Fédération Cynologique Internationale



FCI-Standard N° 272

Norfolk Terrier



These illustrations do not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed.

The sequence might differ slightly from the original breed standard.

ORIGIN

: Great Britain.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: 13.10.2010.

UTILISATION

: Terrier.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION

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


BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

: 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.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: 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.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: A “demon” for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution; alert and fearless.

HEAD

:

CRANIAL REGION

:

Skull

: Broad, only slightly rounded, with good width between ears.

Stop

: Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

:

Muzzle

: Wedge-shaped and strong; length of muzzle about one-third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of stop.

Lips

: Tight lipped.

Jaws/Teeth

: 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.

Eyes

: Oval-shaped, dark brown or black. Expression alert, keen and intelligent.

Ears

: Medium size, V-shaped, slightly rounded at tip, dropping forward close to cheek.

NECK

: Strong and of medium length.

BODY

: Compact.

Topline

: Level.

Back

: Short.

Chest

: Well sprung ribs.

TAIL

: 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.

LIMBS

:

FOREQUARTERS

: Clean.

Shoulder

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

Forearm

: Front legs short, powerful and straight.

FEET

:

Forefeet

: Round with thick pads.

Hind feet

: As Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

: Well muscled.

Stifle

: Well turned.

Rear pastern

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

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: 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.

COAT

:

HAIR

: 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.

COLOUR

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

SIZE

:

Height at withers

: 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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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