Norwich Terriers have lovable dispositions & get along well with other dogs. They make excellent pets & wonderful companions. Norwich Terriers are active, courageous, affectionate, balanced, and without any nervousness or quarrelsomeness. They are easy to train, but need consistent rules to follow. These little dogs love everyone & are very good with children. They love toys, balls & are generally good with other pets.
Norwich Terriers should not be let off their lead unless secure. Norwich Terriers adapt easily to urban life preferring the company of humans over other dogs.
The breed was officially developed in England as a small ratting dog. Later they were also used to bolt fox that had gone to ground during a fox hunt. This small terrier could get in & out of a small burrow quite easily. As they were bred to hunt in packs, the Norwich Terrier tend to be more sociable than any other terriers.
Today the Norwich Terrier is used primarily as a companion dog, but can still take care of vermin. This lovable little dog is the smallest of the working terriers. It has a short, strong & sturdy body with strongly boned legs & a fox-like muzzle with large solid teeth. The eyes are dark & expressive & the ears are upright. The tail is docked by half. Their coats are wiry & straight coming in red, wheaten, black/tan & grizzle. Their height should be 10’’ & weight 10-12 lbs. The breed is long-lived & hardy having a life span of 12 to 15 years.
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Norwich Terrier Breed Standard
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. The skull is broad and slightly rounded with good width between the ears. The muzzle is wedge shaped and strong. It`s length is about one-third less than the measurement from the occiput to the well-defined stop. The jaw is clean & strong. Nose and lip pigment black. Tight-lipped with large teeth. A scissor bite.
Neck, Top-line, Body
Neck of medium length, strong and blending into well laid back shoulders. Level top-line. Body moderatley short. Compact and deep. Good width of chest. Well-sprung ribs and short loins.Tail medium docked. The terrier`s working origin requires that the tail be of sufficient length to grasp. Base level with top-line; carried erect.
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.
Broad, strong and muscular with well-turned stifles. Hocks low set and straight when viewed from the rear. Feet as in front.
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.
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks are not desirable.
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 top-line remains level.
Gay, fearless, loyal and affectionate. Adaptable and sporting, they make ideal companions.