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Manchester Terrier

Breed origin: England
Original purpose: Rat killing and rabbit coursing.

AKC recognized: 1886
AKC group: Terrier, Toy

Size: Weight: 8 to 22 lbs
Color: Jet black and rich mahogany tan.

Life span: Up to 20 years.

General characteristics/temperament: The Manchester Terrier is alert, agile, observant, devoted, courageous, and powerful for its size. Because of their small size and low grooming and exercise requirements, they are a good choice for apartment dwellers as well as elderly or disabled dog owners. Gentle, loyal, obedient and playful, they make great family dogs. Because of their strong ratting instinct, they are not suitable for households with pet rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, or other small animals.

Good with other dogs? Yes

Good watchdog? Yes

OK in apartments? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: obedience, agility

Known health problems: Cariomyopathy, von Willebrand's disease, sensitivity to anesthetics.

Recommended books for further reading:

Manchester Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Muriel P. Lee and Michael Trafford
Published in 2007
154 pages

Manchester Terrier: A Complete & Reliable Handbook
By Phil Shane and Pat Dresser
Published in 1999
93 pages

Toy Manchester Terrier (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Peter Brown
Published in 2003
158 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
American Manchester Terrier Club
Wikipedia breed information page
American Manchester Terrier Club Rescue

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