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Manchester Terrier (Standard)

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The Standard Manchester Terrier is a masterpiece of clean lines and effectiveness.  Naturally erect ears and natural button ears (pictured above) occur in the breed.  As judging shows no preference for one over another, the fancier must question why cropping the natural ear is not only common but acceptable.  Nevertheless, the Manchester Terrier, despite its seriously Terrier history and purpose is a non-sparring breed.  It would be a mistake to then think they are low-key for they are very vigilant and alert but there is an efficiency of thought and motion often lacking in many other Terriers.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: around 10-16 inches
Weight: 12-22 pounds Longevity: teens
Colors: black/tan Coat type: smooth, slick not soft
Recognized Registries: FCI, TKC,CKC, AKC, UKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: Elegant and clean lines without any excess or exaggeration. Clearly a dog of purpose and power, always black and tan with erect or natural button ears.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: friendly, discerning, alert and intelligent
  with Children: Typically devoted to family. Children must be well behaved and supervised.
  with other pets: Variable, they were bred to kill vermin afterall
  with dogs: Generally good
Socialization requirements: Without extensive socializing the Manchester Terrier can become shy and fearful, with overindulgence they can become tyrranical; socialization done properly is critical.
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the fearless, devoted and intelligent companion packed in those few pounds.
Temperament Notes: Alert, generally friendly, happy, devoted and hard working
Training requirement: moderate to high: socialization, basic manners and some ongoing activity
Trainer notes: While many keep the Manchester Terrrier and never take any training beyond the basics, this is a dog that will seek a special task or job to offer the world.  In many cases this may be keeping the family entertained, initiating lots of play or even being particularly active during walks.  Nevertheless, this nature is fertile soil for anyone who'd love to see a Manchester in the Agility ring or competing in Flyball or other sports.  The Manchester is not just a natural athlete physically but mentally he/she consistently demonstrates a tenacity and focus rivaled by top competitors the world over.  This is a dog that "gets it".  They want to be better, faster, more precise, they can learn the details of an exercise and not lose any of their vitality to perform it.  Positive training methods will only enhance their desire for excellence (or to their point of view, ability to please their trainer).  Definitely a frequently overlooked but excellent consideration for a training partner.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Old, to the beginning of civilization in the British Isles
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Original Function: ratter
History: Developed as a ratter in the British Isles.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Von Willebrand's (a form of hemophilia), sensitivity to anesthesia
Health Testing: vWD test,
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for! 
  • How long have you had Standard Manchester Terriers?
  • Why do you have Standard Manchester Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Standard Manchester Terrier?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Standard Manchester Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Standard Manchester Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Standard Manchester Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Standard Manchester Terriers in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites: - American Manchester Terrier Club Rescue

    Other Resources
    Breed standard: - FCI Standard for the Manchester Terrier - Canadian Kennel Club Standard for the Manchester Terrier - UKC Standard for the Manchester Terrier - TKC (The UK Kennel Club) Standard for the Manchester Terrier - Standard as per the Manchester Terrier Club in the US

    Breeder Ethics: - American Manchester Terrier Club Code of Ethics

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