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MANCHESTER TERRIERS IN AUSTRALIA


KEITH IRWIN | KAZKEI MANCHESTER TERRIERS | KAZKEI@AUSTARNET.COM.AU


G’day from Down Under, this is the first of what will be my regu- lar report on Manchester Terriers in Australia; I would therefore like to devote the first part of this article, to providing a quick gen- eral over view of the Manchester Terrier in Australia from its earli- est recorded history to the pres- ent.


Whilst it is very difficult to find documented history of the early years of the Manchester Terrier in Australia, it is known that in the 1860’s Black & Tan Terriers (later known as Manchester Terriers) & Black & Tan Terriers (Miniature) where present in sufficient num- bers in the Eastern States of Aus- tralia, to have separate classes at a number of the first Dog Shows ever held in Australia, recorded as being held at that time.


The first documented “Dog Show” in Australia was held on the 12th November 1862, in Tas- mania, with the first on mainland Australia in Victoria in 1864 and the second one in Victoria in 1868. Whilst I have no record of the breeds shown at the 1862 & 1864 events, there is evidence that Black & Tan Terriers Min- iatures, (later known as English Toy Terriers) where shown. Re- cords maintained by the British Manchester Terrier Club record the first Black & Tan Terrier (Manchester Terrier) in Australia


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to obtain the title of Champion. This was a dog named “NIP” born in 1875, Sire: Satan (Imp UK) Dam: Vixen (Imp UK), Breeder: S Spinks and Owner: J Hamilton-Scott.


During the period 1875 to 1939, it is known that 23 Manchester Terriers gained the title of Cham- pion & 5 gained Grand Cham- pion status, whist records indi- cate only 7 Manchester Terriers were imported into Australia, all from the United Kingdom. Also in April 1888, the Victorian Govern- ment (soon followed by all other Australian colonies) banned the cropping of dog ears.


Given the vastness of the Austra- lian Continent and the tyranny of distance: the evolution of pure breed dog breeding and showing, that had started in the Mid 1860’s lead to the establishment of lo- cally and then later state based Clubs and Associations’ set up to promote the breeding and show- ing of Dogs. Because of this isola- tion the canine fraternity at that time was very fragmented


In 1909 The Victorian Poultry


& Kennel Club convened a meet- ing of Clubs and Associations and work commenced on setting up standard regulations for the breeding and showing of Dogs (in Australia) Over time all 6 States & 2 Territories that make up


the Commonwealth of Australia, which each had it own regulatory Pure Bred Dog Associations es- tablished the Australian National Kennel Council in 1949.


As a result of the meeting called by the VP & KC , a Council was established that assisted in draft- ing rules and regulations that controlled the conducting of dog shows and pure breed registration of dogs. In 1912 these regulations listed both the Black & Tan Ter- rier and the Black & Tan Terrier Miniature, as two distinct breeds of dog and have remained with no interbreeding of these breeds since at least that date.


It is thought that sometime around 1940 to 1945 Manches- ter Terriers died out as a breed in Australia, the main reasons for this is not known, however as we have records of only 28 Breed Champions and only 7 Imports in 55 years , it would appear that it lacked sufficient owners/breeders to ensure its continued survival.


In the early part of the 1960’s the breed was reintroduced into Australia, with a number of UK Imports being bred notably: Ch Eaglespur Loyalist & Ch Ea- glespur Joyful, this saw a revival of the breed and during the 60’s & 70’s, with 6 Uk Imports in this time and about 37 breed Cham- pions where titled, however the


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