Norfolk Terrier

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The Full Norfolk Terrier Description

Norfolks are known for their spunky, sparky personalities. They may be small, but they have endless energy and love to romp and play with children. They are outgoing and inquisitive. Being part of the family makes them happiest, and they get along nicely with all family members, including other dogs.

Did you know?

The Norfolk Terrier is a small, sturdy, alert, and fearless dog with sporting instincts and an even temperament.
The Norfolk Terrier is a game and hardy little dog originally bred to go to ground after vermin and catch a fox.
The Norfolk Terrier has drop ears.

So you want to own an Norfolk Terrier?

Norfolk Terriers are people oriented dogs and do not like to be left alone.
The Norfolk Terrier is alert, gregarious, fearless, loyal and has great charm.
The Norfolk Terrier should be brushed weekly to keep it neat.

Indicative Breed Standard

 

General Appearance

Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong, short back, good substance and bone. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear permissible.

Characteristics

One of the smallest of terriers, a ‘demon’ for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution.

Temperament

Alert and fearless.

Head and Skull

Skull broad, only slightly rounded with good width between ears. Muzzle wedge-shaped and strong; length of muzzle about one-third less than measurement from occiput to bottom of well defined stop.

Eyes

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

Ears

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

Mouth

Tight-lipped, strong jaw, teeth strong and rather large; perfect scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Neck

Strong and of medium length.

Forequarters

Clean, well laid back shoulder blade, approximating in length to upper arm. Front legs short, powerful and straight.

Body

Compact, short back, level topline, well sprung ribs.

Hindquarters

Well muscled, good turn of stifle, hocks well let down and straight when viewed from rear; great propulsion.

Feet

Round with thick pads.

Tail

Docking of tail optional. (a) Medium docked, set level with topline and carried erect. (b) Tail of moderate length to give a general balance to the dog, thick at the root and tapering towards the tip, as straight as possible, carried jauntily, but not excessively gay.

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

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

Ideal height at withers 25 cms (10 ins).

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