Manchester terrier


Manchester terrier - Group III - Terriers, Section 1 - Large and medium sized Terriers.

General Appearance:

Although today's Manchester terrier is exclusively companion breed, it is still very courageous, very sharp (especially to small beasts, rats and mice), it is an excellent guard and defender. Character is a cheerful, good-natured, friendly, lively, soulful, intelligent, cunning and even docile. To owner is absolutely faithful and loyal, but at the same time it can also be quite separate. Its action is agile, keen and watchful.


It likes making its owner happy - it learns willingly and quickly, well manages training for competitions in agility, but also obedience. In its agility, liveliness and activity, it necessarily needs some regular job training any dog sport it is the best purpose in its life. It works with enthusiasm and pleasure. If it does not have physical and mental activities, it can, especially if it must be home alone, bored, and then it barks unnecessarily or behaves destructively.

This breed suits for people who are active, talented natural authority which is able to sense and respect. For its relentless creative energy it may not suit to people who love peace and comfort. Its education must be nice, but consistent. Equally essential is the widest and early socialization. Its natural features - sharpness, courage and self-confidence - in the wrong education and insufficient or missing socialization it can lead to aggression, and against unknown persons and dogs.

Its hunting instinct, although in practice for quite a long time it does not apply, it is still strong, and therefore is not a suitable partner for coexistence with other home domestic pets (guinea pigs and others. rodents, dwarf rabbits, ferrets). This breed gets well with children if it knows them from early age. Well behaved and properly care Manchester terrier is an excellent companion for owners.


It is a compact dog sleek body and matching substance (forces) bursting with energy. Ideal height at withers, male is 40 to 41 cm and female about 38 cm.
The head is generally wedge, straight lines, without significant muscular cheeks. The skull should be long and narrow flat above. Under the eyes must be properly filled (slack). Muzzle should be pointed at the end. The nose is deep black.

Jaws level, with perfect and regular scissor bite, which means that upper teeth closely overlapping down ones, both of which are planted vertically in the jaws. Lips are tight to the jaw and teeth.

The eyes are small, dark and sparkling, almond shaped, may not be prominent. Earlobes should be small, tilted forward, "V", carried high enough above the upper line of the skull and attached tightly to the head above the eyes.

The neck should be fairly long, from the shoulder towards the head tapers. Neck is slightly arched, the skin on the neck without dewlap. Body has to be short. Topline of body is in the loin, slightly convex.

The tail should be short and to form a smooth continuation. At the root is strong, towards the tip tapers and must not be carried above the top line of the body.
Chest front should be narrow and deep. The ribs are well sprung. The bottom line of the body behind the ribs increases towards the rear. The forelegs should be perfectly straight, in the position directly under the body. Their length is proportional to the hull. Shoulders must be bulging to the sides (i.e. over muscled) blades are properly oblique.

The hindquarters should be strong and muscular. Knees should be bent properly. Hocks not even be convergent (side is the "cow" position to "X") or divergent (and "barrel" attitude - in "O" - is undesirable). Feet are small, short oval-shaped, strong, well arched toes. They should neither be turned in (as when called cow position) or out (as an attitude of "barrel-shaped").

Movement is pointing straight forward, it is free and balanced. Action forelegs must be abundant, are the source of massive pelvic forward driving force (reflection).
The coat is called closed (perfectly fitting), smooth, short and glossy, solid structures. Colour should be solid black with a dark tan (tan points). Tan is stained muzzle to nose, nose and nasal bridge.  However, it is solid black with small tan markings on the cheeks and above the eyes. The lower jaw is tan and the colour transferred to the throat, where it forms a distinct stain "V" tip pointing downwards.

The front legs are tan front from foot to wrist, on the inside and back then continues tan below elbows. On each finger is a thin black line in the middle metatarsal and under the chin in the tan a distinct black spot called thumb mark. The hindquarters are tan on the front and inside. Amid shin splits tan transverse black stripe. Rich tan colour on the outside of the hind legs, called breeching, it is undesirable. Fingers on the upper side, there is a dark stripe.

Underside of the tail is tan. Tan markings around the anus should preferably be as narrow as possible so that it is covered by the tail. Light tan markings on both sides of the chest. The black colour should never turn seamlessly into the tan, the interfaces between them they are to be distinct and sharp.