Manchester Terrier Association

Manchester Terrier 17/07/2020

Wow what a photograph competition that proved to be on the MTA facebook page, some fantastic photos of dogs entered from all around the world, really bringing the World of Manchester Terriers to life. Fantastic feedback from the contestants and judges, the facebook page was buzzing. See all the results on full on the Clubs website. The calendar competition is now in full swing, with I believe 4 of the months already sorted.

It would appear that another online picture competition (ETT & Manchester Terriers) was not as fortunate and was temporarily shut down by Facebook when someone reported it as it was abusive and a selling page. The organiser has now decided it will close down for a few months, surely FB can investigate and find out who the internet warrior is. If something on FB isn’t for you or you cant leave a positive comment, then just jog on to the next post / group.

The BMTC VSOF continues, with the fancy dress section been judged and now moving on to clever dogs videos, theres some good ones.

Jayne Talbot and her bitch ‘Livewire ‘had some more positive news, after her biking injury, with her been featured in the Our Dogs online show winners gallery section, a nice little boost to morale & well done.

Would appear that everything is getting back to normal(ish) now, with ringrafts, training classes and walks all coming to the fore, so get out there, enjot the Summer and enjoy your Manchesters.

The Kennel Club held a Webinar for all the breeds ‘Breed Education Coordinators’ where clarity was provided on the format and requirements of the new ‘Judges Education Programme’, anyone requiring a full update are advised to contact the Breed BEC Gillian Knight or check out the KC website. Whether you are a seasoned judge or someone interested in starting the steps to the judging world.

The Kennel Club recently held their AGM, it was behind closed doors, with no members in attendance, all voting was either online or via mail, prior to the meeting, I think this will be the way forward for a lot of clubs, several questions were raised that I think were rather valid. One been why cannot the AGM be held outside of London. London is a difficult place to get to, has no parking facilities and is not ideal for Covid prevention. The other related to the AHT, where the Manchester Terrier testing records were held… “Will the Genetics Centre continue whatever happens to the AHT as a whole?                          

We are committed to continuing to improve canine health via genetic research and preserving the work achieved at the Kennel Club Genetics Centre. We and the KCCT will be discussing the future preservation of the work, research and tests with the AHT Trustees as part of this aim.”


A poll on the MTA facebook page generated a lot of interest and debate around ‘phantoms’ in the breed. Without going through all the details, it was apparent that the instances within the breed appears to be higher than in other terrier breeds for example. Not that many having full blown mothering instinctive phantoms, but lots becoming bloated, starting to produce milk and generally in a mood. Certainly in my view, above the number / symptoms that you would expect to see as part of the normal bitch cycle.


Bournemouth schedule and Risk Assessment may be downloaded using this link:  This shows that Terriers are to be judged on Sunday 4th October 2020 at Pikes Farm, Organford Lane, Organford, Nr Poole, Dorset BH16 6ES. 

The schedule advises regarding SOCIAL DISTANCING that "Exhibitors enter this show at their own risk. Please observe social distancing as per Government guidelines. CANCELLATION Should Bournemouth Canine Association be cancelled due to circumstances beyond the control of the committee, a £5.00 administration charge will be deducted from any refunds given." And also "YOU MAY ENTER THIS SHOW ONLINE at Online entries may be made up to midday on Thursday 8th September 2020 Please note: There is a £5 administration charge for changes to online entries. Online entries made after 1st September 2020 will incur a surcharge of £2.00."

Postal entries close Tuesday, 1st September 2020 (Postmark) and on-line entries up to 12 noon on 8th September 2020, as per the previous paragraph. Entries and Fees which must be pre-paid should be sent to: Bournemouth Canine Association, c/o Higham Press Ltd. New Street, Higham, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 6BP. Tel: 01773 832390 Online entries at Enquiries to: Mrs. Sally Duffin - Tel: 01258 857721 -



In light of the coronavirus outbreak we have applied and been granted a new date for our show which is on the 25th/ 26th/ 27th September 2020,

A new on-line schedule will have to be produced with a few changes of judges which we will notify you on this site once we have acceptance from the new judges.

unfortunately we cannot print a new schedule due to time scale and no shows to distribute at, the entry will be open until the monday 31st August 2020 on-line only, however paper entries will be acepted no later than Monday the 24th August 2020 (postmark)



It seems strange advising details of entries closing again. I know a lot of you have mixed feelings about the shows, with some being eager to show again and others not happy about attending shows yet. Whatever your thoughts, I hope you all wish the exhibitors and judges well at both Blackpool and Bournemouth and that everyone stays safe in these uncertain times. The societies will have / will be putting a lot of work in to make these shows work and will rely as usual for individuals to help out in varying types of capacities.

Both shows are putting designated areas available for exhibitors to erect 2m x 2m tents. 


As soon as there is any update on the indoor LKA show at the NEC, I will advise, it may not be as simple, however, as I type this more restrictions have been lifted and it would appear that August sees most things returning to some normality. Hopefully come the end of the year or sooner, freedom is returned, for those who wish to brave it.


Just a Manchester…

This week the questions fall to Bev O’Neill to provide the answers

When did you first become involved in Manchesters?1985.

Why Manchesters?   I was helping a lady who had driving ponies and she had two Manchester’s who would run along side the carts. They were Eaglespur dogs. 

Do you currently own any Manchesters, and if so how many?  Yes three.

Do you have any other dogs?  No.

If you breed what do you consider the most important factors when considering a potential litter? It has to be Temperament, confirmation and health all equally as important as each other.

Who would you consider as your mentor in the early days? Nerolie De Lavis Trafford, although she was a bit “prickly” in her ways, she was very knowledgeable.

When did you start showing and was your first breed Manchesters?       Around 1987, my first being called Wobe Tideus.   

When did you accept your first judging appointment? London and Home Counties open show 1992.

How many times have you awarded CC’s   -  Eight.

Do you judge other breeds? Yes Irish Terriers and all Terrier breeds at open show level.

Who are your favourite Manchesters from the past that (1) you owned yourself and (2) that belonged to another person? 1)  Ch Magellan Jack of All Trades, he was a super dog and had wonderful confirmation.  Megellan Freerunner, he was very smart, lovely markings and threw better dogs than himself.  2)  Tyburn Iris Nimble Feet and Tyburn Zante.

If you exhibit your Manchesters how many shows do you exhibit at per year – or do you show selectively under judges because you value their opinion?  I haven’t been showing much recently, however I don’t go any further north than Birmingham.

What are your greatest achievements in the show ring?  Best in Show at the club open show with Ch Magellan jack of All Trades in 1996 then one better in 1997 winning BIS at the club Championship show under Mr Peter Eva has to be the ultimate.

What are your greatest achievements outside of dogs.  Becoming a qualified “saddle” adjuster. Also looking after the Shire horses at the Farm museum, I used to take one of them down to the pub for a quickie, but they are so intelligent, then he got so used to it he took me and wouldn’t leave until half an hour was up.

If you could offer advice to anyone showing or breeding Manchesters what would it be? 

Look after your dogs and keep them in tip top condition, give then plenty of road work...... and don’t use harnesses as it pulls their front out..

Standard Corner : Characteristics ; keen, alert, gay and sporting.

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

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Mark Walshaw JANMARK