The Manchester Terrier (a descendant of the Black & Tan Terrier) dates back to the reign of Elizabeth the first of England & is behind a lot of breeds we know today. Manchester is the name of a town in England.
Manchester terriers were used for ratting during the Great Plague. This epidemic was spread by rats. Before the days of "Rattex", people were employed as rat-catchers and they used dogs to kill the rats.
The dogs were also used to catch rabbits, which could be eaten, or sold to butchers.
Later the ratting became a sport and the Manchester terriers were used for game betting on rat killings in an arena. The breed was nearly extinct at one stage, but with careful breeding etc it is making a comeback and becoming popular again as a pet, showing, and doing extremely well at agility, with a team taking part at Crufts.
The coat is short, straight, and glossy.
Height at shoulder: 38 - 41 cm
Colour: black & tan. The markings are important on this breed. Notice the tan socks with single dark polka dot on each front leg! The predominant colour is black, and the mahogany/tan markings must present on legs, head, neck, and beneath the tail.
The tail is thin, carried high.