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.ofa.org). All our puppies are free whelped in our home. The result is healthier puppies with the best start to life, to be the best companions for you. We crate train, start beginners leash training, and winter weather permitting, we start initial potty training. We keep our puppies until they are 12 weeks old. This ensures initiation of vaccine protocols as well as early socialization with a flow of new people, places and things, to set the conditions for the best physical and mental health we can give your puppy to transition to your family.
All our adults over two years of age are health screened for hips dysplasia, patella luxation, and eye examinations (by boarded by ACVO Ophthalmologists) to meet the recommended protocols for the Norwich Terrier Club of America and receive a Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) number. We exceed those requirements by doing additional testing! 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 Wildgoose breedbing dogs are DNA tested with Embark. Embark's dog DNA test analyzes 230,000 genetic markers.This is important to a us as breeders because a good dog DNA test also uncovers genetic health risks. Embark tests for 230+ genetic health risks that can affect all dogs. Of course, testing does not gaurantee anything but it does let us make informed health decisions for breedings based on the latest medical science.
All our puppies are sold with a Non-Breeding 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 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, 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. We are located in Elginburg, ON, Canada and Newport News, VA, USA. 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 (757) 316-7111. 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.
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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.