Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Norwich Terrier

Norwich 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

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Norwich and Norfolk 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 dog.
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.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
One of the smallest of the terriers. Low, keen dog, compact and strong with good substance and bone. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear not to be unduly penalised.
KC
Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong with good substance and bone. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear not to be unduly penalised.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
One of the smallest of the terriers. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, tremendously active with hardy constitution.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, tremendously active with hardy constitution. Gay and fearless.
KC
Gay and fearless.

HEAD

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KC
Muzzle wedge-shaped and strong. In length two-thirds of measurement from occiput to bottom of well defined stop. Slightly rounded, wide skull, good width between ears.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Slightly rounded, wide, good width between ears.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Muzzle

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FCI
Wedge-shaped and strong. Length about one third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of stop.
KC
Tight-lipped, jaws clean and strong. Rather large, strong teeth with perfect, regular scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Tight-lipped.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws clean and strong. Rather large, strong teeth with perfect, regular scissor bite, i. e. upper teeth closely overlapping the lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Eyes

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FCI
Relatively small, oval-shaped, dark, full of expression, bright and keen.
KC
Relatively small, oval-shaped, dark, full of expression, bright and keen.

Ears

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FCI
Erect, set well apart on top of skull. Medium size with pointed tips. Perfectly erect when aroused, can be laid back when not at attention.
KC
Erect, set well apart on top of skull. Medium size with pointed tips. Perfectly erect when aroused, can be laid back when not at attention.

NECK

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FCI
Strong of good length, commensurate with correct overall balance, flowing into well laid shoulders.
KC
Strong of good length, commensurate with correct overall balance, flowing into well laid shoulders.

BODY

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FCI
Compact.
KC
Short back, compact with good depth. Ribcage long and well sprung with short loin. Level topline.

Topline

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FCI
Level.

Back

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FCI
Short.

Loin

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FCI
Short.

Chest

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FCI
Ribcage long and well sprung. With good depth.

TAIL

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FCI
Docking previously optional.
Docked: Medium docked. Set on high, completing perfectly level topline. Carried erect.
Undocked: Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards tip, as straight as possible. Carried jauntily, not excessively gay, completing perfectly level topline.
KC
Docking previously optional. (a) Medium docked. Set high, completing perfectly level topline. Carried erect. (b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to dog, thick at root and tapering towards tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, not excessively gay, completing perfectly level topline.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Legs short, powerful and straight; elbows close to body. Pasterns firm and upright.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to body.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Legs short, powerful and straight.

Pastern

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FCI
Firm and upright.

FEET

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KC
Rounded, well padded and cat-like. Pointing straight forward standing and moving.

Forefeet

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FCI
Rounded, well padded and cat-like. Pointing straight forward standing and moving.

Hind feet

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FCI
As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Broad, strong and muscular.
KC
Broad, strong and muscular, well turned stifle. Low-set hock with great propulsion.

Stifle

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FCI
Well turned.

HIND LEGS

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Rear pastern

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FCI
Hocks low-set, with great propulsion.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Forelegs should move straight forward when travelling; hind legs follow in their track; hocks parallel and flexing to show pads.
KC
Forelegs should move straight forward when travelling; hind legs follow in their track; hocks parallel and flexing to show pads.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body, thick undercoat. Longer and rougher on neck forming a ruff to frame face. Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows.
KC
Hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body, thick undercoat. Longer and rougher on neck forming a ruff to frame face. Hair on head and ears short and smooth, except for slight whiskers and eyebrows.

COLOUR

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FCI
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches are undesirable.
KC
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches are undesirable.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at withers 25 cms (10 ins).

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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DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
  • Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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