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History of the Manchester Terrier

The Manchester Terrier comes from the oldes recognized terrier breed, the Black and Tan Terrier. These terriers were originally developed into what we recognize today as the Manchester Terrier These terriers were originally developed for the ancient sport of rat killing and were crossed with Whippets in order to improve their agility. The resulting dogs Developed into what we recognize today as the Manchester Terrier. These dogs were owned primarily by peasants, and were taken home at night to guard the family. They were also used to flush and poach game for the dinner table

Manchesters Today

Today, Manchesters are no longer used primarily for sport. They are loving and loyal family members who take their role as protector very seriously. They are able obedience dogs and enjoy the sports of agility, tracking and lure coursing. They still retain their hunting instinct, and will clear their premises of vermin. But their favorite role is that of devoted companion to their master.

Intelligent, curious and energetic, the Manchester is always responsive to praise and affection. They are quick to learn and respond well to obedience training. Manchesters are suited to urban, suburban or rural living.

General Appearance

A small, black, short-coated dog with distinctive rich mahogany markings and a taper style tail. In structure, the Manchester presents a sleek, sturdy, yet elegant look, and has a wedge-shaped, long and clean head with a keen, bright, alert expression. Ears can be cropped to a point or may be natural ( erect or button ). The smooth, compact, muscular body expresses great power and agility.
The size of a Standard Manchester Terrier can vary between 12 and 22 lbs. There should not be white on any part of the body, and the mahogany markings must be in specific places. One of the trademarks of a Manchester is his "thumbprints", which are the black markings on the front forelegs that resemble a thumbprint.

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Official CKC Breed Standard for the Standard Manchester Terrier

 

General Appearance:  A terrier calculated to take his own part in the rat pit and not of the Whippet type.

Size:Weight-12-22 Ib. (5-10 kg).

Coat and Colour: short, and glossy; not soft.  Colour black and tan, as distinct as possible; the tan should be a  rich mahogany colour. A tan spot over each eye, and another on each cheek, the latter as small as possible; the lips of the upper and lower jaws should be tanned, the tan extending under the jaw to the throat, ending in the shape of the letter V; underside of the ear is partly tanned; the forelegs tanned to the knee, with a black patch "thumb mark" between the pastern and the knee; the toes have a distinct black mark running up each, called the "pencil mark"; the tan on the hind legs should continue from the pencilling on the feet up the inside of the legs to a little below the stifle joint, and the outside of the legs should be perfectly black. There should be tan under tail, and on the vent, but only of such size as to be covered by the tail. In every case the tan should meet the black abruptly.

Head: Narrow, almost flat, with a slight indentation up the forehead, long and tight-skinned. Slightly wedge-shaped, tapering to the nose, and well filled up under the eyes, with tight-lipped jaws. Nose should be perfectly black. Level in mouth with no visible cheek muscles. Eyes small, bright, andsparkling, set moderately close together, as near black as possble; oblong in shape, slanting upwards on the outside; theyshould neither protrude nor sink in the skull. Ears erect, or button small and thin; smaller at the root and set as close together as possible at the top of the head. If cropped to a point,long and carried erect. The neck should be slim and graceful, gradually becoming larger as it approaches the shoulders and perfectly free from throatiness;slightly arched from the occiput.

Forequarters: The shoulders slope off elegantly. Legs perfectly straight, and well under the body; strong, and of proportionate length. Feet compact, split up between the toes, and well arched, with jet-black nails; the two middle toes in the front feet rather longer than the others.

Body: Short, with powerful loins; the back being slightly arched at the loin, and falling again to the joining of the tail to the same height as the shoulder. Chest narrow between the legs, deep in the brisket; ribs well sprung out behind the shoulders.

Hindquarters:The hind feet shaped like those of a cat.

Tail: Should be moderately short, and set on where the arch of the back ends; thick where it joins the body, and gracefully tapering to a point; not carried higher than the back.