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Manchester Terrier



I am I because my little dog knows me.
- Gertrude Stein

Manchester Terrier puppy

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Manchester Terrier adult
Ch Orson Von Mainhattan 
standing at Moonshadows Kennel

One of the oldest of the terriers, the British Black and Tan Terrier, is believed to be the ancestor of today's Manchester Terrier.  This sleek, agile and powerful dog was originally bred to control vermin such as rats and rabbits on the farm. 

He was also used in blood sports that are now illegal. The most famous Manchester Terrier is "Billy" who apparently killed 100 rats in only 6 minutes and 13 seconds.

This terrier can stand up to 16 inches at the shoulder and weighs between 12 and 22 lbs. He is sleek and smooth coated with cropped (pointed) or naturally folded ears. The coat is shiny black with tan mahogany markings. An easy-care dog whose grooming needs are minimal, the Manchester Terrier today is a beloved companion and good watchdog.

As a true terrier, the Manchester Terrier is lively, inquisitive, alert and curious. However, he is less aggressive than other terriers and should be amicable to both humans and other dogs. Manchester Terriers are very intelligent and enjoy obedience training, agility, and other activities.

Despite his small size, the Manchester Terrier has lots of energy and needs regular exercise. He can live in an apartment if he has daily walks. He should be socialized to other animals and people from a young age. Like many smaller dogs, he may not be totally comfortable around very young children.


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Lisa Wysminity
Box 1052
Tofield, AB  T0B 4J0

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Sandy Cunniff
3290 Baker Road
Niagara Falls, ON  
(905) 382-6627


New Brunswick 


Dean and Jennifer Tomes
25 Mount View Road
Sackville, NB  E4L 1M3
(506) 536-1957

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Canadian Manchester Terrier Club
Rescue Chair: Lisa Wysminity



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