It is the ears' shape, carriage, and placement coupled with the set of the eyes, the depth of stop, and the length of the muzzle which chiefly affect the Norfolk's expression.
Though judicious grooming can be helpful, a Norfolk with high-set ears, or ears which break horizontally on a line with, or above the wide-arced skull, are not correct.
The correct velvet-soft drop ear is a modified vee-shape with a slight inside flare, a blunt tip, and a shallow, vertical indentation in the leather. Set back and below the crown of the skull, these small pendant-like ears fall lengthwise to just below the eye, with the inside leather lying flat against the side of the head. When aroused the ear pivots slightly forward, so the curved inside edge rests on the cheek, and the tip is drawn up to the level of the eye corner.
Originally Norfolks were derivatives of many kinds of cropped, prick, and drop-ear terriers. Today they are recognized as a well developed separate breed differing from the Irish, Border, and other hunt terriers in type, ear carriage, and expression.
ANTIC, Summer 1984
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