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Norwich Terrier Upper Airway Syndrome: Welcome to the NTUAS Study Group


Norwich terriers (NTs) are intelligent and courageous little dogs, with affectionate and loyal characters. To know a Norwich terrier often means to fall in love with one.

Breeders and owners of NTs have long recognized upper airway issues in these lovable dogs, often referring to them as “raspy breathers.” Unfortunately, veterinary awareness and recognition of the syndrome (Norwich Terrier Upper Airway Syndrome or NTUAS) is not as widespread.

The overall goal of the NTUAS Study Group is to improve the quality of life of Norwich terriers through the alleviation of NTUAS. The first step was to clearly characterize the condition by performing in-depth evaluations on many Norwich terriers of all ages. Michigan State University has conducted this clinical research in collaboration with UC Davis, Texas A&M, and University of Pennsylvania. To complete our data acquisition, we would like to have a more accurate idea of the prevalence of NTUAS within the breed, and we would like all Norwich terrier owners to participate in the survey below, once for each Norwich terrier they own:

2018 NTUAS Owner Survey