We pride ourselves in what we think are exceptional dogs. Our Norwich Terriers are our passion. We are not a kennel. Our dogs are raised in our home, as part of our family. We generally have one or two litters a year with the intention of improving on the previous generation. Exactly the same effort goes into raising a top show dog as a companion puppy.
We carefully select exceptional males outside our blood lines to match with our girls. Each match of dam to sire seeks the best in health, temperament and conformation. Our dams, and the sires we select, have generations of documented health testing on public registries (www.offa.net). All our puppies are free whelped (no c-sections) in our home. The result is healthier puppies with the best start to be best companions for you. We crate train, start beginners leash training, and winter weather permitting, we start initial potty training. We wait until our puppies are 12 weeks old before they are ready to go to their new homes.
We do occasionally place retired show dogs. This does necessitate you visiting.
Our Puppies ...
- Are checked by our veterinarian at five days old,
- Have their tails docked and dew claws removed by a veterinarian,
- Every litter is registered with the Canadian Kennel Club and every individual puppy is subsequently registered. Using the American Kennel Club (AKC) Foreign Dog Registration Application, available through the AKC, owners can also register their dog with the AKC if they so desire.
- Are checked by our veterinarian the week prior to going,
- Are microchipped (ISO compliant radio frequency transponder) for identification, security and safety,
- Have their core puppy shots,
- Come with our Puppy Handbook on receipt of the deposit,
- Come with six weeks of puppy pet insurance (in Canada only), from the Canadian Kennel Club's Pets Plus Us coverage,
- Come with a collar, lead, blanket, toy and some food,
- Have a two year genetic health guarantee, and
- Come with a lifetime return if that unfortunate need arises.
All our adults over two years of age are health screened for hips, patellas, hearts and eyes. While we have not experienced any health problems in our breed lines we consider genetic health screening as a preventative measure that is essential to being a responsible breeder and the reason for our success. Not all breeders test their dogs. You can see our dogs on-line genetic health testing records at the links here.
- All our puppies are sold with a CKC Non-Breeding Agreement and our own companion contract. We want you to know what you can expect of us and equally, what we expect of you.
- Parents and lineage are generations of American, Canadian and European Champions. We use the adage “The best or nothing” when it comes to our breeding choices.
- We will re-home your dog for its lifetime should the unfortunate need arise.
- Puppies come with our exceptional breeder support. We are only a phone call away.
- Puppies come with our "Wildgoose Norwich Puppy Handbook", a booklet that answers all the questions you might have when bringing a new puppy into your home. Training, vaccine protocols, feeding, grooming and numerous other issues are all addressed in this booklet. We will also give you access to the locked grooming pages if you ask.
- We regularly show our dogs in the U.S. and Canada to validate our breeding program by judges and other breeders. We are active members of The Norwich Terrier Club of America, and The Canadian Kennel Club and The Rideau Terrier Club (Canada).
VISITORS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME
If at all possible we strongly encourage you to come and see our dogs in our home. It is best to make an appointment. This will give you an opportunity to ask any additional questions to make sure this is the right breed for you and for us to tell you more about our dogs. You are also welcome to telephone (613) 600-8413. We strongly believe that a dog is a lifetime commitment. Since your puppy will be a member of your family and you will live with your choice for years to come (average lifespan is 12-16 years) you will want to put in the time to finding a quality puppy over something that you may regret for the same lengthy period.
To begin the process of getting on our waiting list, please:
- Complete and return our Puppy Questionnaire. That puts you on our radar and we will respond to you. The more detailed your response the better we can understand the temperament of puppy you are looking for.
- Come and visit! While not essential to be considered for a pup, and we appreciate that distances may be great, we like to offer everyone the opportunity to see where their pup comes for, meet the mom, and our crew ranging in ages from under a year to over 15 years!
- Read our Companion Contract. We want you to know what you should expect from us and what we expect from you.
- Send us an email once a month simply saying "Still Interested". That lets us know you are serious. For us it quickly weeds out the mass mailings looking for a puppy from anybody.
- Once we have a puppy available we will let you know. Once our puppies are a week old, your non refundable deposit will confirm your intentions and secure your puppy. Full payment for the pup is required once it is 12 weeks old.
The internet is an excellent source to find things conveniently but lacks the personal touch necessary for us to place a dog responsibly. To that end if you would like to pursue this we suggest that you contact us.
Tel: (613) 600-8413