HOW TO BREED TOY MANCHESTER TERRIERS FOR CONSISTENCY OF TYPE

ten in sun photo

Saturday, 2-16-08, was a fine 70 degree day, unusually warm for February, and I rotated some of our thirty guys and gals out of the kennel runs to play and get petted. There are 3 males in the 10 enjoying the sun above, Luke, J.R. Ewing, and Striker. We even have a female in heat inside the kennel, yet these fellows are so well disciplined and well tempered, there is no problem. But, I still keep an eye on them. I later rotated two more batches out for fun and petting. We have a smaller kennel population now, but one will not find better than Saint Lazar TMT's on Planet Earth


Those magnificent creatures pictured in our yard above did not happen by accident. They are the result of forty years of breeding experience and a careful adherence to the principles of "planned breeding". If you are looking for the very best Toy Manchester Terrier available, not the most expensive, but the best, you would be well served to take a moment to read the quotation below, in blue font, from Lloyd C. Brackett's famous booklet, "Planned Breeding".



Brackett Book Photo

For nearly thirty years now, Saint Lazar has been the #1 Toy Manchester Kennel in the world. No one has produced more AKC Champions, won more Stud Dog and Brood Bitch awards, or has more dogs in the Hall of Fame. 99.9% of this was accomplished by Wanda & Charlie Walker showing their own dogs to Judges who had no partiality, but judged the dog and not the "handler". In fact Saint Lazar was getting so many dogs in the Hall of Fame, that the rules were changed to try to slow us down. Testimonies on our "Puppy Info" page speak eloquently of the quality of our dogs, the majority of which go to pet homes around the world.

How has Saint Lazar accomplished this? Quite a number of years ago, we purchased a booklet from Dog World magazine, entitled "Planned Breeding" by Lloyd C. Brackett, and we implemented the breeding principles that had made Mr. Brackett the most successful German Shepherd Dog Breeder in America. (It is interesting to do a Goggle search on Planned Breeding by Lloyd C. Brackett, and see just how many ultra successful kennels around the world use his formulas) Mr. Brackett was one the founding fathers of German Shepherd Dogs in the USA in the very early 1900's. He was virtually unbeatable in his time, producing over 90 champions in 12 years, and he accomplished this by "planning" his breedings. Mr. Brackett had accumulated a first rate knowledge of genetics, as it was understood in his time, and he took that knowledge and developed a "strain" of German Shepherds that anyone would recognize as being his. Simply put, he did this by "line breeding" and "in-breeding". This is what Saint Lazar has done for many years, and is the reason for our consistency in all of the attributes that make the "correct" Toy Manchester Terrier.

The reason I can divulge this without fear of "being beat" at my own game, is that every other Manchester kennel in the U.S., and many around the world, have a "hodgepodge" gene pool (See addendum below 8-2-06). I don't know of one that has the quality "line breed" genetics that Saint Lazar enjoys. If you want to see the "correct" definition of line breeding, and/or you want to know something about it, do a Goggle search for Planned Breeding by Lloyd Brackett, or email us and we will send you a .pdf copy of "Planned Breeding". This is not for the "faint hearted" but for only those who are truly interested in the improvement of their breed. Some of those currently showing Manchesters will need someone to explain it to them, Mr. Brackett uses a lot of "big" words..

Here are other reasons I am not worried about being "beat" at my own game, and I quote Mr. Brackett as follows;

"In the dog game those who criticize the system of line breeding far outnumber its proponents. This is true for several reasons. There is a continual influx of beginners in breeding dogs, people who have never before mated one animal to another, or made any study of the subject. In their ignorance they believe that mating two dogs with "pedigrees", especially if both are winners, or better yet, "Champions", is all there is to it. Then, there are a multitude of breeders who refuse to take the time to make any study of genetics, who want only to breed dogs to sell and make money, and these have no interest in breed improvement through years of planned effort. Again, we have the many hit-or-miss breeders who hope for the good luck which sometimes strikes novices who by sheer accident come up with a real "topper" or two. In listing the opponents of closed-up breeding, one should not fail to mention owners of stud dogs, hungry for stud fees.

Fortunately there are in almost all breeds of dogs a very few fanciers intent upon consistently producing dogs superior to the average of the breed. Many of these know that the quickest and most certain way to do this is by line breeding."


Saint Lazar has consistently produced Manchester Terriers "superior to the average of the breed" but the above very succinctly sums up most of the current Toy Manchester "fancy". We always have "beginners", and the "instant experts", i.e. those who have shown a couple of dogs, maybe bred a litter or two (using dogs purchased from someone else, and not planned a la Brackett), and who now hold forth as the end all, be all, to all things Manchester. I currently know a number who fall in this category. However, most fall in the area of going only by pedigree, or show wins, wanting to breed to the "winner" rather than to the gene pool that produced him or her. I certainly haven't come across anyone else in Manchesters who has made any study of genetics. I admit it's hard, and it takes a real commitment, but boy does it pay off in the production of wonderful TM's. We have some "quality" friends in Manchesterdom, and of course you know that this doesn't apply to you.

We remember the #1 breeder in her day, Ellie Puleo, taking us under her wing many years ago, and we are always willing to help anyone in their breeding program, write or call us, we guarantee a friendly, courteous response.

5/19/06 - Slowly, but ever so slowly, an intelligent, astute, breeder or two is beginning to communicate with us and share their thinking about "planning" their breedings. It is so nice to see someone else think deeply about, and plan how to improve their gene pool, as well as endeavor to improve TMT's as a whole. No names for now, but you know how much we appreciate your devotion.

8/2/06 - It is now no secret that Zandi Spicer of Spiceisle Kennel fame, Spokane, WA, has been carefully "planning" her breedings for some time. Even a cursory look at her dogs, and her winning show record, will show the consistency that she has already achieved. We know for a fact that Zandi has a plan going out several generations laying out how she is going to continue to produce even more consistent and top winning dogs. We count it a privilege to be able to work with Zandi, plus it's great fun to see the nifty creatures GOD gives us as a result of using the "gray matter" he gave us.

6/11/07 - We continue to add Stud Dog of the Year & Brood Bitch of the Year awards and numerous Awards of Merit. But I can still count on the fingers of one hand those that acknowledge "planned breeding" as the only method of breeding that produces "consistency". A friend recently said that I am naive to think that anyone would "give Saint Lazar the satisfaction" of publicly stating that they use planned breeding. Gracious, my mind simply doesn't work that way. It never bothered us a bit to give Mr. Brackett credit for teaching us, anymore than it does to give credit to all those fine teachers we had in our youth that taught us the 3 "R's", which are so essential to making your way in society.

6/23/09 - Saint Lazar has again been blessed by our LORD with American Manchester Terrier Club 2008 Brood Bitch of the Year Awards. An honor that no other breeder has ever accomplished was a tie for AMTC BBY by two bitches from the same breeder, our Ch. Saint Lazar's Serena BBY, and Ch. Saint Lazar's Clarice BBY COM.

2009 also produced a win never before accomplished by a Manchester breeder, which was our BISS Ch. Saint Lazar's Topaz becoming the first and only Manchester Terrier Puppy, Toy or Standard, to win a Best in Show. Topaz did this under the mentorship of our Breeder friend, Patricia Hall of Warminster, PA. This only happens when one understands and carefully uses the principles of PLANNED BREEDING.

RESULTS OF PLANNED BREEDING

Montage by Gene Caron

We have been winding down in our show and breeding activities for some time now due to age, health, and the national economy. So it is interesting to think how many Saint Lazar dogs would be on the subject list had we been still doing "our thing". However, thanks to Devine Intervention, it appears that the Saint Lazar gene pool will be continued long after Wanda and Charlie have gone to be with the LORD. Indeed instead of winding down, we are now ramping our breeding program up in anticipation of new events taking place. May GOD continue to bless those super good folks who are the major part of this.


Most "breeders" roll the genetic dice and hope to get a decent puppy once in while, but Saint Lazar consistently produces multiple champion quality puppies from virtually every litter. Do they all go to Show homes? Not at all, 99.9% go to discerning companion dog owners who appreciate our 40 year record of producing the very best TMT's available. Not the most expensive, the BEST. No other breeder has been able to produce a Toy or Standard Manchester Terrier puppy who has won a Best in Show as did our BISS Ch. Saint Lazar's Topaz shown above. Topaz garnered this stupendous accomplishment under the mentorship of our friend, and fellow Breeder, Patricia Hall of Warminster, PA. Planned breeding is so much easier when Manchester breeders co-operate with one another, and Pat Hall is at the forefront in encouraging genial co-operation.