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    Manchester Terrier |England|

    Manchester Terrier |England|

    The Manchester Terrier traces back to the original Black-and-Tan Terrier that was widespread by the sixteenth century. These dogs were less refined than the modern Manchester and were used to control huge populations of rats. They became associated with the mining areas of northern England, factories, wharves, and farms, eventually becoming known as the Manchester. During the nineteenth century, Whippet was introduced to the breed, making it faster and sleeker in appearance. They were popular for “ratting” in pits, but due to their elegant appearance, were also kept as pets by the middle and upper classes. Manchesters are devoted, loyal, and intelligent. They can be independent and are often reserved with strangers. The Toy Manchester Terrier was recognized by the AKC in 1958—the only difference between the two breeds beyond size (the Toy weighs less than 12 pounds) is that the Toy Manchester’s ears are pointed and erect.

    Manchester Terrier |England| Manchester Terrier |England|
    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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