Manchester Terriers

Big dogs in Little packages!

Manchesters are…

  • Intelligent and dedicated family pets and alert watchdogs.
  • Eager to please and quick to learn.
  • Excellent ratters.
  • Great sports prospects for obedience trials, flyball, and agility.
  • Clean, usually odourless with virtually maintenance free coats.
  • Very active as puppies
  • When mature they are content to sit with their people, watching TV, or run with them for miles.
  • Good with children if socialized properly as puppies.
  • An excellent choice for the urban, suburban, rural, or apartment home.
  • Must use soft correction for them to work for you. If so they love to please.

Their main goal in life is to be at their master’s side, and they are willing do whatever it takes to be there.

The Manchester Terrier is sometimes called by its older name: The Black-and-Tan Terrier, since Manchester Terriers are always a colour known as black-and-tan. This consists of a black body with a rich mahogany “tan” colour on their legs, chest, and nose. Above each intelligent dark brown eye is a tan spot believed to confuse their prey on where there eyes are. On their cheeks is another tan spot known as a “kiss mark”. On each agile tan paw on the top of each toe their are black stripes called “pencilling”. The black spot known as a “thumb print” is on each foreleg just above the paw. On the chest there is another tan marking  known as a “bow tie”, this usually fades as they get older. These precise marking were very important and set the precedent for the breed.

The Manchester Terrier is one of the oldest of the terrier breeds.  Many comparisons can be drawn between the Manchester Terrier and similar dogs such as the Miniature Pinscher (Min Pin) and the Jack Russell Terrier or Parson Terrier.  They are larger than the Min Pin, and share many of the terrier traits with other terrier breeds. Historically, like other terriers they were bred for “ratting”, or the killing of rats or vermine. Manchesters still have a strong prey drive and can still do the job. Also they were used for rabbit hunting. Manchesters display enduring loyalty and love to their master and family. Most are content with only those close to them giving them affection.

They enjoy outdoor activity but are of a size that does not require large amounts of space to run around. They will amuse themselves with toys or play fetch down a hallway. Though they do enjoy large spaces to run and love to run in circles.

As Terriers, they love toys and games. Things to challenge their mind as they are very smart. They are very competitive in obedience, and dog sports, flyball, agility, rally. Some have even done herding.

They also love to cuddle and lay beside you on your couch or bed. You will find that they love to curl up under blankets so if someday you do not see them. You might find a blanket misplaced and a dog under it.

For their safety, and security you should crate train them so they will be happy when left alone and not get into trouble. I find feeding them in their crates and giving them special treats or toys filled with treats while in the crate will make crate time a good place to be.

Manchester Terriers come in two varieties: the Standard and the Toy.

The Standard Manchester Terrier is usually between 15-16″ (38-41 cm) tall and weighs between 12-22 lbs. (5.5-10 kg).  The CKC and the AKC allow dogs that are descended from Toy Manchester Terriers to be registered as Standards. Some North American breeders will mix the varieties using  Toy Manchester Terrier bloodlines in an attempt to keep their Standard Manchester Terriers within the height limits of the CKC and AKC standards. The Australian and European kennel clubs do not permit this practice, and consider the Toy and the Standard Manchester Terrier as separate breeds.  In keeping with the European and Australian concept, I only breed purebred Standard Manchester Terriers with no Toy influence in their bloodlines.  As a result, sometimes puppies may grow too tall for the accepted CKC or AKC height standard for a show dog in the United States. In Canada it is not a disqualification though it is preferred to be under 22 lbs. As long as they can still do the job as ratters, judges are to accept them. Most of mine go 22 – 28 lbs., 15-17″ at the shoulder as everywhere but America the breed standard is by height not weight. Many Manchesters are shown underweight to try and keep them within the weight standard of 22 lbs. I think this is unfair and wish our standards would be changed to the same as the rest of the world. Being over the 22 lbs. may prevent them from having a career as a conformation show dog in the States and harder placement in Canada but in no way affects their great temperaments, good structure and joyful personalities that make them such wonderful pets!

All our dogs and puppies are registered with the CKC. Older puppies or adults are occasionally available for there forever companion or show homes. All of our puppies can be registered in the United States and other Countries as well.

We have been showing and breeding Standard Manchester Terriers over 30 years.

Our dogs are part of our family — they live in the house, not in some kennel.  We have shown many dogs over the years, earning many awards championships in conformation. These dogs are great at obedience as well.  We use champion dogs in our breeding program.

We give ongoing support to new dog owners and like to keep in contact with our puppies throughout their lives.  Our greatest joy is receiving pictures of our puppies in their new homes. Watching them grow up via email or facebook throughout their lives.

Please contact us if you ever have to rehome your dog from us.

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