Along with being a great family member, the Manchester Terrier was bred for a purpose, to hunt and catch vermin.  It required an intelligent, agile dog that had a quick turn at speed and was fast. These attributes lend themselves to a range of different competitive dog activities that you can enjoy with your Manchester Terrier. We are seeing our versatile breed making themselves known in several Kennel Club (KC) and unaffiliated competitive sports and activities such as agility, flyball, racing, canicross, conformation showing, scent work and obedience.

However, there is a note of caution.  Although the Manchester was bred to work and their willingness to follow their owner combined with their athleticism, speed and exuberance makes them ideal for dog sports, they are a ‘TERRIER’.  They can have a mind of their own and sometimes will test you to the limit.  Training can therefore be a challenge especially in their juvenile years (up to 2.5yrs). However, most owners will say that this is what’s makes it so much fun to work with their dogs.

Information about some of these activities and contact details of Manchester owners involved in them are in the links.  If you are a Manchester Terrier owner involved with a dog sport/activity not listed please let us know and we will add it to our links.

Whatever the activity you decide to do with your Manchester have fun.

Activites News

Burghley Game and Country Fair – 27-28 May 2018

We had a very eventful few days promoting the breed at Burghley. The country fair is in a beautiful setting on the Burghley estate with the House and river as our backdrop.

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Congratulations to the Rat Catchers and Manchester Reunited Teams

Five teams attended the Obreedience heat at Ormskirk, held by FIT Dogs, on May 19th. It was a great day for Manchester Terriers. The Ratcatchers team came first, and Manchesters Reunited came second.

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Closing date for entries is 20 May 2018. If you want to join in all the fun and not just be a spectator you must complete an entry form. The forms can be found on the European Happening website No entries can be taken after this date.

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Hampshire Country Fair – 8-9 May

It was our first outdoor breed stand last weekend at Hampshire Country Fair at Netley Marsh and was it hot! hot! hot!

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Mannie Mooch – Sunday 13 May – Basingstoke Canal

There is a Mooch planned for Sunday 13th May at 10.30am at Basingstoke Canal Centre, Ash Vale, Surrey / Hampshire border, GU16 6DD. There is also the option for afternoon walk at The Ranges if the red flag is down.

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