Showsight Presents the Norfolk Terrier

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His outer coat should not be soft or wavy. Th e harsh dou- ble coat serves as a protection from the weather and is one of the breed characteristics. Coat colors are shades of red, wheaten, black and tan and grizzle. No preference should be given to color. When it comes time to move the dogs individually remem- ber that he is a working terrier. A mincing, short gait is not correct. As you watch him as he is going away from you, his legs should follow in the tracks of the front legs. When you watch him coming back to you his front legs should move straight down from the shoulder. He should have a smooth side gait with good reach and drive on the go around. Judges should never ask that the dogs be spared. Th is isn’t an aggressive breed. Also, these dogs are low to the ground. PLEASE never bend down over the dog. If you must feel the dog’s shoulders once again as you walk down the line ask the exhibitor to put the dog back on the table. Many a good Nor- folk has lost his desire to show because of a bad experience. I hope that this helps you understand and enjoy judging the Norfolk Terrier as much as I do.

or even near it they let me know. One of the things I like best about my dogs is they love being near me, in the same room, sitting on the couch but they do not want to be on me. Everyone greets me when I come home from work but then they move on to a toy or go out and check on the yard. Th e coats on the Norfolks are nice, I keep mine tidy. I have them groomed several times a year, 3 or 4. If you talk to your breeder they can give you pointers on keeping the coats tidy in between grooming or even how to groom the dog yourself. Although this takes patience, time and a strong wrist it is not as hard as you would think. If you groom your dog regularly he will learn to tolerate this. Nails are important to keep up as well, too many times you see a dog with toe nails curling under and that is not good for his feet. Like the grooming if you trim your dogs nails every few weeks they will get better and better at sitting still for this. One of the things highest on a Norfolks list of favorite things to do is eat. Th is is a small dog with a big appetite and when you own a Norfolk you need to keep this in mind. Th ey love to eat, but you do not want to let them get over weight. Exercise can help keep them trim, but more importantly you can not over feed them or allow them too many snacks. When training your Norfolk either for performance or just teaching them manners make sure you are cutting back their meals since they are getting treats in class or at home. If my dogs attend a class like agility, obedience or tracking where I know they will be getting treats or a big jackpot. Th ey do not get one of their meals, I cut out breakfast or lunch. Norfolks are a great dog, lots of personality, loyal and lov- ing. With training and structure they make great pets and/or performance dogs.

BIO Louise Leone of Frank-

town, Colorado has been in the sport of purebred dogs since 1974. Louise has shown Miniature Schnauzers, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Norfolk Terriers, Norwich Terriers and Border Terri- ers. She is best -known for her owner handled multiple Best in Show Norfolk Terriers and

BIO Linda Federici graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in dental hygiene and has worked in pri- vate practice for 25 years. She got her first Norfolk Terrier in 1999 and her love of terriers began. Linda has shown her dogs successfully in confirmation, agility, rally, tracking, Earthdog and barn hunt. Besides dogs, Linda’s other passion is travel—if she is not at a dog show or trial, she is traveling the world.

multiple Best in Show Border Terrier. Louise has served as Secretary of the Norfolk-Norwich Terrier Club, Norfolk- Norwich Terrier Club Judges Education Chair, Secretary of the Norfolk Terrier Club, Norfolk Terrier Club Judges Edu- cation Chairman, wrote the First Comparison of the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier, wrote the first Judges Edu- cational Handbook on the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier, worked on the Committee for the Norfolk Terrier Illustrated. Louise is an AKC Judge.

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