FCI Standard No 72 / 10.01.2011 / EN
Norwich Terrier


ORIGIN : Great Britain.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD : 13.10.2010.

UTILIZATION : Terrier..

FCI-CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers. Section 2 Small-sized Terriers. Without working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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 dis¬tinction, 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 pre¬sent 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 dis¬position, 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

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.

BEHAVIOUR AND TEMPERAMENT

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

HEAD

CRANIAL REGION
Skull : Slightly rounded, wide, good width between ears.
Stop : Well defined.

FACIAL REGION :

Muzzle : Wedge-shaped and strong. Length about one third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of stop.
Lips : Tight-lipped.
Jaws/Teeth : 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 : Relatively small, oval-shaped, dark, full of expression, bright and keen.
Ears : 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

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

BODY

Compact.
Topline: Level.
Back: Short.
Loin: Short.
Chest: Ribcage long and well sprung. With good depth.

TAIL

 

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.

LIMBS

FOREQUARTERS :
Elbow: Close to body.
Forearm: Legs short, powerful and straight.
Metacarpus (Pastern): Firm and upright.
Forefeet: Rounded, well padded and cat-like. Pointing straight forward standing and moving.

HINDQUARTERS :
General appearance: Broad, strong and muscular.
Stifle (Knee): Well turned.
Metatarsus (Rear pastern): Hocks low-set, with great propulsion.
Hind feet: Rounded, well padded and cat-like. Pointing straight forward standing and moving.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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

COAT

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

SIZE

Ideal height at the withers: 25 cms.

FAULTS

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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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

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

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