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Norwich Terrier

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
UKC
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.
UKC
It is speculated that the Norwich 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, the original, prick-eared variety being the Norwich Terrier, and the drop-eared variety being the Norfolk. The Norwich Terrier was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1979.

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.
UKC
The versatile, agreeable, game, hardy Norwich is one of the smallest of the working Terriers. It has a natural, weatherproof coat and is sturdy, with good bone and substance. The breed is fairly low to the ground and compact. Honorable scars from fair wear and tear are acceptable and never to be penalized in the show ring. All faults are to be penalized in relation to the degree of deviation from the ideal.

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.
UKC
The Norwich Terrier is characteristically alert, affectionate, fearless and loyal, never aggressive. It has sensitive prick ears and a slightly foxy expression. Spirited and stocky, they are one of the smallest working Terriers.

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.
UKC
The broad, slightly rounded skull has good width between the ears.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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UKC
Nose pigment is black.

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.
UKC
The length of the strong, wedge-shaped muzzle is one-third less than the distance from the occiput to the well-defined stop. The jaw is clean and strong; tight lipped. Lip pigment is black.

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.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white, large teeth meet in a scissors bite.

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.
UKC
The small, dark, oval-shaped eyes are placed well apart. They have black rims. The eyes have a bright, keen expression.

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.
UKC
The erect, medium-sized ears are set well apart. They have pointed tips and are carried upright when alert.

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.
UKC
The strong, medium-length neck blends into well laid back 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.
UKC
The chest is broad and deep. The back and loin are short, with well-sprung ribs that carry well back. The topline is perfectly level.

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.
UKC
The tail is generally docked to a medium length, set on high with the base level with the topline. It is carried erect.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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KC
Legs short, powerful and straight; elbows close to body. Pasterns firm and upright.
UKC
The shoulders are well laid back.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are short, straight and powerful, with strong pasterns and elbows that lie closely to the ribs.

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.
UKC
The feet are round, with thick pads and strong, black nails. They point straight forward when moving and standing.

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.
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 well-turned stifles and low to the ground hocks.

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.
UKC
Gait is true, low and driving. The topline remains level. The legs move parallel, showing great power of propulsion. In the forequarters, the legs move freely, with the feet and elbows the same distance apart. The good rear angulation exhibits a true, driving movement. 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, 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.
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 protective 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, ears and muzzle is short and smooth, except for slight eyebrows and whiskers. They are shown with as natural a coat as possible. Some tidying is necessary to keep the dogs 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 are undesirable.
KC
All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches are undesirable.
UKC
All shades of red, wheaten (pale yellow or fawn), black and tan, or grizzle (bluish gray or roan) are permitted.

SIZE

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KC
Ideal height at withers 25 cms (10 ins).
UKC
Ideal height, measured at the withers, is 10 inches. Ideal weight is approximately 12 pounds; should be in proportion to 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
Color: White markings.

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.