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Why are Norwich terriers so difficult to find? 
In 2017, AKC stats show only 534 Norwich pups born in USA; this is a 33% decrease in the number of pups born annually since 2008. There are simply fewer people breeding purebred dogs.

Puppies from Verdant Norwich
Curently we have over 45 families on our wait list for puppies.  We think it will take about 1.5 years to meet the current demand for pet puppies. If you are interested in a compannion pet, please go to the questionnaire page and fill out an application.  We use these forms to place prospective buyers on our wait list. Because Norwich pups are so difficult to find, we hold true to the order of families waiting. If you have submitted an adoption form and heared back from us, you are on the list and we will do our best to honor your request.

If you are looking for a show or breeding dog, please contact us via email.  As always, those who want show and breed our dogs advance to the top of the list.  Our hope is that by prioritizing those who want to breed, more healthy Norwich can be provided to the public.  If you have never shown before and live in the Northen Calfornia area, we would be more than happy to help you learn about breeding and showing.  If you are interested in a show dog and would want to have a professional handler to show your dog, we would also move you up the list. 
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January 2019 Update
On New Year's eve 2019, both Chloe and Evita had litters of 3. Unforuntely, Evita was unable to push out her last pup and she had a c-section. The pup was dead. Chloe had her pups without any help, but one pup never nursed well and died at day 3.  The remaining pups are doing very well and have tripled in weight after two weeks.

 Ivy had her puppies on January 15, a full 4 days earlier than expected. She produced 3 very health pups.

2017
Fergie produced some amazing pups her first litter.  Of her four pups, we've kept 2 for show.  Layla was shown for the first time at the 2018 Northern California Terrier Association Specialty in Sacramento. Judge Lisa Sons awarded Layla "Best in Sweepstakes" and her half brother Bauchi as "Best Opposite Sex".

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2019 Breeding Plans
Many of you like to get updates about our breedings for the year.  In 2019, we've already had two litters with Ivy due this week.  We hope to breed the following girls: Bonnie, Dee Dee, Fergie, Matta Hari, JoJo, Kari and Layla. If, and it's a big if, all of the girls whelp 3 pups we will have about 15 pups up for pet adoption. The remainder will go to show homes.

Above is a photo Andrew and the Verdant pack settled in for the night.

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Connie free-whelped 2 pups in early January 2018 - both boys are doing well.  The pups are already promied to loving familes.

 
Pup just waking up
Pup just waking up
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Verdant's Lucky Levi at about 8 weeks old.  We called him Buddha for a time because he had such a huge belly. He is looking very handsome now that he is 6 months old and will be shown the first time at the Norwich Terrier Club of America Specialty show in May 2018. See him showing off this belly in the photo below.

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Fergie whelped 4 pups on October 13th, 2017.  The 3 boys and 1 girl are already spoken for.  One is headding to Napa, one to Laguna Beach and one to Pasadena.  The pups will go to their new familes at the beginning of the new year.

Sire: GGCH Apollo
Dam: Verdant's Fergie the Fashionista

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Bonnie (Verdant's Chica Bonita) free-whelped 6 puppies (3 female and 3 male) on 6 May, 2017.  This is a huge litter, our biggest ever.  The sire is GCH Michans Mick Like a Rolling Stone. Bonnie did it.  She weaned all 6 pups and they are fat and sassy.  They each weigh about 3 pounds.  They are all spoken for and will go to loving homes.

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Bonnie's female pups.  Late May 2017.

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Bonnie's pups, litter of 6, at 1 month old. All are doing very well.  Most have grown from 6 oz. at birth to about 2 lbs as of June 3, 2017. 

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Talulah recently free whelped a litter of 2 puppies. Sadly, the second puppy boy was breech and stuck in the birth canal and we simply couldn't get it out soon enough to revive him. Whelping a litter is not for the faint of heart. The puppy's sire hails from Pennsylavania, GCH Fentondale Rudy Rooster's Rabbit Ridge.   

Best Beginner Puppy  at the Sacramento Kennel Club.
Best Beginner Puppy at the Sacramento Kennel Club.

Verdant's Matta Hari Tiny Dancer- Best Beginner Puppy at the 2017 Sacramento Kennel Club. We are pleased that Jesus Reyes, our hairdresser and co-owner of Hari's mom allowed us to breed Connie. She produced two lovely pups.  One placed with a young couple in the Stockton area. 

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Boonie had 5 pups on Sunday morning.  She delivered at 57 days, which is about 3 days earlier than typical.  One male pup was about 75% of the weight of the other 4 pups.  He is now gaining weight and we hope for the best.  In total, there were 3 males and 2 females.  The litter was free-whelped, meaning that Bonnie delivered on her own.  When possible we always let the bitch deliver on her own.  This is Bonnie's second litter being free-whelped. 
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Some of you have asked for a picutre of Bentley (Abbedale Take Two at Taliesin), the sire of Bonnie's pups.  Annie, Bentley's owner, sent this photo of him.
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Bonnie is doing very well with her pregnancy.  She is getting quite large and is starting to seek out pillows to relieve the pressure of the growing pups.  She has a week and a half, or there abouts to go. 
Connie at 2 days old.
Connie at 2 days old.
Dam: CH Briardales No Nonsense Niña
Sire: GCH Waiterock Jack Falstaff
Whelped: June 9, 2013
Vinnie at 9 weeks old
Vinnie at 9 weeks old
 
BE CAREFUL WHEN BUYING A NORWICH ON THE INTERNET. As members of the Norwich Terrier Club on America and leaders in the Northern California Norwich Tierrier Club, we are concerned about our breed. Great job Dana Esquibel for helping to perserve our breed. Norwich are not easy to come by and you may need to wait some time to get one of these wonderful and spirited little guys, but it's worth it.  Please check out this link to see a persistent issue with our breed:

http://www.bestinshowdaily.com/the-loss-of-integrity-of-the-norwich-terrier-registry/

We also would like to refer you to this very accurate, in our opinion, video from Discovery Channel's Animal Planet.  It helps to explain our breed; and, really it's pretty much on the money:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu2VB-4UNm4

As an aside, we try always to have our females whelp naturally.  Sometimes we lose a pup, but seeing a mom come home from the vet knocked out from anesthetic is not what we like. Some of our fellow breeders disagree with our descion, but if one of our girls is in trouble we head straight to our vet. We also health test all our breeding stock to make certain we have the most healthy pups we can.
Bonnie at 9 weeks old.
Bonnie at 9 weeks old.
 
Female Puppy at Week 4.
Female Puppy at Week 4.
 
Male Puppy at Week 4
Male Puppy at Week 4
 
bonding moment with female puppy
bonding moment with female puppy
 
Puppies at 3 weeks.
Puppies at 3 weeks.
 
Puppies at 1 week old.
Puppies at 1 week old.
 
1 boy and 1 girl
1 boy and 1 girl
Dam: CH Briardales No Nonsense Niña
Sire: GCH Foxwood Chasing a Dream

Litter Whelped: November 16,2012
Bonnie is being a good mama to these newborn puppies naturally whelped on January 24, 2015.
Bonnie is being a good mama to these newborn puppies naturally whelped on January 24, 2015.
NEW LITTER!!

We bred Bonnie (our most recent AKC champion) to CH Briardales Lion King (Leo), multiple Eukanuba and Westminster best of breed title holder. She delivered a litter of 3 puppy girls and 1 male puppy. They are all in good weight. I'm so proud of Bonnie to have free-whelped these puppies!

 

Dam: CH Verdant's Chica Bonita
Sire: GCH Briardales Lion King
Whelped: January 24, 2015 (3 girls & 1 boy)