The Official Standard states: A small, low, keen dog, compact and strong, with good substance and bone. Excessive trimming is not desirable. Honourable scars from fair wear and tear should not be penalized.
Coat and Colour
Long soft or wavy hair in either variety is a serious fault.
Origin and History
Colonel Vaughan hunted in the 1860's with a pack of small red terriers that had evolved from the Irish terrier. As there were many outcrosses, terriers with drop and prick ears came about, and breeders tended to crop the ears of the drop-eared dogs until the practice became illegal. When it did, the Norwich Terrier Club protested loudly about the admittance of the drop-eared variety, when the breed was recognized by the Kennel Club, the Norwich Terrier Club requested that the standard should call for only those with prick ears.
Mr. Jodrell Hopkins owned a bitch, a number of whose pups came into the hands of his employee, Frank Jones. Mr. Jones crossed them with other terriers, including the Irish and Glen of Imaal Terrier, using only small examples of these breeds, the progeny were known as 'Jones' or 'Trumpington' Terriers. There is a breeder who claimes a direct line from Mr. Jones' dogs to the Norwich of today.
The Norwich is a breed that has not been spoilt, for, perhaps suprisingly, it has — like the Norfolk — never gained great popularity.
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