|So you are ready to add a Manchester Terrier to your household...where do you begin? What do you look for when trying to find just the right breeder and puppy? Below are some questions that give you an idea of what you should be asking when trying to locate an ethical and reputable breeder...the main thing? Ask anything you feel the need to. A reputable breeder should be able to be up front with you no matter what you ask. Please, feel free to download and print out the WORD version of these questions so that you might have them at hand when visiting with various breeders.
Remember, a truly reputable and ethical breeder will only have two or possibly three litters a year and should not have multiple stud dogs or brood bitches in residence. An ethical and reputable breeder will not have multiple litters 'on the ground' at one time or several litters due within a short time frame. ALL manchester terriers, whether standard and toy variety, should be vWD (vonWilldebrand's Disease) tested to see if they are clear, carrier or affected (for information pertaining to vWD, click here). Some toy manchester breeders do not test for vWD believing it is not associated with the toy variety, so if you are considering a toy manchester, be sure you ask for official recognized documentation of vWD testing of your puppy/dog. This information is a must when you neuter or spay your dog or have any surgical procedure done on your Manchester. Their dogs should not spend a majority of their life living in kennel buildings and kennel runs. Photos of a breeder's kennels and dogs, that you may see as your browse the internet, may look wonderful but ask yourself...how can so many dogs receive the love, attention and proper care they need and crave? How can so many dogs be well and properly socialized and have proper temperament? How can all of these dogs adjust to living in a home with adults and children around them? How do all of the dogs receive the 'one on one' attention they crave? Manchesters do not do well when raised in or living in a kennel situation. They are house and family oriented dogs. Manchesters truly are devoted 'people' dogs and they need to be with 'their people' as much as possible. They thrive on the love and attention given them by their family members. After all, isn't that why you are looking for a Manchester to share your life?
Click Here To Download These Questions in WORD format.
1) Do you belong to and are you a member in good standing with the breed's Parent Club? Why or why not?
|In your quest to locate just the "right" breeder, your best option is to contact those persons that have been involved with a specific dog breed for several years whether they are currently breeding or not. They have the knowledge and expertise to answer any questions you might have and will be upfront with you concerning all aspects of the breed - positive and negative - since not all breeds are suitable for everyone's lifestyle. A reputable breeder will also help put you in touch with other breeders who they feel are devoted to the breed, if they have nothing available for you. Another option would be to contact the breed's Parent Club where you will be referred to club members that might have puppies/dogs available in your area.
* Remember, there are many "breeder websites" on the internet with hopes of swaying you into contacting them when you are ready to find and purchase a purebred dog. It can be quite difficult to distinguish whether or not they are reputable/ethical breeders. Although everyone has the right to make their own choice when contacting breeders, don't be overly influenced by websites professing to be a "top kennel" only producing champions (it can't be done); or by those containing malicious misinformation regarding other highly reputable Manchester Terrier breeders. These things do NOT portray a positive image of anyone professing true devotion, knowledge of or dedication to a breed, whether it be the Manchester Terrier or any other purebred dog.
If you come across breeder websites listing the name or names of specific breeders to stay away from, my advice to you is to contact those particular individuals being targeted in order to ensure you are given 'correct' and 'truthful' information. I'm sure the individual(s) would gladly provide you with references of others that have been or are involved with them to ensure you are given accurate information. Yes, there are those out there you do need to be made aware of as these are generally puppy mills - but by asking appropriate questions, contacting more than one breeder, or better yet, the Breed Parent Club , you should be able to distinguish between those that are not reputable and ethical vs. those that are. Indeed, buyer beware..beware of those professing absolute perfection regarding their breeding programs or anything else...there is no such thing.
Remember, do your research. Contact the Parent Club Secretary or their Breeder Referral Person for breeder referrals and breed information. They will be able to put you in contact with reputable breeders and most of all...ASK QUESTIONS.