Frequently asked questions

Do you keep a waiting list?

I do not keep a waiting list. In the past when I have kept a waiting list, I found that by the time I got back to people that they had either gotten a puppy from another Norwich breeder, or a puppy of another breed.

Nor do I have any formal application form. Once I have puppies on the ground, and get past the critical first three weeks (when things can go wrong very fast), then I start relaxing. At that point, I start to interview prospective owners as they contact me. No puppy leaves until it is at least twelve weeks old. So there is plenty of time to find good homes.

If you want a puppy from my kennel, my recommendation would be to check in with me every so often and inquire about my breeding plans. Also you can watch for litter announcements on my "Litters" web page.

How can I find a breeder that has puppies?

This can be difficult as Norwich terriers are difficult to breed and have small litters. The best way is to individually ask breeders.

I suggest you start with breeders who are members of the Norwich Terrier Club of America (NTCA). The NTCA has a "Directory of Breeders" that you can get for free.

Not all Norwich breeders have web pages, but many do. I maintain a list of web pages of Norwich breeders. Warning - not all breeders are reputable breeders. Buyer beware! Do your homework!

The American Kennel Club has an online Marketplace where breeders can list puppies that are available. Again - buyer beware, and do your homework.

I strongly urge you to avoid generic web sites that sell puppies. You are likely to get a Norwich that is not AKC registered ... or worse is not even a purebred Norwich terrier.

How can I find a reputable breeder?

The easiest way to tell if a breeder is a reputable breeder is to ask if both parents have CHIC numbers. See also my ten questions to ask a Norwich breeder.

How much do Norwich cost?

No authority sets the price of a Norwich terrier. Each individual breeder sets their own price. You have to ask a breeder what they charge.

Keep in mind that the sale price of a Norwich is not the only financial thing that you should consider. You can expect to spend approximately $1,000 per year on the maintenance of a Norwich terrier - approximately $500 for annual dental cleanings with x-rays and another $500 for food, shots, etc.

Do you ship puppies?

I do not ship puppies. I either deliver a dog, or you have to come pick it up. I am located in North Carolina.

A reputable breeder will want the buyer, seller, and dog to - at least once - all be in the same place at the same time.

Do you give a health guarantee?

A few days before any dog leaves me, the dog is seen by my veterinarian who produces a certificate of health.

But perhaps you mean a health guarantee regarding genetic problems?

No one can guarantee the genetic health of a dog. I can only guarantee that I have health tested the parents ... and I do as much if not more health testing than any other Norwich breeder (see my list of health tests). Everything else is up to the genetic "roll of the dice".

I put the sale price of any dog that I sell into an account. My sales contract includes the following clause:

Upon presentation by the Buyer of receipts for veterinary services related to care of any hereditary problems related to hips, eyes, patellas, breathing, epilepsy, or liver the Seller will reimburse the Buyer for the amount of the receipts up to the balance of the Account.

What things do you require of a buyer?

My goal is to find good homes for any puppy or dog that I sell. To that end I will ask questions about how the puppy or dog will be taken care of and by whom.

I require a home visit by either myself or my representative to any prospective home. I want to make sure that the environment will be a good one for any puppy or dog.

I require a veterinary reference if a buyer has had pets in the past. And I call the veterinary office and inquire about the prospective buyer.

Do you have a sales contract that you use?

Yes, a sample contract is here. I frequently revise the contract, so this may be out of date.

What is the difference between a Norwich and a Norfolk terrier?

Norwich and Norfolk were originally one breed but were divided into two breeds by ear carriage - "prick ear" (Norwich) and "drop ear" (Norfolk). Surprisingly they have diverged quite a bit in terms of conformation, temperament, and health in the relatively short time that they have been separated.

Besides the ears, the Norwich breed standard asks for square in shape, the Norfolk standard says slightly rectangular. If you study them enough, you can definitely see a difference in body type.

Here are two quotes from breeders who have both Norwich and Norfolk terriers:

Norfolk's want their people and Norwich need their people.

Many years ago Annie Clark [a famous conformation judge], who gave me one of my first Norfolk, summed them up this way The reason Norfolk have drop ears is so that they don't have to hear you when you call them ... and that just about says it all! I have had both for more years than I care to count and think the Norfolk is the more "TERRIER" of the two breeds - more independent, stubborn to a fault and very affectionate without being clingy. Norwich want to be with you EVERY second, even when you go to the bathroom and are much more "needy" than the 'folks.

Last updated 20160910