Related to the Norfolk Terrier, it differs from it only in its ears and was accepted as a separate breed in 1964. It seems to descend from the Red Irish Terrier, the breeder's goal being to obtain a small, strong and brave dog like the Norwich Terrier.
It is a small-sized dog, one of the smallest terriers, with strong legs, with a short and strong body. It has a broad and rounded head, with a strong, trapezoidal muzzle, shorter than the skull. It has small, dark eyes, set apart. The ears are small, with pointed tips and erect. Its head looks very much like a fox's. The tail is short, straight and carried vertically. The fur is double-layered, with a rough, smooth, hard, close to the body outer layer, longer on the neck and shoulders, almost like a mane and shorter on the head, muzzle and ears. The hair may be all shades of red, straw-yellow, black with brown.
It is a lively, non-aggressive, intelligent, alert, dynamic and daring dog, good and friendly but sometimes stubborn. It is affectionate and devoted to its master, it has no problems with children or with other dogs or other household animals. It announces strangers by barking and then calms down.
The hair must be brushed, combed regularly and trimmed 2-3 times per year.
It is a dog which can adapt quite easily to the offered living conditions: in the open or in a flat, depending on its master - more or less active. It needs socialization and training.
This dog learns rather quickly, without any special problems during training if it is consistent, firm, well-balanced, without being harsh or cruel.
It likes walks and digging. It is rarely used to hunt small animals and more used as a pet.