TOY MANCHESTER TERRIER
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do you charge for your Manchester's? Our current prices are shown on the dogs for sale page. For limited AKC registration, companion Toy males are generally $900, and $1000 for females, depending on the sire and dam. Show quality males and females start at $1200, the actual price again depending on the sire and dam. Puppies from a "Stud Dog of the Year", or a top show winning female, are naturally going to be priced higher whether they are for companion or show. From time to time we are interested in placing a dog on a co-ownership basis at a lower price. We do this when we are interested in getting a puppy back, or having access to a male for stud purposes. Also when we retire a dog or bitch from the breeding program, price can be quite modest to a good home. Saint Lazar is a not for profit hobby kennel.
What is an AKC Limited Registration? This is a category for folks who want an AKC registered thoroughbred dog, but are not interested in breeding or showing. It helps protect reputable breeders, such as Saint Lazar's, from potential "puppy mills" and therefore allows for a lower price.
How do Manchester's get along with children? Our Manchester's have always been raised around our children, and now our grandchildren and we think they do very well. It has been our experience that you have to watch the child more than the dog. We have grandkids ranging from 3 months to age 23, and 3 young great-grandsons, and it is the little ones who have to learn how to handle the puppies and grown dogs. The Manchester, like any other breed, will bite if mis-handled. As the dogs mature, I think the toys are somewhat more tolerant of small kids than the Standards. But I have to tell you, some of our Chesters (and Welsh Terriers) are immensely fond of our kids, and they go "ape" when they visit.
Do they shed? All dogs, like humans, shed to some extent. However, the Manchester when kept as a housedog, is virtually non-shedding, even here in the South. In fact they are very clean and fastidious, odor free, and some will even clean themselves like a cat.
What kind of health problems do they have? Manchester's have no innate health problems as do some other breeds. They can, of course, experience various and sundry ills, such as arthritis, heart disease, etc., but they are generally a very healthy and hearty breed. Be careful from whom you obtain your Manchester, some breeders do not have healthy stock. There is a blood disorder, Von Willebrands disease, that can show up in Standards, although I have never heard of it in a Toy. VW can easily be tested for, and controlled by selective breeding, if a breeder is conscientious. From time to time a peculiar problem with the hip joint, called Legs Perthes disease, crops up in Toys. Our Vet maintains it is debatable if it is genetic.
What is the life span of a Manchester? Chesters can be quite long lived. There is a record in Dixie Dempsey's book, THE TOY MANCHESTER TERRIER (Denlinger 1950) of a 21 year old male toy siring a litter. What a guy! Typical span for a Toy is 12 to 16 years, with Standards being about the same.
Are they easy to housebreak? As a rule, Chesters are like children, the more time and patience you lavish on them the quicker they catch on. I don't like to get serious with them much before five months. But having said that, I broke one completely at four months! Also we recently sold a young male Toy pup to a prominent local Chiropractic Doctor, who promptly trained this young fellow to use a litter box like a cat. Once in a great while, a Chester comes around that simply can not "catch on" no matter how much patience is extended, so they become outside dogs. This is rare.
Do females make the better pet? This is probably the most foolish "old wives tale" in existence. I can tell you categorically that sex has nothing to do with who makes the better pet. What makes the difference is how the dog is treated and handled for its first 8 weeks. This is why Saint Lazar Manchester's have such an enviable reputation for personality and intelligence. There are no better pets than my guys pictured over on the stud dog page. Come visit Saint Lazar and see for yourself.
What do you feed your Manchester's? Like most reputable breeders, and avid hobbyist's, we are extremely "picky" about the type and quality of the food we feed. Any good brand name food such as Science Diet and Iams is acceptable. Stay away from the cheap stuff! We are currently feeding a product we get from "Sams" called EXCEED. It is a lamb and rice formulation and our kennel has thrived on it. We also have excellent results with Purina One. We feed the older dogs, like me, a lower calorie product to keep their weight in line. The puppies are pretty much kept on a good puppy food, such as Science Diet Puppy Formula, from the time they are weaned until they are about a year old. We generally do not use any supplements, such as vitamins, because the above foods are quite complete. We will, however, supplement nursing mothers with additional calcium. Of course you should never feed your dogs "table scraps". We have been feeding dogs in our family for over 50 years, and I can tell you dogmatically that the above advice is sound and it is not necessary to feed anything else such as "meat". "BilJac" would be an exception. The condition and soundness of our dogs year after year speaks for itself.
What about fleas? Wow, fleas have, until 1997, been a tremendous problem here in the South. Not so much as infesting the house, but just generally making the dogs miserable. Poor "Pie", shown on "The Great Ones" page, was fairly allergic to fleas, as was "Belle" who just went to a new home. They would loose their coats and just look terrible in the Summer, no matter what we did or how much we spent. Plus, when the dogs eat the fleas, they get constantly re-infected with tape worms. O misery, but praise GOD for a new product that we get from Jeffers in Dothan, AL, called BIO-SPOT. This stuff is a miracle!!!! For the first time ever, we have had no flea problem since 1997, they are simply not around. Our dogs act and look great. There are competing products available, such as PRO-SPOT from your Vet.
What about worms? Manchester's who are outdoors to any extent are probably going to get intestinal parasites such as roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, etc. (tapeworms come from eating fleas). They get these because they like to chew anything laying around loose in the yard or kennel runs. However, here at Saint Lazar, we have very little parasite problem because we use a once a month heart wormer called Ivermectrin. This is a "broad spectrum" product that deals with most intestinal parasites as well as preventing heart worms which are transmitted by mosquitoes. If you are using a good once a month heart worm preventative and BIO-SPOT, you should not experience any parasite problems.