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Not surprisingly, some of the most common naming themes have revolved around our breeds’ historic prowess as ratters, both in and out of the rat pit. North Americans will be familiar with the Standard Manchester Steelcrest Pit Boss, but may not have heard other inventive names like Red Roof Rat’s Bane, Gren’s Little Ratcatcher, Tebue’s Rug Rat, Fantasy’s Remarkable Ratter and her kennel mate, Mighty Mouser. Kennel names of years gone past were equally as reflective of our breeds’ abilities, including prefixes like Rat-Tat, Rattler, Manchester Ratter, and The Rat- tery. The Gentleman’s Terrier moniker is reflected in dozens of Gentlemen Jim’s, Jack’s and Joe’s as well as in an English Gentleman, Southern Gentleman, and Lancashire Gentleman. And then there are those who were slightly less inventive, opting for derivatives of the breed’s name, including Lady Manchester, Little Miss Manchester, Merry Manchester, Manchester Pride and Little Man Chester.


Other breeders looked to the breeds’ unique physi- cal characteristics for inspiration – most notably, their colour. Our history is full of “black” names, includ- ing everything from black crickets to daisies, ties, ar- rows, buttons and velvet. We lay claim to innumer- able Black Beauties and more than a few Black Jacks. Precious stones seem to be popular too, with Black Pearls, Jades and Opals as well as the odd Black Or- chid. The famous American Canyon Crest kennel of Standard Manchester Terriers had a Blackout as well as a Lady Charcoal, and in Europe we find Cocaine’s Black Viper alongside Chaka’s Sooty Angel. A hint of tan sneaks in now and then through names like


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One of the most challenging (and entertaining!) parts of showing dogs can be finding the perfect name for your new hopeful. Over the years, there have been some truly great wordsmiths in our breeds and here’s a peak at the legacy they left behind.


Denworth Touch of Tan and, of course, no list would be complete without recognition of the two colours that inspired the name of the magazine you are read- ing. Though it is undoubtedly harder to work both into one name, a few breeders managed to do it with names like Black and Tan Boy, Mersey Black N Tan To The Max and BlackandTanAmbassador.


With a nod to the breed’s athleticism (and perhaps high hopes for brilliant agility careers), we find dogs like Acrobatic Lady, Barlen’s Athletic By Design, Kimblewick Nimble Feet, Moonfire’s Perpetual Mo- tion, Porsha’s Blink You Missed Her and Rendition’s Ever So Clever. It’s no surprise to find one of the most successful Toy Manchesters in Canadian dog sport history with a name like Ryas Batteries Not Included. And California owner Barbara O’Dell gave a tip of


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