The Kennel Club





Norwich Terrier




The sequence follows FCI breed standard.

DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD

: October 2009

CLASSIFICATION

: Terrier

GENERAL APPEARANCE

: 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

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

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

: Gay and fearless.

HEAD

: 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.

FACIAL REGION

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Muzzle

: 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.

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

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

TAIL

: 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

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

FEET

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

HINDQUARTERS

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

GAIT / MOVEMENT

: 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

: 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 withers 25 cms (10 ins).

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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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