Manchester Terrier Association

Manchester Terrier 30/01/2021

BREEDS LIAISON COUNCIL MEETING 26 MAY 2021.The next meeting of the Kennel Club Breeds Liaison Council will be held on Wednesday 26 May 2021. Proposals for inclusion on the agenda should reach the Breeds Liaison Council Secretary by February 25. Each eligible society or an individual may submit items for the agenda, through a council representative (Mark Walshaw). Proposals must be concise and, if an amendment or an additional regulation is proposed, the regulation number must be given. All submissions must be signed by the society/individual and the representative.

A couple of judges announced for Manchester Terriers in Februarys KC Journal, these are, Richmond 2021, Mr Julian Barney and Bath 2022 is John Scanlan.

Surprised to see so many shows still been advertised in the Journal for February, including the BMTC show on 6th , even though the KC recommended that all shows be cancelled till at least 28th Feb. Hopefully we will get news shortly and the KC will be updated.

So I asked a couple of owners,  well what do we think of our Manchesters, here are the thoughts of a couple of the newer owners of the breed ….

Lottie Gross, the owner of arty, explains her thoughts on M/T’s ….. Manchesters are utterly unique. They have these strange little quirks - the burrowing of blankets, the love affair with the central heating - that make them an utter joy to have around. But they're also a challenge and I love that. They keep you on your toes because they're clever and wilful, but that also means they're easy (and fun) to train. There's something really rewarding in watching an MT learn new tricks and commands, and seeing them grow and mature. There are so many pros to owning a Manchester - the laughs, the affection, the great company - but there is one major con: those little black hairs just love to embed themselves in your bra. I am forever hoovering my undergarments! 

Next up its Gemma Corcoran, with her interpretation….. I don't think anything quite prepared me for being owned by a Manchester Terrier. To say they are a special breed of terrier would be an understatement. I was lucky to receive my puppy from an very experienced and supportive breeder who has been there to answer any and all of my questions and provide a wealth of information from their extended knowledge of the breed. Manchester's are more like people than dogs, they have an ability to observe all of the little things that go on in their world, from the good - having an emotional connection to their
owner and always being there to support and love them, to the bad - realising you've left the kitchen bin open and sneaking off and to dig through for any scraps that they feel should have been put in their bowl! They are so quick to learn -especially when food is involved- and that has been amazing for training, however I must admit i did not
realise how quick they are to learn and at times that has made certain puppy raising issues difficult as we all make mistakes when training, however luckily they are also forgiving providing you give them consistency. I was told by my breeder it is very important to socialise them young as with all young dogs and as such we have made sure to get her out as much as possible and get her used to people, dogs and the hustle and bustle of the streets, although with all of the socialising in the world my girl still feels the need to protect the house and bark at any stranger she sees walking too close to our garden fence. Having owned another breed of terrier for many years, introducing a Manchester to our lives has changed our methods of training and general outlook on owning and bringing up a puppy a lot. It's very safe to say our house would not be a home without one now.

Guess we are now in the period that some of our Manchesters are losing jacket, suffering from season Alopecia. How do others ‘treat’ it, or do you just wait for the new coat to come in, in the Spring. My dogs tend to lose it in the standard areas, ears, neck and top of tail. I tend to add sardines and various oils, dependant on what is available to their standard food. If you are concerned, do get it checked out with your vet, has it can be related to thyroid glands and other ailments.

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 we remain in these more confining times.

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

Facebook / Email: / telephone: 01287 652860 / face to face at all Champ shows.

Mark Walshaw JANMARK