Popularly known as the rat terrier, the Manchester Terrier was developed in the 19th century in Manchester England to hunt vermin. While the breed looks like a Miniature Doberman, it has actually succeeded from the Black & Tan Terrier and the Whippet. There are two types of Manchester Terrier—Standard and Toy. Today the popularity of this breed has significantly come down even in its native land. It is more of a companion dog now but the Standard variety is still capable of eliminating vermin.
The Manchester Terrier is a small, black dog with a black coat that has rick mahogany markings. The Toy & Standard varieties of the breed have only different ears. Otherwise the former is a miniature version of the latter. Muscular body; wedge-shaped, long head; alert expression; bright, almond eyes; black nose; slightly arched, slim neck; glossy, tight coat; these are some of its physical characteristics. The Toy variety has erect ears. The Standard, on the other hand, can have erect, cropped or button ears.
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The Manchester Terrier is full of life, highly intelligent, independent and quite cunning. The dog displays a lot of eagerness to learn and loves to please its master. The breed is very sporty and enjoys games like catch and others that test its agility skills. The Manchester Terrier hates to be left alone and will get destructive. If not raised properly, it will also be snappish and stubborn. The dog is highly devoted to its master, is vigilant and in some cases may be combative with other dogs. It is not safe to have small, non-canine pets around this breed. They are fine with children if raised with them as a pup.
Heat bumps, glaucoma and Von Willebrand’s disease are associated with the Manchester Terrier.
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