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Pause for Paws » Dog Breeds http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk Entertaining and educating pet lovers Sun, 04 Oct 2015 23:46:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.20 Do Germans love German Shepherds? http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/09/01/do-germans-love-german-shepherds/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/09/01/do-germans-love-german-shepherds/#comments Fri, 01 Sep 2006 20:29:17 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/09/01/do-germans-love-german-shepherds/ I had to laugh when asked if Germans love this breed of dog (also known as Alsatian or natively Deutscher Schaferhund). So I thought I’d better look into the issue. I never used to be sure what the difference between an Alsatian and a German shepherd is, ask anyone and you’ll get a different answer each time. I’ve finally settled on the idea that they are one and the same.

Anyway, a quick search on Google.de for native German pages and native German language pages reveals a TONNE of pages on the subject. None of which I can understand… so that’s a “yes” in answer to the question :)

Swicki: German Shepherd

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What would a Shih Tzu Daschund mix look like? http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/18/what-would-a-shih-tzu-daschund-mix-look-like/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/18/what-would-a-shih-tzu-daschund-mix-look-like/#comments Fri, 18 Aug 2006 21:31:31 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/18/what-would-a-shih-tzu-daschund-mix-look-like/ For some reason, someone came to this site looking for “shih tzu dachshund mix”. Quite how they ended up here I’m not sure but it’s an interesting mix… well not as interesting as the Shih Tzu / Doberman mix that I first thought it was. Anyways, Shih Tzh dogs are cool, we were going to get one once. So then cross these two…

Perhaps something like this little fella from Buy Puppies Direct who looks dead cute. In this case, his mother was the Dachshund his father the Shih-Tzu.

Dashund Shih Tzu Cross

Or perhaps these little chaps I found over on Litter Ads, almost as tiny as the real thing! (I think the ad those dogs are from is long gone):

shih-tzh-dashund

That’s all I can find at the moment, if you have any pictures then let me know in the comments below!

Swicki: Shih tzu / Dachshund mix

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Australian Shepherds, sofas and singing! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/12/australian-shepherds-sofas-and-singing/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/12/australian-shepherds-sofas-and-singing/#comments Sat, 12 Aug 2006 06:16:33 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2006/08/12/australian-shepherds-sofas-and-singing/

I was actually looking for a serious description of and Australian shepherd to post on this site – in honour of our “Blue”. Who is not 7 months old. Instead I found this story by Pet Illustrator Connie Bowen of her two Aussie shepherds and they sound just like Blue. Especially the part about the gradually dismantled sofa and the furry cheer leader team! (Our other dog, Ollie, plays the part two but his singing voice isn’t as tuneful!) :)

Dog Behavior – Our Two Australian Shepherd Puppies And The White Couch

I had heard about a Sunday evening spiritual gathering in my neighborhood and was curious to go and make some new friends. My husband and son decided to stay home so I went along looking forward to a quiet evening with like-minded folks. I arrived right on time and was greeted by my gracious hostess. As I entered the lovely living room, I actually screamed when I saw it! A pristine, white couch! The couple’s Persian rugs still had all the fringe and the rungs on their wooden chairs were without bite marks. Their woodwork had no scratches or mud spatters and their screen door was still in tact! Right then and there I made the decision; these people could not survive one minute in my house.

That’s because the day our two Australian Shepherd puppies, Jesse and Harley, came into our lives was the day “that lived-in look” took on new meaning. Old towels now cover our kitchen wall and floor beside the newly installed “doggie door.” Our spring flowers lost their blooms to curious taste buds long ago and the grass in our large backyard has all but turned to mud.

Trying to keep Jesse and Harley off the couch is like learning to fly by jumping off a cliff. We tried our round of obedience classes and agility training. We devoured the stack of dog books written by experts who ran the gamut in their advice from throwing a rolled up magazine at the dogs to ignoring them completely. As I stare at the once matching wicker tables and couch that have been dismantled piece by piece, I literally drool with anticipation remembering that day at the dog park when I heard one lady’s hopeful story who told us her 3 year old Aussie is a couch potato and loves to sleep and take it easy! Under threat of attack to our remaining furniture, we now schedule the dogs’ daily exercise time into our day timer right beside our other appointments.

All in all, would I turn back the clock if I had it to do all over again? Would I drive right by that open gate and leave that purebred Aussie trail behind?

What would my life be like without the smile on my young son’s face as he wakes up every morning to his own furry cheerleading team? And when he stands in the living room with a handful of treats authoritatively spouting, “Sit! Now down! Come and sit! Hey, Mom, did you see that? They did it!” How could I even think of such a thing? Would I miss that sign my doorbell wears, “Don’t ring. It makes the dogs go crazy”?

As I contemplate my life this past year, I look out the French doors to what’s left of our backyard and I experience that rare moment when our puppies are lying side by side in a one-in-a-million pose with the sun gleaming on their fur and their noses tipped up to catch the cool morning breeze, and I remind myself, who needs a white couch, anyway?

Pet Portrait Artist and Professional Illustrator Connie Bowen creates stunning pet portrait paintings on canvas from photos. Specializing in capturing the spiritual nature of dogs, cats, horses and other animals in a realistic fashion with impressionistic backgrounds as seen on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s TV show, Art Beat. Over 200 pet portraits completed and counting! Visit http://www.conniebowen.com to view exquisite samples.


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Border Collie Complete Profile http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/15/border-collie-complete-profile/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/15/border-collie-complete-profile/#comments Tue, 15 Nov 2005 17:15:45 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/11/15/border-collie-complete-profile/

I can’t believe that we’ve had Ollie all this time and I’ve not put up a profile of a Border Collie on this site. This profile of a Collie comes courtesy of Dooziedog.com

Key Facts:

Size: Small – medium Height: 46 – 53 cm (18 – 21 inches)
Weight: 16 – 22 kg (35 – 48 lb)
Life Span: 15 years
Grooming: Medium
Exercise: Demanding
Feeding: Medium
Temperament: Very alert & trainable
Country of Origin: England
AKC Group: Herding

Temperament: The Border Collie is alert, keen, intelligent, faithful, hard-working and responsive. Border Collies have remarkable stamina and thrive on activity and working situations, rather than a domestic household environment. They are able to adapt to family life, so long as their need for company and exercise is met. Border Collies demands exercise for their muscles just as much as for their brain. Border Collies are very trainable and get on well with children if socialized from puppyhood. They make great watchdogs and are wary of strangers.

Grooming: Weekly brushing is enough to keep the coat of a Border Collie looking healthy.

Exercise: Physical exercise is not enough for this breed. Border Collies need to work, doing various tasks. Border Collies are represented among the top, in competitive sports such as agility, obedience and sheep dog trials. An idle dog will become very badly behaved and even aggressive.

History: During the 16th century, around the border countries of England, Scotland and Wales, farmers concentrated on developing a top class sheep worker with a natural instinct for keeping their charges together. They succeeded and produced an all round dog excelling in stamina, brains and sensitivity to every gesture made by their master. The Border Collie was once known as the English Shepherd and evolved from smooth coated collies, a longer coated black/white collie and the Bearded Collie. The word ‘collie’ is believed to be a corruption of the words ‘colley’ or ‘coalie’ meaning a black faced sheep.

Physical Characteristics:

General Appearance: Agile, intelligent and swift Colour: Black/white, blue/white, chocolate/white or tricolour. Coat: The outercoat is long and dense. The undercoat is short and thick. Tail: Low set, can have an upward swirl but is never carried over the back. Ears: Set well apart, V-shaped with the tips dropping forward. Body: Moderately long back, broad loins, deep flanks and well-angulated fore and hindquarters.

Additional Comments:

Border Collies are fine in a kennel, so long as they have daily activity and spend time with their owner. Border Collies make ideal working dogs and are perfect for anyone wanting to reach high levels in dog sports.
About the Author

This article provided courtesy of http://www.dooziedog.com/dog_breeds/border_collie/

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Children and small or toy dogs. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/13/children-and-small-or-toy-dogs/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/13/children-and-small-or-toy-dogs/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2005 16:38:51 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/10/13/children-and-small-or-toy-dogs/

People are often concered about getting a small dog when they have children, certainly that’s what a lot of people are searching on the net for information on when they end up at this site. So to fill a gap and help people out, I’ve chosen this article by Bill Knell. It is a no nonsense piece that states some very strong facts – like the behaviour of children to pets is very much modelled on how their parents treat the pets.

Children and Toy Dog Breeds: Fact Verses Fiction

Because my wife is a toy dog breeder, it isn’t unusual for her to get several calls a week from people who practically beg her to sell them a puppy. They cite their financial and social ability to care for the puppy and often try and avoid the question of children in the household. As a rule, my wife finds this humorous. People shouldn’t have to beg, fill out a twenty-page adoption application or hide the fact that they have children to purchase a puppy. It’s pet protection gone wild.

There isn’t an honest or ethical Dog Breeder in the world who would send a beloved pup to someone they had questions about. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult and not entirely lawful to make that kind of determination. In most States it’s technically illegal to provide some sort of ‘test’ for a consumer to be able to purchase a product. That comes later and isn’t the responsibility of the Breeder. A good example of a similar situation would be buying a car.

If a person has the cash or credit to purchase a vehicle and possesses a current drivers license, they get a car or the dealership gets sued in most places. The dealership can’t run a check to see how many DWI summonses the person has had or how many times they have been convicted of speeding or some other moving violation. If they drive their new vehicle in an irresponsible manner, it’s up to the Police and Courts to decide if they should continue to do so.

There’s a lot of difference between a living thing and a vehicle, but not in the eyes of most state laws. If a Breeder feels that a puppy may be in danger, they can always take the chance of reporting the new owner to animal protection authorities. Those authorities will come to the owner’s home and check on the welfare of the puppy. If the puppy is not being properly cared for, it will likely be removed from the premises. However, most people that spend a substantial amount of money for a puppy are unlikely to mistreat or fail to care for it.

The quest for the perfect puppy owner is an obsession with many Toy Dog Breeders. I have always viewed these people as being selfish. They would keep every puppy if they could and probably have more dogs then they should already. This type of person will tend to restrict purebred registrations fearing that someone else might benefit from their years of careful breeding by having a litter of their own. Their concern for animal welfare extends well beyond the norm, has more to do with their personal obsessions then anything else and doesn’t take into consideration the joy a puppy can bring into a new owner’s life. Breeders like these have no real loyalty to their customers and view them as a necessary evil to move out extra pups they cannot keep.

If someone who is looking for a toy dog breed puppy can get past the egos and obsessions of these kinds of Breeders, the next hurdle they are likely to face is passing the ‘children’ test. Many toy dog breeders refuse to sell their pups to people with children under the age of sixteen. Some will actually refuse to sell a puppy to anyone with children under twenty-one living in their household. That’s ironic when children are likely to benefit the most from caring for a puppy.

Children are not the enemy when it comes to the health of toy dog breeds. The enemy is owner apathy. To my knowledge, more puppies have been injured in households where there are no children then in those were kids are a part of the puppy care process. That’s because adults are busy and will often forget to feed and water their animals, leave them unattended for too long in places or temperatures dangerous for them or place them with pet sitters who can’t even care for a goldfish, let alone a dog.

While it would be unwise to leave very young children alone with a puppy of any size, most children can easily be taught how to care for one. As a parent with seven children, I can attest to this. In the many years that my wife has been breeding toy dogs, not one of our puppies has ever been injured (and certainly none by our kids). Just the opposite. Our children have helped care for the puppies and alerted my wife if one seemed sluggish or might need a change of diet.

The most common argument made against allowing children access to toy dog breeds or most any puppy is that a child shouldn’t be allowed to learn responsibility at the cost of the health or life of an animal. While no one would argue with that logic, one wonders if that should apply to all animals, or just dogs. After all, pet stores sell tens of thousands of fish, small reptiles, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and snakes to children every day. Are the lives of those pets any less precious or valuable then that of dogs?

In reality, puppies and adult dogs are much easier to care for then fish, reptiles, rats, mice, guinea pigs, hamsters and snakes. It would seem an obvious mistake to ask a child to take on the responsibility of caring for a high maintenance pet when a puppy or adult dog is available. It’s also wrong to believe that toy dog breeds can be far more fragile then larger ones. For example, more German Shepards become ill or die each year from low blood sugar issues then any single toy breed, despite the fact that people often associate that problem with smaller breed dogs.

When it comes to children and puppies, it’s all about rules no matter what size breed is chosen. Children learn by example. If adults in the home are responsible with pets, the kids will follow that example. Simple things like cleaning up after, feeding, watering and securing the location of a puppy are essentials that any child can easily be taught. Every one of my children learned how to take care of dogs by watching us. It didn’t take long for them to understand the importance of feeding, watering and cleaning up after a pet on schedule. After watching us take care of our dogs, they wanted to take part in the process and were happy to lend a hand. Our younger children learned from our older kids.

When considering the addition of a puppy to a household of any size, there are some basic considerations. The first and foremost being the ability of household members to train, care for and spend quality time with a pet. Puppies are not play things for people of any age. They are living creatures capable of a surprising number of feelings and emotions. The next important consideration is how all the members of your household will react to a new pet. Will the puppy be a welcomed addition, or a point of contention and jealousy? A puppy should bring joy into the lives of people, not more problems.

If the members of your household all agree that a puppy would be a good addition to the family and they are ready, willing and able to meet the emotional and physical requirements of a puppy, then start your search. However, it’s important for children and adults alike to understand that puppies and adult dogs need care, love and attention everyday of the year. Their needs do not take a break for vacations, holidays, school or work schedules.

Puppies of any size or breed can bring a huge amount of joy into a household. It’s wrong to believe that children are a threat to a toy dog’s safety or quality of life. More puppies of all sizes are killed or injured each year by falling or accidentally being flung out of cars and trucks then have ever been injured by children. That’s because adults fail to properly secure their pets in a vehicle. We’ve all seen the idiots who think it’s cute to allow their pets to hang out the window or be bounced around like loose groceries in the back of a van, SUV or pick-up.

If you ask them, most veterinarians will tell you that the vast majority of injuries to dogs of any size are caused by adults, not children. If injuries do occur because a child failed to secure their animal properly or got involved with some sort of rough play during which a pet was injured, they are far out-numbered by injuries involving dogs being watched or cared for by adults. After examining statistics compiled by various veterinarian organizations, rescue groups, breeders and government entities, I’ve found that more puppies and dogs die each year during routine teeth cleaning procedures in veterinary offices then are injured by children.

In the end, it’s not about the children, it’s about the adults in a household. If you do not have time to spend with your children, do not even consider bringing a puppy in as a replacement for your attention. You will not have the time needed to supervise your child as they learn to care for and train their new pet. If you do have enough time to teach your kids how to care for a puppy and supervise them throughout the process, it can be a wonderful experience for everyone involved (including the puppy).

About the Author:
Author: Bill Knell
Author’s Email: billknell@cox.net
Author’s Website: http://www.billknell.com/

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Top 10 dog breeds in the UK and the US http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/top-10-dog-breeds-in-the-uk-and-the-us/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/top-10-dog-breeds-in-the-uk-and-the-us/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2005 13:48:44 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/top-10-dog-breeds-in-the-uk-and-the-us/ I was reading over at the American Kennel Club website about the top breeds in the US and in the UK. They differ slightly, but both feature the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever and the German Shepherd. All three of which are big strong dogs, interestingly though the interest in smaller dogs is on the up. French Bulldogs, Brussels Griffon, Chinese Crested, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the Papillon all showing rising ownership.

The Top Ten for the UK were:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Cocker Spaniel (English)
  3. English Springer Spaniel
  4. German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)
  5. Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  6. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  7. Golden Retriever
  8. West Highland White Terrier
  9. Boxer
  10. Border Terrier

And for the US it was:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd Dog
  4. Beagle
  5. Yorkshire Terrier
  6. Dachshund
  7. Boxer
  8. Poodle
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Chihuahua

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6 Different Dog breeds you don’t know http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/6-different-dog-breeds-you-dont-know/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/6-different-dog-breeds-you-dont-know/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2005 08:59:02 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/26/6-different-dog-breeds-you-dont-know/ I was looking at the 10 ten most owned dogs in both the UK and the US the other day (I’ll post them later on). This got me thinking that the world would be a very boring place if all people wanted were German Shepherds, Retrievers, Spaniels and Bassets. This following article by Ispas Marin lists six dog breeds that are never found in the top ten lists. I didn’t recognise a single one of them!

Everybody has heard of the basset hound or the beagle. This type of dogs has proved to have many qualities or has been advertised a lot. The influence plays also an important role:if one of my friends. to whom I compete has just bought a pitbull, I should definitely bring about a Tossain. How about the Polish Owczarek Nizinny? i know nothing about it so this shouldn’t be my choice. There are many breeds of dogs left on this planet which prove to have more qualities, yet, are unpopular. This article will present you some of these breeds.

The affenpinscher

This is the smallest dog in the breed which also presented us the schnauzers. The affenpinscher is thought to be the most suitable for a family pet as it is very intelligent, easy to train of a good demeanor. They have a dark fur and have always shown affection to human beings.

The anatolian Shepherd

This dog breed is of a medium size and has proved to be very courageous. This breed is very powerful and loyal and it is used in U.S.A especially for military and hunting purposes.

The basenji

The dogs from this breed are medium sized muscular dogs and are also named the Africa Barkless Dogs. What is funny is that they ever bark because they don’t want to do so as researches have shown they are not mute.They are extremely known in Africa for their hunting skills.They are not suitable as family pets but their aversion to humans can be diminished if they are handled properly from an early age.

The Bouvier des Flandres

This small and steady dog breed is somewhat similar to the terrier one . Their fur is generally in dark shades and they have proved to be very calm. At the beginning they were bred as herders in France but nowadays they are used for police and military purposes, as well as guidance for blind persons.

The central Asian Ovtcharka

The Central Asian Ovtcharka includes only large and muscular dogs. They appear to be very loyal and fearless dogs with strong protective instincts which makes them being used as watchdogs. As any other large dog they have their ears and tail cut from an early age.

The Polish Owczarek Nizinny

This dog is of a medium size muscular dog with a long fur which covers its eyes. It can be used as a family pet, being very loyal, yet they shouldn’t be left alone because they are notorious for the ‘disasters’ they cause in this situation.

All in all what we do know is that many dog breeds are not so famous but they prove to have some qualities which cannot be surpassed. They may be great hunters or family pets; the idea is that we should pay much attention to them as they are really fantastic.

About the Author

For great information about dog breeders, dog breeds, dog books, dogs for sale, stud dogs, dog names, dog rescue, dogs wanted and missing dogs just visit us at http://www.Doggies.ca

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Benji, not a Manchester Terrier! http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/16/benji-not-a-manchester-terrier/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/16/benji-not-a-manchester-terrier/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2005 09:29:00 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/16/benji-not-a-manchester-terrier/ Mandy McFadden, from The British Manchester Terrier Club, writes to inform me that Benji (the dog that lost the race because of the call of nature) is not what he seems. Don’t worry, it’s not as sinister as I just made that sound! This is what she says:

“After looking at the picture of Benji, he is clearly not a Manchester Terrier.

It is also worth pointing out that the American standard is very different to the Uk standard. In the UK we have Manchester Terriers and the smaller English Toy Terriers are a separate breed. I suggest anybody trying to find out about dogs in the UK try the Kennel Club site.”

You can visit the links below for more info:

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German Shepherds and the very talkative Muppet. http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/12/german-shepherds-and-the-very-talkative-muppet/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/12/german-shepherds-and-the-very-talkative-muppet/#comments Sun, 11 Sep 2005 20:35:24 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/12/german-shepherds-and-the-very-talkative-muppet/ We visited the Dogs Trust in Salisbury the other day thinking of adopting a dog and pretty much fell in love with every dog there. We’re not after something as large as an Alsatian, but one there got my attention. He was called “Muppet” and he had a silly expression to suit! Mainly he kept my attention because we had a conversation for about five minutes, quite a verbal/yappying melee. With that in mind here’s an article describing German Shepherds by someone who goes by the name of Keith (I can’t find his second name).

People love big, protective and loving dogs and that’s why there are a lot of german sheperd breeders.

The German Shepherd is sometimes called an Alsatian because that’s where they originated in Germany. Many Germans still called them Deutscher Schaferhund because of their original sheepdog function but the breed is not very old and was really developed from a variety of sheep herding farm dogs in the late 1800s. In 1899 Max von Stephanitz, a German cavalry officer, was president of the first German Shepherd association in Germany. Since then German Shepherds have turned up all over the world and they came to the USA as early as 1908 where they were popular with the Red Cross, the police and as guard dogs.

This was partly because they are extremely loyal and courageous dogs and they are very intelligent and retain specialized training for a long time. Temperament is what ensures the usefulness of the German Shepherd and since this comes from good breeding it is essential to find a good and reputable breeder. With a bad temperament these dogs are a disaster. They are highly territorial and will know and recognize their people and place by about six months of age. This is when their protective loyalty starts to show itself!

There are many german sheperd breeders and you should have no problem finding a good one, but just remember that they come in a range of colors and will protect you no matter what!

They have proved a popular breed over the years for use in both the police force and as guard dogs for security companies. They have a very acute sense of hearing which means that they are invaluable to anyone wanting to protect both themselves and their property.Because they are a large dog they are a very useful deterrent against theives.

Author Info:

Keith has a keen love of nature and dogs having grown up in the English Kent countryside. Considered by many to be the garden of England. He has written many articles which can be found at http://www.dog-universe.com and http://www.dog-galaxy.com .

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What is the Manchester Terrier http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/10/what-is-the-manchester-terrier/ http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/10/what-is-the-manchester-terrier/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2005 10:21:57 +0000 http://www.pauseforpaws.co.uk/2005/09/10/what-is-the-manchester-terrier/ After yesterday’s post about the Benji the Manchester Terrier I thought I’d do some research on what a Manchester Terrier actually is. At first glance he looks like a smaller Dobmerman, sharing the colouring with that or a Rotweiler. A quick look on Wikipedia confirms this. Apparently a breed created in medieval times in the UK for the purposes of killing rats. The dog would be put in a pit with rats and punters would bet on how quickly he could kill the rats.

Further investigation would show that he could have been bred from the now extict Black and Tan terrier crossed with a Whippet for speed. Manchesterterrier.com goes further to say that the American Kennel Club recognises two varieties. These are the toy (weighing under 12 pounds) and the standard (which can weigh in between 12 and 22 pounds).

They apparently make good household pets being clean, virtually odorless and adaptable to both location and dietary needs.

See more at Manchester Terrier.com and also on Wikipedia

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