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.
intelligent dogs, fabulous little guy, highest recommendation, Good watch dog
sedate lifestyle, rattingsmall animal chasing, oneperson dog, small children
field mouse carnage, Terriers Are Lively, 16th century England, small shorthaired dog
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
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 57 days ago
behavior training tool
All dogs need to learn how to behave and a great "brain-break" and self soothing tool to use between activities or for crate training is a kong. Filled with a treat or small bit of peanut butter, this activity can provide the dog with a reward sensation as well as a much needed chewing activity for "down time" between trainings. We have utilized this with many of our breeds but huskies can be downright destructive to any material, so use of the kong is fabulous (while supervised) once the husky reaches maturity. As puppies are constantly teething and learning what is THEIRS and what is yours, kongs are a wonderful "replacement" tool for your couch, shoes and other destructible items in your home. .
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