BREED STANDARD OF THE MANCHESTER TERRIER
Approved by the (British) kennel Club 1994
Compact,elegant and sound with substance.
Keen,alert,gay and sporting.
Discerning and devoted.
HEAD AND SKULL
Long skull,flat and narrow,level and wedge shaped without showing cheek muscles, well tilled up under eyes,with tapering,tight lipped mouth.
Small, dark and sparkling. Almond shaped, not prominent.
Small and "V" shaped, carried well above top line of head and hanging close to head above eyes.
Jaws level with pefect scissor bite i.e.upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
Fairly long and tapering from ahoulder to head,sligtly arched at crest, free from throatiness.
Shoulders clean and well sloped. Front narrow and deep. Forelegs quite straight, set on well under dog and of proportionate lenght to body.
Short with well sprungribs, slightly arched over the loin and cut up behind ribs.
Strong and muscolar, well bent at stifle.
Hind legs neither cow hocked nor with feet turned in.
Small, semi-hare footed and strong with well arched toes.
Short and set on where arch of back ends, thick where it joins body, tapering to a point, carried not higher than level of back.
Straight, free and balanced with good reach in forequarters and driving power behind.
Close, smooth and glossy, of firm texure.
Jet black and rich mahogany tan, distribuited as follows: on HEAD: muzzle tanned to nose, nose and nasal bone jet black.
Small tan pot on each ceek and above each eye, under jaw and throat tanned with distinct tan 'V'.
LEGS: from knee dawnward tanned with exception of toes which shall be penciled with black and distinct mark (thumb mark) immediately above feet.
Inside hind legs tanned but divided with black at stifle joint.
Under tail tanned, vent tanned by marking as narrow as possible so that it is covered by tail. A slight tan mark on each side of chest.
Tan outside hind legs, commonly called breeching, is underisable. In ALL cases black should not run into tan and vice versa, but division between colours clesrly defined.
Ideal height at shoulder:
Dogs 41 cm. (16 inches)
Bitches 38 cm. (15 inches)
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descendedinto the scrotum.