produce an efficient rat hunter. These dogs were so impressive and tenacious in hunting rats that they earned the nickname Rat Terrier of England. The Manchester terrier breed is the result of crossing the Black-and-Tan Terrier with the Whippet dog breed. During Queen Victoria’s reign, these English dogs became very popular among all other small dogs.

The two sizes of Manchester Terriers separated and were recognized as distinctive breeds only in the year 1959.

Personality

The two varieties of this rat hunting terrier are both alert and somewhat less active when compared to all other types of terriers. These dogs will show affection towards their family and friends. When around strangers, these terriers will be wary. So much so that they can be considered as excellent watch dogs! It is a terrier so expect typical behaviours that are seen in most dogs included in this group. These are digging, being very vocal and very possessive.

Bred For

Both the Standard and Toy variety of these terriers were developed as efficient rat hunter.

Environment

The two Manchester Terrier dog variety can adapt very well in all kinds of living conditions. They are great dogs to have as pets in apartments and condos. They are dogs that will prefer areas that experiences warm weather conditions.

Grooming

The two types of Manchester Terrier dogs are very easy and fast to groom. Most of these dogs require no grooming at all. The Standard Manchester Terriers are dogs that shed hair in average amounts. The Toy variety sheds very little or sheds no hair at all.

Training

These rat hunting terriers are known to be highly trainable. They are so smart these dogs can be trained for and has excelled at agility competitions.

Health

There are lines of Manchester terriers that are more prone to acquire glaucoma as compared to the other lines of this breed. There are also some lines that are more prone to acquire various skin related problems. Both Toy and Standard varieties are known to be commonly afflicted with the von Willebrand’s disease.

Exercise

The Manchester Terrier dog breed is pretty high maintenance when it comes to their activity needs. The average daily walking session is not sufficient. These dogs should be brought to parks or have an ample amount of space for them to run and play regularly. They are known to be perfect dogs to take on biking or jogging trails.

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