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

Firle Country Show – Sunday 19 August 2018

This coming w/e is the Firle Country Show, at Firle Place, East Sussex BN8 6NS (just off the A27 a little way East of Lewes). The British Manchester Terrier Club will have a breed presentation stand in the Rare Breeds marquee – we would love to see you and your Manchester Terrier at the event, or to tell you all about the breed if you are interested in learning more.

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Game Fair – Ragley Hall 27-29 July 2018

Sixteen eager Manchester Terriers together with twelve equally enthusiastic owners spent this weekend promoting the Breed at the 60th Game Fair held at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Actually, it was seventeen dogs and thirteen owners because the lovely Livewire enjoyed her first visit to the stand on Friday so much that she brought her owner, Jayne Judge back on Sunday to join in the Parade!

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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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