Manchester, England, is a working man’s town, and this breed was developed as a working man’s terrier, pitted against rabbits and other vermin on the farm and against rats in the fights. The Manchester almost bit the dust itself when blood sports and ear cropping were banned, but a Manchester breeder by the name of Handly stepped in and took up the breed’s cause. Today, the Manchester is a powerful, active, smooth-coated terrier that comes in two sizes. Weight for the standard variety ranges from 12 to 22 pounds. The head is lean and clean, and ears may be cropped to a sharp point and carried erect or natural, folding slightly above skull level. The Toy variety may not exceed 12 pounds, nor have cropped ears. The coat for both is black with rich mahogany tan markings in specified areas on head, limbs, throat and under the tail. Weekly grooming keeps it glossy. A couple of short daily walks or playtimes will keep the Manchester in fighting trim. Both sizes make good watchdogs and easily cared for family pets in almost any home.
The Black and Tan Terrier
This 1916 dog breed profile believes that this terrier should hold its owner with the popular breeds. From the Archives of Dog World: Enjoy this all-access pass to dog history from the pages of the longest published dog magazine. This content remains in its original form and reflects the language and…
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Terrier Dog Breeds
The Terrier Group is made up of tough and resilient dog breeds. Terriers have high energy levels and respond instantly to anything unusual in their environments. Rugged, courageous and self-sufficient, Terriers were developed in England centuries ago. They were expected to hunt, eradicate vermin, guard their families’ homes and serve…
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