Species group: Terrier Group dogs
Other name(s): Manchesters
According to the American Manchester Terrier Club (AMTC), the Manchester Terrier was developed in the 1800s to produce a sleek and powerful animal for hunting rats and mice-- a talent which made it a popular family pet in the Victorian era. Like other terriers, this breed is for owners who know how to train and socialize a strong-minded and perhaps sensitive dog with positive reinforcement-- a tricky matter if you use a food reward, since this breed also can become obese if overfed and under-exercised.
If you want to show your dog, you will want to pay attention to your country's kennel club rules. The American Kennel Club (AKC) registers Toy and Standard Manchester Terriers as the same breed that vary in size and the shape of the ears.
Appearance / health:
Manchester Terriers are small, black, dogs with distinctive rich mahogany markings and a taper style tail. They have a wedge-shaped, long, and clean head with a keen, bright, alert expression. The almond shaped black eyes are small, bright, and sparkling. The eyes neither protrude nor sink in the skull. Acceptable ear types for Standard variety Manchester Terriers include the naturally erect ear, the cropped ear, or the button ear. The muzzle and skull are equal in length. The underjaw is full and well defined and the nose is black. The legs are straight with compact, well-arched feet.
For show purposes, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has suggested classifying Standard variety Manchester Terriers according to weight as follows: American-bred for dogs weighing over 12 pounds and not exceeding 16 pounds, and Open Class for dogs weighing over 16 pounds and not exceeding 22 pounds. According to the AKC, Toy variety Manchester Terriers are classified by weight as follows: American-bred for dogs weighing 7 pounds and under, and Open Class for dogs weighing over 7 pounds and not exceeding 12 pounds.
Most Manchester Terriers only "blow coat" twice a year (spring and fall). Weekly brushing with a bristle brush helps to remove dead hair and keeps the coat glossy and shiny.
Standard variety Manchester Terriers require a moderate amount of exercise. Daily exercise of 30 minutes to 1 hour is sufficient for these dogs.
Manchester Terriers may suffer from thyroid disorders and eye problems. Some are prone to a bleeding disorder called Von Willebrand's disease.
Behavior / temperament:
Manchester Terriers are relatively easy to housebreak. They love to rest in their owner's lap, and are excellent companions to the elderly. Some Manchesters are excessive barkers. They are protective by nature and may appear aloof to the stranger.
Training a Manchester Terrier is not as difficult as training some other terrier breeds. However, its stubborn terrier nature may make it difficult for the inexperienced trainer. Early socialization and obedience training brings out the best in them.
Most Manchester Terriers do not bark excessively. However, some dogs may be noisy. Early socialization is necessary to help prevent excessive barking.
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A Dog of Contradictions - Bad Tempered and Thoroughly Engaging
Elvira (Mistress of the Dark) was found by a dog warden on the streets. We think she was a year old. She was clearly from a working dog line (stockier and more athletic looking than a "pet" terrier and with a working dock). She was an absolute delight until she was spayed. After that, she was bad tempered, wanted to fight any and all other dogs and was obsessed with food. (Once, she ate an entire big pan of cooked rice meant for the chickens -she was like a football, her paws could hardly touch the ground and, if you held a match behind her, I swear she would have gone into orbit!) She was, and still is, untrainable (as some terriers are): she has to be on a lead when we go out. Try to get her to do anything, even something that she wants to do, like going to bed, leads to her showing off all her teeth and making a horrible half-growl, half-bark sound: I believe she was H.R. Giger's original inspiration for Alien's mouth parts. She has become a running joke amongst our friends. On the other hand, she is an excellent ratter.
Having said all that, Elvira is very engaging and loving. She wants to be babied when she's tired, something's scared her (e.g. thunder) or she's not feeling well (e.g. having eaten a pan-full of rice). She loves children. Old ladies adore her, even when she's stomping over them. Like all terriers, Elvira has character and heart bigger than a house. She will always be my little girl, even if, sometimes, that little girl is Linda Blair from the Exorcist..
From Drewid May 23 2015 8:05AM
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I gave Hill's Prescription diet c/d urinary care a 4 out of 5 stars for effectiveness because it is not a diet that works for every single patient. Every patient is different, therefore, not every patient will need Hills Prescription diet c/d. They may respond better to the Purina urinary diet or the Royal Canin Urinary SO diet. Veterinary medicine is all about looking at each patient individually to make sure their needs are met.
The reason for the 3.5 stars out of 5 for ease of use is due to palatability. Some dogs are just very finicky eaters. It may as simple a fix as to switch from Hill's c/d dry to Hill's c/d canned food to entice those picky canines. On the other hand, a completely different diet may need to be used. The important thing with pets that need to be on a prescription diet is to not feed any other food (table food or other dog foods). This will allow the prescription diet to work effectively and let the pet know that in order to eat they must eat the prescription diet. .
From JMalone CVT 65 days ago
Committing to set your dog up for success
Helping your dog to avoid fearful stimuli is simple in theory but can be difficult in practice. How many times has a dog owner with a dog who has a fear of something thought, "just this once, she'll be fine" or "it's only for a minute, I don't have time to avoid this right now"?
Owners must understand that if a dog is fearful of something, that is a real emotion for the animal. The owner might understand that fireworks are harmless or that a small toddler is innocent but for a dog who is afraid, they are simply afraid.
When dogs feel fear, they have the same two options available to all animals: fight or flight. Many, many bites could be avoided if owners understood that the fear their animal feels for a certain stimuli is real and that the animal has one of two options available to them.
Unfortunately, many owners do not take their animals fear seriously until a bite occurs. A dog with wide eyes, who freezes in place, begins to lick their nose, yawns, or lowers their tail/posture are all signs of fear or emotional discomfort that can go unrecognized.
If a toddler or child approaches a dog who begins to lick their nose, avoid eye contact or freeze in place while slowly wagging their tail low they are not ok with being approached by the child. Some days they may be able to handle this if the dog has been mostly free of fear or stress. Somedays the dog may have had too many triggers. (Think of how you feel some days when you didn't get enough sleep, or a mishap occurred at work. When you get home, you may be more likely to snap at your family or have less patience.) The dog doesn't have the ability to remove themselves from the situation- the owner is responsible for that.
Thus, as owners we must respect what our dog is fearful of and do our best to seek out knowledgeable professional help in the way of a behavioral vet or trainer who works with one. Ideally, the dog can overcome the fearful stimuli but in cases where progress is only beginning or the fear is too entrenched it is best to avoid the situations which will cause the dog fear. Dogs always want to please people but it is important to know that they have their own emotions and limitations to how they can react in life.
It is our obligation to return the adoration of our dogs and protect them from fearful stimuli while also working to overcome frightening situations. .
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