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  1. What is the difference between the Standard and Toy Manchester Terrier?

    The Standard Manchester Terrier is a medium-sized dog, weighing between 12-22 pounds (5.4-10 kg). The Toy Manchester Terrier, as the name suggests, is a smaller version of the breed, weighing up to 12 pounds (5.4kg). In addition to the size difference, Standard Manchesters may have naturally erect, cropped, or button ears, while the Toy can only have erect ears.

  2. What is the temperament of a Manchester Terrier like?

    Manchester Terriers are highly intelligent, alert, and active dogs that require exercise and mental stimulation to stay happy and healthy. They are generally friendly and affectionate with their owners and other dogs, but can be wary of strangers. Early socialization and training are important to help them develop good manners and avoid any unwanted behaviors.

  3. Do Manchester Terriers shed a lot?

    Manchester Terriers have a short, smooth coat that sheds minimally, similar to eyelashes. They can make a good choice for people with allergies, but they are not considered hypo-allergenic.

  4. What is the grooming requirement for Manchester Terriers?

    Manchester Terriers require very little, a brush to remove loose hair and bathed as needed. Nail care is very important, and should be done on a regular basis.

  5. Are Manchester Terriers good with children?

    Manchester Terriers can be good with children if they are properly socialized and trained from a young age. They are devoted to their owners, including kids, and can make excellent "Juniors" dogs for kids interested in showing their dog.

  6. Are Manchester Terriers good with other pets?

    Manchester Terriers have a high prey drive and may not be suitable for homes with small pets, such as cats or rodents. They generally enjoy the company of other dogs both large and small, although some may not get along with other dogs of the same sex.

  7. Are Manchester Terriers easy to train?

    Manchester Terriers are highly intelligent dogs that respond well to positive reinforcement training. They excel in most dog sport venues and make excellent companions for the active household.

  8. Do Manchester Terriers make good apartment dogs?

    Some Manchester Terriers can adapt well to apartment living if given enough exercise and mental stimulation. However, they can be vocal, which is not a great trait for dogs living in close proximity to others.

  9. How Much Do Manchester Terriers Cost?

    A Manchester Terrier puppy typically sells between $2,000-$3,400 Canadian ($1,500-$2,500 USD). Responsible breeders will screen their buyers carefully to ensure a Manchester is a good match for the household. Puppies are sold with contracts to look out for the best interests of the puppy, including the Breeder taking back the puppy if the owner can no longer care for it. Learn why puppies cost so much.

  10. How long do Manchester Terriers live?

    The lifespan of a Manchester Terrier is typically 12-16 years. With proper care, diet, and exercise, they can live a long and healthy life.

  11. What are some common health issues that Manchester Terriers face?

    Manchester Terriers are generally a very healthy, long-lived breed with a relatively low instance of inheritable diseases. There are some things that Breeders are aware of that don't yet have screening tests, including seasonal alopecia and protein-losing diseases.

  12. What is the CHIC program, and what are the requirements for the Manchester Terrier?

    The OFA created the Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) by partnering with participating parent clubs to research and maintain information on the health issues prevalent in specific breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with that protocol are recognized with a CHIC number and certification. The CHIC program is a voluntary program, and breeders may choose to follow some or all of the recommended testing requirements.

    For Standard Manchester Terriers, the CHIC program requires the following health testing:

    • Autoimmune thyroiditis - Thyroid Evaluation from an approved lab
    • Cardiac Evaluation - Basic, Standard, or Advanced Cardiac Exam
    • von Willebrand Disease Type 1 (vWD1) - DNA-based vWD test from an approved lab
    • ACVO Eye Exam - ACVO Eye Examination (formerly CERF)
      In addition to the above required tests, the CHIC program also recomends the following optional tests:
      • Legg-Calve-Perthes - OFA Legg-Calve-Perthes Evaluation
      • Patellar Luxation - Veterinary Evaluation of Patellar Luxation. Results registered with OFA.
      • Congenital Deafness - B.A.E.R. hearing test. Results registered with OFA.
      • Juvenile Dialated Cardiomyopathy (JDCM) - DNA-based JDC test from an approved lab
      • Xanthinuria type 2a (XU2a) - DNA-based XU2a test from an approved lab

    For Toy Manchester Terriers, the CHIC program requires the following health testing:

    • Legg-Calve-Perthes - OFA Legg-Calve-Perthes Radiographic Evaluation
    • Autoimmune thyroiditis - Thyroid Evaluation from an approved lab
    • von Willebrand Disease Type 1 (vWD1) - DNA-based vWD test from an approved lab
    • Juvenile Dialated Cardiomyopathy (JDCM) - DNA-based JDC test from an approved lab
    • Xanthinuria type 2a (XU2a) - DNA-based XU2a test from an approved lab
      In addition to the above required tests, the CHIC program also recomends the following optional tests:
      • Patellar Luxation - Veterinary Evaluation of Patellar Luxation. Results registered with OFA.
      • ACVO Eye Exam - ACVO Eye Examination (formerly CERF)
      • Cardiac Evaluation - Basic, Standard, or Advanced Cardiac Exam

    Breeders who follow the CHIC program submit the results of these health tests to the OFA database. This allows potential puppy buyers and fellow breeders to research the health history of a breeder's dogs and make informed decisions about where to purchase a puppy. While participating in the CHIC program is not a guarantee that a dog will be free of health issues, it is a good indicator that the breeder is taking steps to reduce the incidence of genetic health problems in their breeding program. It's also important to note that a Breeder may be performing all these tests, and choose not to submit the results to OFA. These test results are no less valid just because they do not appear on the OFA website.

  13. What is your approach to raising Manchester Terrier puppies?

    My approach to raising Manchester Terrier puppies is to ensure that they are happy, confident, and prepared for the world ahead of them. I follow Puppy Culture and AviDog principles, which include early neurological stimulation, enriching environments, early socialization, and more.

  14. What type of training do the puppies receive before they go to their new homes?

    The puppies receive early training in house training, crate training, leash walking, and basic obedience. They are also introduced to clicker training and the foundations for learning are built and reinforced in their first few weeks of life.

  15. What is included in the puppy pack that comes with each Manchester Terrier puppy?

    Each puppy pack includes a clicker, a sampling of food and treats to help the puppy transition to their new home, a collar and tag, a 3-generation pedigree, and registration documents. It also includes handouts and a blanket that smells like Mom/siblings.

  16. How do you find new homes for your Manchester Terrier puppies?

    I screen and interviews potential puppy buyers, asks about their daily routine, family, and their hopes and plans for the puppy to ensure they get the best puppy to match their lifestyle. Then, I evaluates the puppies at eight weeks of age and make decisions on placement based on their temperament and characteristics.

  17. Is there a contract that comes with each Manchester Terrier puppy, and what does it cover?

    Yes, each puppy has a contract that outlines the terms and conditions of the sale, including the health guarantee and other obligations. I review the agreement in detail with each puppy buyer to ensure they fully understand the provisions. Additionally, each puppy is microchipped and individually registered with the CKC.

  18. Can I come visit your Manchester Terriers?

    I don't have a kennel facility; my dogs live with me in my home. Because of this, I do not invite strangers into my house for an initial meeting. I would be happy to chat with you in a more public setting, at a dog show, a coffee shop or park, or through a video chat if you're outside the Moncton area. Once I have screened and interviewed a potential puppy buyer, they may visit my home by invitation.

  19. Do you offer shipping on your Manchester Terriers?

    Although I prefer buyers to collect their Manchester Terrier puppy in person, shipping options are available, such as flying with a flight nanny, or ground transportation with a reliable and insured shipper. If flying is the preferred option, the closest airport to us is Greater Moncton Roméo LeBlanc International Airport.

  20. How much does it cost to ship a puppy?

    The cost of shipping a puppy depends on various factors, including the distance of travel, the puppy's size and weight, the method of transportation, and even the season. Although I will assist in selecting the most appropriate shipping method, the buyer bears the responsibility of all shipping costs. To prevent unforeseen expenses, I suggest that buyers inquire about shipping options to their area and confirm that they fit within their budget. Certain transportation modes may necessitate special crates or extra fees, so it's essential to plan ahead.