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Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terrier
  • Hair: Short and Soft
  • Personality: Average
  • Size: Small
  • Temperament: Fiesty, Fun and Energetic
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 Norwich Terrier

Spirited and stocky with prick ears and a slightly foxy expression, the Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest working terriers. Despite his small size, the Norwich has good substance and is an eager worker. The breed’s wiry, weather resistant coat can be red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle.

A Look Back
The Norwich originated in East Anglia, England and was developed as a barnyard ratter. Game and hardy, they were used to flush fox and other vermin from their dens during hunts and also cherished as a fun-loving family pet. The breed used to have two ears styles but now is only allowed to have upright ears. In 1979 the drop eared variety became a separate breed known as the Norfolk Terrier.

Right Breed for You?
Fearless and loyal, the Norwich Terrier does well with other animals and families. They are known for their ability to adapt to different situations, making the breed ideal for either the city or country lifestyle. Because a Norwich has strong hunting instincts and typical terrier curiosity, most breeders and owners recommend that the breed be exercised in a fenced area or on leash. The wiry coat requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping.

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  • Terrier Group; AKC recognized in 1936.
  • Ideal height should not exceed 10 inches tall at the shoulder; Ideal weight is approximately 12 lbs.
  • Vermin hunter.

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Norwich Terrier Breed Standard

Terrier Group

General Appearance
The Norwich Terrier, spirited and stocky with sensitive prick ears and a slightly foxy expression, is one of the smallest working terriers. This sturdy descendent of ratting companions, eager to dispatch small vermin alone or in a pack, has good bone and substance and an almost weatherproof coat. A hardy hunt terrier-honorable scars from fair wear and tear are acceptable.

Size, Proportion, Substance
One of the smallest of the terriers, the ideal height should not exceed 10 inches at the withers. Distance from the top of the withers to the ground and from the withers to base of tail are approximately equal. Good bone and substanceWeight approximately 12 pounds. It should be in proportion to the individual dog's structure and balance. Fit working condition is a prime consideration.

Head
A slightly foxy expression. Eyes small, dark and oval shaped with black rims. Placed well apart with a bright and keen expression. Ears medium size and erect. Set well apart with pointed tips. Upright when alert. Theskull is broad and slightly rounded with good width between the ears. The muzzle is wedge shaped and strong. Its length is about one-third less than the measurement from the occiput to the well-defined stop. The jaw is clean and strong. Nose and lip pigment black. Tight-lipped with large teeth. A scissor bite.

Neck, Topline, Body 
Neck of medium length, strong and blending into well laid back shoulders. Level toplineBody moderately short. Compact and deep. Good width of chest. Well-sprung ribs and short loinsTail medium docked. The terrier's working origin requires that the tail be of sufficient length to grasp. Base level with topline; carried erect.

Forequarters 
Well laid back shoulders. Elbows close to ribs. Short, powerful legs, as straight as is consistent with the digging terrier. Pasterns firm. Feet round with thick pads. Nails black. The feet point forward when standing or moving.

Hindquarters 
Broad, strong and muscular with well-turned stiflesHocks low set and straight when viewed from the rear.Feet as in front.

Coat 
Hard, wiry and straight, lying close to the body with a definite undercoat. The coat on neck and shoulders forms a protective mane. The hair on head, ears and muzzle, except for slight eyebrows and whiskers, is short and smooth. This breed should be shown with as natural a coat as possible. A minimum of tidying is permissible but shaping should be heavily penalized.

Color
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks are not desirable.

Gait 
The legs moving parallel, extending forward, showing great powers of propulsion. Good rear angulation with a true, yet driving movement. The forelegs move freely with feet and elbows the same distance apart, converging slightly with increased pace. Hind legs follow in the track of the forelegs, flexing well at the stifle and hock. The topline remains level.

Temperament 
Gay, fearless, loyal and affectionate. Adaptable and sporting, they make ideal companions.

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