Norkie

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
Great Britain -> U.S.A.
Translation
Francis Vandersteen

A brief presentation of the Norkie

The Norkie is an extremely rare hybrid dog that currently exists in very small numbers internationally. By combining the fiery, inquisitive nature of the Norfolk Terrier with the affectionate personality of the Yorkshire Terrier, it's only a matter of time before the Norkie population grows. These little dogs are relatively easy to train and are always eager to please their owners. Rarely reaching 25 cm in height, the Norkie is one of the smallest specific crossbreed dogs on the market. They have stiff bodies and short legs - attributes that would have served their parents well during their rat-hunting days. Those with longer coats require a lot of grooming, although they don't tend to shed much.

History of the Norkie

The Norkie is just beginning to enter the specific crossbreed scene and remains incredibly rare. For this reason, we have limited information on the breed's history. They are a product of mixing the Norfolk Terrier with the Yorkshire Terrier, two English Terriers that were both developed in the 1800s. As both dogs were traditionally used as razors, they have fairly similar temperaments and appearances, which means that the Norkie already has a fairly uniform look and personality.
        

A little of the Norfolk Terrier

        
The Norfolk Terrier originated in East Anglia in the late 19th century. A number of similar dogs were used in its creation, including the Border Terrier and the Cairn Terrier. Interestingly, they were created with the intention of having a breeding dog hardy enough to live outdoors in barns and outbuildings and hunter enough to hunt vermin. Many agree that the breed became popular among students at Cambridge's elite university, and that several breeders were Cambridge alumni. It was in the mid-1900s that the original breed was split into two groups: dogs with erect ears, now the Norwich Terrier, and those with hanging ears, the Norfolk Terrier. Although Norfolk Terriers make good pets, they are not a particularly well-known breed worldwide.
Standard of the Norfolk Terrier

A little of the Yorkshire Terrier

The Yorkshire Terrier is a particularly famous breed, internationally recognized and with many famous owners. This dog was established in Yorkshire, England, and despite its tiny frame and delicate bone structure, the breed was mainly used as a ratter in mines and other places, a job for which it worked well. It is descended from a mix of similar Terriers, such as Skye Terriers and Black and Tan Terriers. There has been a trend towards breeding smaller and smaller Yorks, and breeders often use the controversial term teacup to describe particularly small individuals. Although one of the smallest dog breeds in the world, these little guys are known for their larger-than-life personalities and don't let their size hold them back.
Standard of the Yorkshire Terrier

Appearance of the Norkie

Measuring between 20 and 25 centimeters and weighing between 2.5 and 5 kilos, the Norkie is smaller but slightly more robust than its Yorkshire Terrier relative. Their bodies are proportionate and compact, rectangular in shape and short-legged. They should have a small face with a neat muzzle and dark brown, circular eyes. Their ears are set high on their head and can be erect like Yorkies or gently drooping like Norfolk Terriers. Their nose is black and relatively large, occupying a central position on their small face. Their tail is moderately long and can be held upright or to the side. The Norkie's coat can be hard and medium-length like the Norfolk Terrier, or long and silky like the Yorkshire. In fact, most have a coat that falls somewhere in the middle of the two. When left unkempt, their coat can look quite shaggy and unkempt. Many dogs will have black and beige coats, although some have wheaten or red coats.

Temperament of the Norkie

It's typically the Norkie's personality that makes them fervent to potential owners. They rely on human companionship for their happiness and love to be surrounded by people. They are very affectionate and loving and will form close bonds with the whole family, sometimes choosing one person as a favorite. They are very happy to act as lap dogs and will never say no to a cuddle. Curious and courageous, the Norkie tackles the world at full speed and is rarely fearful or cautious. They are highly adaptable and can live well in both urban and rural environments. They are generally tolerant of children, but some dogs can be lively if handled too much, and it's always best to supervise this small breed when young children may treat them like teddy bears rather than animals. As with a number of small breeds, small dog syndrome can become a problem in the Norkie. Affected dogs can be overexcited, cheerful and often don't listen well to instructions. While they may tolerate their family, they can be unacceptable to others and may growl and lash out for no real reason. Owners must understand that, although the Norkie is small and incredibly cute, it must learn to respect the same rules as all other dogs, and that bad behavior must not be tolerated. Regular training, play and exercise can prevent this syndrome from developing.

Needs and activities of the Norkie

A real advantage of the Norkie is that it doesn't require much space or exercise. Although they are active, a vigorous 30-minute walk or hike is usually enough to satisfy them every day. Owners should supplement this short walk with a number of play sessions, and should try to keep their dog mentally engaged by offering plenty of fun and varied activities.

Maintenance of the Norkie

The Norkie's grooming requirements will depend on the parent breed it inherits, as well as on whether owners choose to keep their coat long or trim it regularly for convenience. Long, silky coats will need daily brushing to avoid tangles, while shorter coats will need brushing much less often than this. It's important that the Norkie's teeth are brushed daily to remove any plaque accumulated during the day and reduce the risk of periodontal disease. Their small jaw size means they are prone to overcrowded mouths and bad teeth. Owners can also maintain healthy teeth by eating dry kibble rather than wet, meaty diets.

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