Manchester Terrier Association

Manchester Terrier 12/09/2020

Well we are back to very uncertain times now due to this horrid pandemic and guess we will be never be back to the same normality as previous. Masks I guess will become the norm and social distancing will continue going forward.

I received a email from the KC asking if I would be willing to steward again this year for them at Crufts, so at least that is positive news and they are still pressing forward with their plans for this prestigious show. Crufts means so much to a lot of people in dogs, personally, I prefer to be there without the dogs. Its all a bit chewy for me. I love the excitement of showing on the green carpets and have also been honoured to have taken top honours in a breed, have also been in the mail ring on several occasions and that is a buzz. Its just the busyness of the show that I dislike. That said, it is always good to meet up with the overseas exhibitors for a quick natter.

News is very thin on the ground at the moment, I wont begin to guess if any shows will or will not go ahead as planned, because intruth, I am the same as everyone else and I don’t have a clue.

I noticed on facebook several posts touching on the subject of Renal Failure in the breed, something that I believe has had a small effect on the breed over the years. I decided to do some searching on the internet for any info that may be available. The only beneficial item I discovered was a report from Mr Jeff Sampson, completed on behalf of the BMTC some 10 years ago, highlighting that renal failure was the 3rd highest cause of mortality in Manchesters. Of the 96 deaths that were advised, 10 were due to renal failure. The two that topped this were old age (25) & Cancer (21). It also states in the report that these results are similar to those of a survey completed in 2004 (come 16 years ago). I could find no links to any further info from the Health Group, nor on any club websites, it would be interesting to know how these results have been taken forward and any actions that have been taken. Maybe someone will provide upto date details and I can publish.

This week would normally be Darlington Championship Dog Show at Ripon Racecourse. Now an all breed championship dog show and I can proudly say one of the best on the circuit. Looking back in the records, 20 years ago, no Ccs were on offer and a turnout of only 7 dogs (from 2 owners) gave the following results for the judge Mrs Z R Wallace.

Best Dog : Mr & Mrs N H & Mr W H NORRIS Ch Brookstream Beamish
Res Best Dog : Mrs F GOODMAN Atlantic Storm
Best Bitch : Mr & Mrs N H & Mr W H NORRIS Ch Brookstream Bedazzled
Res Best Bitch : Mr & Mrs N H & Mr W H NORRIS Brookstream Becharmed
BEST OF BREED : Mr & Mrs N H & Mr W H NORRIS Ch Brookstream Beamish

There were no puppies or veterans.

Please get in touch and send any info to myself on the breed or dog talk in general, don’t be afraid to mail me with your personal stories, think everyone likes to listen to doggy chat, whilst are we still in these more confining times.


I am readily contactable with your news by any of the following means:

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Mark Walshaw JANMARK