Recommended Book on Norfolk Terriers

The Norfolk Terrier by Joan R ReadIf you are interested in learning more about the Norfolk Terrier I cannot recommend “The Norfolk Terrier” by Joan R. Read enough.  It is hard to find out accurate information about Norfolks because the breed is so rare.

Joan’s book is a well constructed encyclopaedia, covering everything from the breed’s origins and evolution to its conformation; traits; health; grooming, and much more. The book is full of wonderful photographs and pencil drawings of  early Norfolks and describes their history in detail.  This is the part of the book that I found most interesting and it certainly educated me about  Norfolks and the characteristics of the breed. Continue reading

Traits and Characteristics of the Norfolk Terrier

I own three Norfolk Terriers and having read “The Norfolk Terrier” by Joan R Read, I am constantly struck by how my Norfolks’ habits are considered breed characteristics.  I thought it would be fun to write a blog about them and see if any other owners see these traits in their Norfolks.

Stance

Norfok terrier stanceThis is where the front paw is lifted off the ground with bent knee and “pointing” at something.

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How to Build a Whelping Box for Small Dogs

Whelping box for a small dogWhen my Norfolk Terrier was pregnant I browsed the web to see how to build a whelping box.  A whelping box gives the dam an opportunity to have some peace and quiet when she gives birth to her puppies (known as whelping).  Most of the information I found was how to build a wooden whelping box for a  much larger dog or cardboard whelping boxes that you could buy over the net. However none of these met my requirements.

I had read several books from experienced breeders which stated that if you had two sections to the whelping box it allowed the puppies, as they got older, to form good habits in relation to being house trained.  In essence the design of the box would be a pre-school to crate training.
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The Difference between the Norfolk and Norwich Terrier

Norfolk Terrier Coco 2005Norfolk Terriers

Norfolks were originally bred to be ratters and used as hunt terriers (where they were taken in a hunter’s saddlebag and released to bolt the fox from its den). The smallest of the terrier group,they are sturdy, stocky little dogs and weigh around 4 to 6.5 kilos.  When I saw my first Norfolk terrier in 2004 I was hooked.  At the time  I was warned that “Norfolks are like peanuts – it’s hard to have just one!”  I didn’t listen and I now have three!

The picture above is of Coco the Norfolk Terrier that won Best in Show at Crufts in 2005.  This picture shows the classic Norfolk features and colouring which is a red coat. However Norfolks can also be black and tan – this is rarer as it is due to a recessive gene.

Norwich or Norfolk?

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