|FCI Norfolk Terrier Breed Standard|
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FCI-Standard No 272 /01.12.1997/ GB
ORIGIN : Great Britain
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 13/10/2010
UTILIZATION : Terrier.
CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. : Group 3 Terriers. Section 2 Small sized Terriers. Without working trial.
One of the smallest of terriers. Small, 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.
FACIAL REGION :
Strong and of medium length.
Compact, short back, level topline, well sprung ribs.
Docking of tails 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.
General Appearance : Clean.
Forearm: Front legs short, powerful and straight.
Forefeet:Round with thick pads
HINDQUARTERS : General Appearance: Well muscled.
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.
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.
Ideal height at withers 25 cm (10 ins).
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.
-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 -Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation, should be used for breeding.