by Doris Donnerman
(last updated August 17, 2009)
The racy, sleek Manchester Terrier had been in existence for many years. In Edward's Cynographic Brittanica of 1800, a print is shown of a group of Terriers. The black and tan depicted is considerably like the present-day Manchester, except that the arrangement of colors is not like that of present standards. It has, however, much of the breedy, classy appearance so characteristic of the breed.
It is generally conceded that the early, old broken haired black and tan terriers of the north of England held a major part in the ancestry of the Manchester. These were the accomplished rat killers; coarser, far less graceful dogs, but nevertheless much in demand for their gameness. The Manchester district was a famous sporting center where rat killing and rabbit coursing, the "poor man's sport", were popular diversions. It was here that is said to have produced a breed adept at both these kinds of contests by mating a Whippet female, famous for rat-killing, with a dark-brown cross-bred Terrier. The results of this cross proved so successful that other fanciers took to breeding them.
The Manchester Terrier is keenly observant. He gets along well with other dogs due to his non-aggressive nature. He is considered to be a very devoted dog. A general description is that of a black and tan is the usual color with a coat that is close, short, and glossy but is not soft. The weight of the Manchester is anywhere from 12-22 pounds.
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