If you are looking for a Manchester: a retired adult, a puppy, or a rescue*, please contact Michelle for more information.
*Note: Rescue RARELY gets puppies (maybe once every ten years, so we don’t even keep a wait list for them). This is a rare breed that doesn’t end up in rescue very often. If you want a puppy, I hope you’ll read on to learn how to find a responsible breeder.
If you are looking for a Manchester Terrier, it’s important to do your research and find a responsible breeder who is striving to produce dogs that are temperamentally sound and healthy. A responsible breeder does all of the following things, not just some of them!
Five things all responsible breeders do:
- A responsible breeder stands behind their dogs no matter their age and will require buyers to sign a contract ensuring proper care, and return of the dog to them no matter its age, if you must ever give him or her up. Recently, I was contacted by the owner of an 11 year old Toy Manchester who they had purchased from my mother as a puppy. I was thrilled they reached out to me when they could not keep her anymore and happily took her into my home, vetted her and adopted her out to a wonderful new home where she will spend the rest of her days. I have known breeders willing to go to the ends of the earth to ensure their puppies do not end up in a bad situation.
- Responsible breeders register all of their dogs and puppies (not just a few) with the American Kennel Club (AKC) proving they conform to AKC standards of care. AKC is a not-for-profit organization. There is no other not-for-profit dog registry in the United States and none other that requires breeders to adhere to any standards of care. Other breeders may claim to have papers from registries with all kinds of initials. Those registries are called “paper registries” because that’s literally all they do: print papers for breeders that look confusingly similar to AKC papers but mean absolutely nothing.
- They perform health tests on their dogs to prevent producing puppies with heritable diseases. This is NOT the same as taking your dog to the vet and asking if the dog is healthy enough to produce a litter of puppies. This means taking the dog to multiple veterinary specialists who specialize in things like ophthalmology and cardiology and performing tests that range in price from $35 to $500+ on every dog before it is bred. It means sending cheek swabs to specific labs that will test for genetic disease. It’s important to note that not every health problem is genetic, nor do all the genetic conditions have tests that breeders can perform. But they do their best to only breed the healthiest dogs. BEWARE the breeder that tells you they don’t need to perform health tests because their dogs are healthy and they have never had a problem. The reason so many of these tests are done by specialists or through genetic test is because they are not detectable with the naked eye. A general practice veterinarian cannot examine your dog’s eyes and tell you if they have juvenile cataracts or run a blood test to tell you if your dog has the genetic mutation for vWd.
- They show their dogs in AKC dog shows and events to prove they are producing dogs that are sound in mind and body. Often referred to as “show breeders”, which incorrectly implies the person is breeding flashy and expensive dogs. People looking to purchase a pet often say, “But I just want a pet. I don’t want to pay for a show dog.” What they don’t understand is that “show breeders” dogs are pets first and foremost. You’re not paying for a flashy show dog – you’re paying for a better pet and your purchase is helping to cover the costs of someone who is spending a lot of time and money giving their dogs and puppies the best possible care and attention. The person that is selling puppies for significantly less is putting two dogs (with questionable heritage) together, over and over again, for as cheaply as possible with no health, temperament or standards of quality in mind so they can breed cheaply and make a profit. “Show breeders” do not see a profit, nor do they tend to break even when they sell their puppies.
- They are members in good standing of their parent club, in our case, the American Manchester Terrier Club. Even better, is if they support their parent club initiatives by holding office or volunteering for a committee.
Yes, responsible breeders charge a higher price because they spend more money on their dogs to ensure the best care for their dogs and puppies; performing expensive health tests recommended for their breed; and proving the quality of their dogs by competing in AKC events. A breeder who does none of these things can charge a cheaper price ($300 – $600 per puppy) and turn a profit because that’s their only goal. Even though responsible breeders are charging more for their puppies ($900 – $1,500 per puppy), they are not making a profit from the sale of their puppies.
Responsible breeders are breeding because they love their breed and want to see it flourish in the right hands, they are NOT doing it for profit and big wins. Dog shows are meant as a means of proving the quality of one’s breeding stock, that’s why neutered and spayed dogs are ineligible to compete. It costs a lot of money to show a dog and at most shows, the only prize is bragging rights and a ribbon. If you get a prize, it’s rarely valued over $20. Contrary to popular belief, top winning show dogs do NOT guarantee stud fees or puppy sales and they do NOT increase the value of a stud dog or the puppies.