Many of us are very concerned about the number of Norwich Terriers with abnormalities involving the upper airway. Although only a portion of Norwich Terriers have clinical signs of noisy breathing, many show signs of difficulty breathing or reduced stamina during activities such as agility, and a study in Switzerland showed that the vast majority of Norwich tested by upper airway scoping were affected to some extent. A variety of changes were seen including everted laryngeal saccules, elongated soft palates and other alterations to airway structure and integrity.
If you would like to financially support canine health studies involving Norwich Terriers, please donate to the Norwich Terrier Donor Advised Fund at the Canine Health Foundation. All donations are tax deductible. Please make sure that every donation is specifically marked “For Norwich Terrier DAF.” Click this link for information on how to send the donation to CHF:
This CHF podcast is an interview with Dr. Danika Bannasch, a veterinary geneticist with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. An expert in genetic research and testing, Dr. Bannasch recently hosted a round table discussion on interpreting genetic test results and how to incorporate those results into a breeding program. In this podcast she discusses genetic test basics and how breeders should use genetic tests.
Listen to the Podcast
CHF released a new podcast on cryptorchidism ( a retained, or
“hidden”, testicle) available at this link:
The podcast is an interview with Dr. Max Rothschild, professor of
agriculture and life sciences and director of the center for integrated
animal genomics at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary
Medicine. Dr.Rothschild has been studying genetic component of
cryptorchidism and his study found some interesting and surprising
interaction of the genes located on chromosomes X and 1. In other words,
this male condition, comes from an X chromosome, not Y. It involves two or
Please spread the word and forward this note to every Norwich Terrier owner
The Norwich Terrier Club of America, with the cooperation of the Orthopedic
Foundation for Animals, has launched an online health survey for our breed. Please
participate in this important effort. Please fill out the survey for every
Norwich you have ever owned. In order not to duplicate any records please
fill out the information for dogs that you are, or you were, the last owner
of. If you are not the last owner of given dog but would like to submit the
information please make sure you contact the last owner and let them know
that you already filled the questionnaire for that dog. The survey is
anonymous. No names of dogs are ever used. We are looking for statistical
snapshot of focus areas for the health committee to concentrate on.
It is a “smart” survey that will ask more questions in next pages only if
needed. For example if your dogs has cancer you will have an opportunity to
check which kind, the age of onset and so on. For those who do not answer
yes to cancer question those additional questions never show up and the
survey does not take you through unnecessary questions. You can go back to
check “yes” for areas you might have forgotten. For example for noise
phobias (or any phobias) please indicate an issue under “temperament”. You
will then have a chance to indicate shyness or noise phobia in following
pages. Also, if you have more than one Norwich you will not have to
answer the general questions about yourself. You will just answer “yes” to
already having participated in the survey with another dog.
Thank you very much for participating!
To take the survey, go to: www.offa.org/surveys/survey_norwich.html.
NTCA Health Chair