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Manchester Terrier


General Information - Manchester Terrier


Group:
Terrier

Size:
Medium

Lifespan:
15-16 years

Exercise:
Moderate

Grooming:
Very low

Trainability:
Hard

Watchdog Ability:
Very high

Protection Ability:
Very low

Area of Origin:
England

Date of Origin:
1500s

Other Names:
Black and Tan Terrier

Original Function:
Ratting, rabbit hunting



History

The Manchester Terrier's nickname is the Rat Terrier since it was developed as a rat hunter in nineteenth century Manchester, England by a man named John Hulme. The Manchester was considered to be the best vermin hunting breed of the day. A Manchester Terrier named Billy supposedly killed 100 rats in only 6 minutes, 13 seconds in a British contest! Though he looks like a Miniature Doberman, the breeds are not related. The Manchester terrier was the result of crosses between the Black & Tan Terrier and the Whippet.

Temperament

The Manchester Terrier is a high-spirited, very intelligent, and cunning dog which is eager to learn. Extremely lively, sporty, alert, and vigilant, the Manchester Terrier is a loyal and good friend to its master. The Manchester Terrier likes to please its handler and learns quite quickly. These dogs can be outstanding in activities like agility skills and catch and also do well in obedience trials. The Manchester Terrier should be thoroughly socialised when it is young to prevent potential aggression. He can be headstrong, protective and snappish. This breed needs thorough, firm training.

Upkeep

This alert and active breed can have its exercise needs met with a moderate walk on leash, good romp in the yard or an off-lead foray in a safe area. This is not a breed that should live outdoors, although it appreciates access to a yard during the day. It likes a warm, soft bed. Coat care is minimal.