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Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier


ORIGIN

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FCI
Great Britain.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
13.10.2010.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Terrier.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 3Terriers
Section 2Small-sized Terriers
Without working trial

KC
Terrier
UKC
Terrier

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Norfolk and Norwich Terrier take their names, obviously, from the county and the city, though turning the clock back to the early and mid-1800s there was no such dis­tinction, this being just a general farm dog. Glen of Imaals, red Cairn Terriers and Dandie Dinmonts are among the breeds behind these East Anglian terriers and from the resultant red progeny emerged the pre­sent Norwich and Norfolk Terrier.
A typical short-legged terrier with a sound, compact body which has been used not only on fox and badger, but on rats as well. He has a delightful dis­position, is totally fearless but is not one to start a fight. As a worker he does not give up in the face of a fierce adversary underground, and his standard’s reference to the acceptability of ‘honourable scars from fair wear and tear’ is a good indication of the type of. The Norwich Terrier was accepted on the Kennel Club Breed Register in 1932, and were known as the drop-eared Norwich Terrier (now known as the Norfolk Terrier) and prick-eared Norwich Terrier. The breeds were separated in 1964 and the drop-eared variety gained the name Norfolk Terrier.
UKC
It is speculated that the Norfolk Terrier was developed using the small Irish Terriers and crossing them with other Terrier breeds, including the Border and Cairn. The breed originally had two varieties, one with drop ears and one with prick ears, which were interbred and shown together. The two varieties were eventually designated as separate breeds, with the prick-eared variety being the Norwich Terrier. The Norfolk Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1979.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
One of the smallest of terriers. Low, keen dog, compact and strong, short back, good substance and bone. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear permissible.
KC
Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong, short back, good substance and bone. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear permissible.
UKC
One of the smallest of the Terriers, the Norfolk is low to the ground, compact and strong and has good bone and substance. He has a hard, straight coat that does not require excessive trimming. As this is a working breed, honorable scars are not to be penalized in the show ring.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
One of the smallest of terriers, a ‘demon’ for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
A “demon” for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution; alert and fearless.
KC
Alert and fearless.
UKC
The Norfolk Terrier is characteristically alert, gregarious, fear-less and loyal. They are never aggressive.

HEAD

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KC
Skull broad, only slightly rounded with good width between ears. Muzzle wedge-shaped and strong; length of muzzle about one-third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of well defined stop.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Broad, only slightly rounded, with good width between ears.
UKC
Wide between the ears, slightly rounded. There is a well-defined stop.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

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FCI
Wedge-shaped and strong; length of muzzle about one-third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of stop.
KC
Tight-lipped, strong jaw, teeth strong and rather large; perfect scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
Wedge shaped and strong, but not as long as the skull.

Lips

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FCI
Tight lipped.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong jaw, teeth strong and rather large; perfect, scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, large, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval-shaped, dark brown or black. Expression alert, keen and intelligent.
KC
Oval-shaped, dark brown or black. Expression alert, keen and intelligent.
UKC
The small, dark, oval-shaped eyes are placed well apart. They have black rims. The eyes have a sparkling, keen, intelligent expression.

Ears

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FCI
Medium size, V-shaped, slightly rounded at tip, dropping forward close to cheek.
KC
Medium size, V-shaped, slightly rounded at tip, dropping forward close to cheek.
UKC
The small, V-shaped ears are slightly rounded at the tip. They are smooth and velvety to the touch. They drop neatly, with a break at the skull line; are carried close to the cheek and do not fall lower than the outer comer of the eye.

NECK

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FCI
Strong and of medium length.
KC
Strong and of medium length.
UKC
The strong, medium-length neck blends into well laid back shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Compact.
KC
Compact, short back, level topline, well sprung ribs.
UKC
The chest is of good width and is moderately deep. The length of the body, from the point of the withers to the base of the tail, is slightly longer than the height of the dog measured at the withers. The ribs are well sprung. The loins are strong. The topline is level.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Back

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FCI
Short.

Chest

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FCI
Well sprung ribs.

TAIL

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FCI
Docking of tail previously optional.
Docked: Medium docked, set level with topline and carried erect.
Undocked: Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, not excessively gay.
KC
Docking of tail previously optional. (a) Medium docked, set level with topline and carried erect. (b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, but not excessively gay.
UKC
The tail is customarily docked to a sufficient length to insure a balanced outline. It is straight and set on high, with the base level with the topline.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Clean.
KC
Clean, well laid back shoulder blade, approximating in length to upper arm. Front legs short, powerful and straight.
UKC
Shoulders are well laid back and approximately the same length as the upper arm.

Shoulder

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FCI
Well laid back, approximately in length to upper arm.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are short, powerful and straight.

Forearm

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FCI
Front legs short, powerful and straight.

FEET

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KC
Round with thick pads.
UKC
The feet are round, with thick pads and strong, black nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Round with thick pads.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well muscled.
KC
Well muscled, good turn of stifle, hocks well let down and straight when viewed from rear; great propulsion.
UKC
The hindquarters are strong, with broad, muscular thighs.

Stifle

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FCI
Well turned.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The hind legs are short and powerful with a good turn of stifle and a well let down hock. When viewed from the rear, the rear pasterns are straight.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks well let down and straight when viewed from rear; great propulsion.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
True, low and driving. Moving straight forward from shoulder. Good rear angulation showing great powers of propulsion. Hindlegs follow track of forelegs, moving smoothly from hips. Flexing well at stifle and hock. Topline remaining level.
KC
True, low and driving. Moving straight forward from shoulder. Good rear angulation showing great powers of propulsion. Hindlegs follow track of forelegs, moving smoothly from hips. Flexing well at stifle and hock. Topline remaining level.
UKC
Gait is true, low and driving. The topline remains level. In the forequarters, the legs extend forward from the shoulders. The good rear angulation provides great power of propulsion. When viewed from the side, the hind legs follow in the track of the forelegs, moving smoothly from the hip and flexing well at the stifle and hock.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body. Longer and rougher on neck and shoulders. Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows. Excessive trimming undesirable.
KC
Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body. Longer and rougher on neck and shoulders. Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows. Excessive trimming undesirable.
UKC
The protective outer coat is hard, wiry and straight and lies close to the body. It is about 1½ to 2 inches long. There is a definite undercoat. The mane on the neck and shoulders is longer and forms a ruff at the base of the ears and throat. The legs have moderate furnishings of a harsh texture. The hair on the head is short and smooth, except for slight eyebrows and whiskers. Some tidying is necessary to keep the dog neat, but shaping is to be heavily penalized.

COLOUR

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FCI
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches undesirable but permissible.
KC
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches undesirable but permissible.
UKC
All shades of red, wheaten (pale yellow or fawn), black and tan, or grizzle (blue-gray or roan) are permitted. White markings are undesirable, but permitted.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at withers 25 cms (10 ins).
UKC
The ideal height is 10 inches. Weight ranges from 11 to 12 pounds, or a weight that is suitable for the individual dog's structure and balance. Fit working condition is of utmost importance.

Height at withers

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FCI
Ideal height at the withers 25 cms.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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UKC
Tail: Tail curving more or less forward.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.