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                MAINTAINING THE
by Muriel Henkel
MANCHESTER TERRIER
 The Manchester Terrier is equally successful as a com- petitor in both the conformation, companion and per- formance arena—in addition to serving as an excellent companion—suitable for almost every situation.
At the present time, The American Kennel Club recognizes approximately 193 breeds of dogs of which the Manchester Terrier is listed as a “low entry breed”. Examples below in- dicate the decline in numbers over a period of fifty years:
Defined lines are few. Perhaps we can rebuild or strengthen existing stock with the advice of a geneticist! Lifestyles no longer allow Breeders to maintain a kennel making avail- ability across the country unpredictable.
Some of the best publicity is to get out in the public for lei- sure walks, travel, etc. Curiosity abounds with questioning “is that a mini-Dobe”?
A change in lifestyle can be difficult—but, IF we value the breed, we must take the time and money to do whatever possible to maintain what is possibly “one of the oldest rec- ognized Terrier.”
  Year
 Registered Litters
 Individual Registrations
  1978
223
 484
  1988
204
 421
  1998
241
 458
  2008
157
 407
  2018
58
 181
       WHY THE DECLINE
Is it a change in living patterns? Publicity? Availability? Lack of breeders? Health? Starting with health. Of primary concern has to be depth in our gene pool, which is also seen in decline, not only in maintaining each variety, but inter- variety breeding as well. Below is a comparison of the breed’ studbook entries with results of studbook’ descendant list that has/or continues to produce over 10 generations:
 Year
  Registered Litters
  Individual Registrations
  Studbook Entries
  Male/Female
 With/Without Descendants
  2005
 201
 458
 131
 49/82
42/89
  2015
 75
 160
 49
 21/28
22/27
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