Finding the right puppy begins with finding a good breeder. For the love of the dog, good breeders are dedicated to producing puppies that exceed the breed average in terms of health, temperament, structure (conformation) and breed type, and usually hope to keep a puppy from a planned breeding to improve upon what they already have. The sire and dam of a planned breeding have been carefully selected by the breeder based on personal observations and studying family histories and pedigrees. The breeder ensures that the recommended health screens have been done.
The Norwich Terrier Club of America (NTCA) recommends that Norwich breeders screen breeding stock for hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, and congenital eye disease as part of the CHIC (Canine Health Information Center) program. Clinical research on a serious health issue called “Upper Airway Syndrome” (UAS) that may affect some Norwich is currently underway, with the hope that a screening test can be established in the future.
The good breeder wants to place each puppy in a good home where it can thrive and reach its best potential becoming a beloved pet and companion, regardless of whether it also will have a career in conformation, agility, obedience, therapy, earth dog, barn hunt, or other events. “Getting to know you” as a puppy buyer may involve meeting in person (often at local dog shows), talking on the telephone, email and written correspondence, exchange of pictures, personal references, an application form, and sometimes a home visit.