BREED DESCRIPTION & INFORMATION
Am/Can/Int'l CH Saint Lazar's Southern Belle (Bella)
Photo Courtesy of: Ebet Manchesters
Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.
Should not exceed 12 lbs (5.5 kg)
The Toy Manchester Terrier was developed from the Old English Black and Tan Terrier, as was the Manchester Terrier. And, like the Manchester Terrier, the Toy was a successful ratter despite his small stature.
In Canada and the United States, Manchester Terriers are either "Standard" or "Toy". While the Standard Manchester weighs between 12 and 22 pounds (5.5 to 11 kg), the Toy version should weigh less than 12 pounds (5.5 kg) and, in the Toy variety only the naturally erect ear type is acceptable while the Standard's ear type may be either cropped, button or naturally erect.
The Toy Manchester is neither agressive nor shy. He is devoted, discerning and observant to everything around him. Packed into his sleek muscular body is a great deal of power and agility.
His coat is short, smooth, thick, dense, close and glossy and he is jet black in colour with markings in rich mahogany tan.
If you are considering the adoption of a Toy Manchester Terrier puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Canadian Manchester Terrier Club Health Research
- Health Overview from the Canadian Manchester Terrier Club
- Health and Nutrition Growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
Photo Courtesy of Elevage NANROX Kennel
Both varieties of Manchester Terriers are fairly low maintenance. Their short, sleek coat does shed, however, and regular weekly brushing will reduce the amount of shedding as well as keep the coat glossy and shiny.
- Grooming This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Toy BreedsHousebreaking
- Training For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
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