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Manchester Terrier (Toy)

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The Toy Manchester Terrier is a terrier through and through with unmistakable Terrier attitude and liveliness. No doubt this is in part due to the fact that the two varieties are recognized as one breed, thus the standard and priorities of the breeder striv to maintain those qualities.  Do not place the Toy Manchester Terrier along side other toy terriers such as the Yorkie expecting similarities.  This is a small dog that still has a vigilant focus and is known for taking on opponents far beyond its means.  Thus, the family of the Toy Manchester Terrier must make two commitments, first to heavily socialize their delightful canine so that the dog does not see problems were none exist and second to protect their dog from its determined, loyal nature.  Otherwise, the Toy Manchester Terrier is a perfect package of small Terrier an exceptional companion and entertainer.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: defined by weight but typically 8-10 inches
Weight: up to 12 pounds Longevity: high 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 natural erect ears.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: friendly, discerning, alert and intelligent
  with Children: Typically devoted to family but the small size makes them vulnerable. Please closely supervise and be sure children are well behaved.
  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: England
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 Manchester Terriers?
  • Why do you have Toy Manchester Terriers (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Toy 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 Toy Manchester Terrier?
  • How would you describe the ideal Toy Manchester Terrier home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Toy Manchester Terrier?
  • How do you assist or help Toy 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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