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Description of Norfolk Terrier

´╗┐The Breed History

The Norwich and Norfolk terriers share a common background, originating in the Eastern Counties of Britain. Yorkshire and other terriers were used in breed development. First brought to the U.S. in 1914, they were classified as one breed until the mid 1960s in England at which time they were split into two breeds based on ear carriage. The AKC split them into two breeds in 1979. The Norfolk has folded ears, the Norwich has prick ears.

Breeding for Function

These dogs were valued as ratters and used for fox hunting-including going to ground (fox bolter). They hunted singly or in packs. Today, they are commonly kept for companionship. They enjoy playing games such as agility and earthdog trials.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: 9-11" (23-28 cm)

Weight: 11-12 lb (5-5.5 kg)

Coat: The weather resistant coat is wiry and straight and about 1.5-2" (3.75-5 cm) in length, lies close, and the undercoat is short and dense. Coat colors include red, grizzle, black and tan and wheaten. They may have dark points. White markings are undesirable. The male has a longer thick ruff. Regular brushing is important and stripping is usually performed twice a year. They are moderate shedding dogs.

Longevity: 12-15 years

Points of Conformation: The skull is wide and roundish, the muzzle wedge-shaped, the face fox-like and the stop is well defined. Eyes are small and oval in shape, dark, and the palpebral margins are black. The ears, which are the distinguishing feature of the breed fold forward and are small and triangular, with slightly rounded tips. They possess a compact conformation, are longer than tall, and fairly heavily boned. The neck is medium in length and well muscled, the topline level, and thorax rounded with well-sprung ribs. The tail is high set and usually docked. They have short fairly straight limbs, with short metacarpals and metatarsals. The feet are compact, round and nails are black. The gait is low and smooth.

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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