Official Standard for the Norwich Terrier
General Appearance
The Norwich Terrier, spirited and stocky with sensitive prick ears and a slightly foxy
expression, is one of the smallest working terriers. This sturdy descendent of ratting
companions, eager to dispatch small vermin alone or in a pack, has good bone and
substance and an almost weatherproof coat. A hardy hunt terrier-honorable scars from
fair wear and tear are acceptable.

Size, Proportion, Substance
One of the smallest of the terriers, the ideal height should not exceed 10 inches at the
withers. Distance from the top of the withers to the ground and from the withers to base
of tail are approximately equal. Good bone and substance. Weight approximately 12
pounds. It should be in proportion to the individual dog's structure and balance. Fit
working condition is a prime consideration.

A slightly foxy expression. Eyes small, dark and oval shaped with black rims. Placed
well apart with a bright and keen expression. Ears medium size and erect. Set well
apart with pointed tips. Upright when alert. The skull is broad and slightly rounded with
good width between the ears. The muzzle is wedge shaped and strong. Its length is
about one-third less than the measurement from the occiput to the well-defined stop.
The jaw is clean and strong. Nose and lip pigment black. Tight-lipped with large teeth.
A scissor bite.

Neck, Topline, Body
Neck of medium length, strong and blending into well laid back shoulders. Level
topline. Body moderately short. Compact and deep. Good width of chest. Well-sprung
ribs and short loins. Tail medium docked. The terrier's working origin requires that the
tail be of sufficient length to grasp. Base level with topline; carried erect.

Well laid back shoulders. Elbows close to ribs. Short, powerful legs, as straight as is
consistent with the digging terrier. Pasterns firm. Feet round with thick pads. Nails
black. The feet point forward when standing or moving.

Broad, strong and muscular with well-turned stifles. Hocks low set and straight when
viewed from the rear. Feet as in front.

Hard, wiry and straight, lying close to the body with a definite undercoat. The coat on
neck and shoulders forms a protective mane. The hair on head, ears and muzzle,
except for slight eyebrows and whiskers, is short and smooth. This breed should be
shown with as natural a coat as possible. A minimum of tidying is permissible but
shaping should be heavily penalized.

All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks are not desirable.

The legs moving parallel, extending forward, showing great powers of propulsion. Good
rear angulation with a true, yet driving movement. The forelegs move freely with feet
and elbows the same distance apart, converging slightly with increased pace. Hind legs
follow in the track of the forelegs, flexing well at the stifle and hock. The topline remains

Gay, fearless, loyal and affectionate. Adaptable and sporting, they make ideal

Approved October 13, 1981
Reformatted March 23, 1990
Joan Schurr Kefeli