Norwich Terrier

Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Good With Dogs
Watchdog Ability


The breed was established in the late 1860 as a working terrier in eastern England. It is used mainly for hunting rodents in the courts and stables as well as a companion. It is also the mascot of the Cambridge University. Perhaps its ancestors were small red terriers, carried out on the outskirts of Norwich, or short-lived Trumpington terrier. In the past, the breed was named after Jones Terrier and Kentab terrier.

The recognition occurred at the Kennel Club show in Norwich in 1932, organized by the British Kennel Club. Initially, erect ears were castrated by farmers, but soon this practice became illegal. Today, both breeds – the Norwich and the Norfolk Terrier are divided only on the basis of their ears.

Physical characteristics

The Norwich terrier has short and compact body and flat back. The head has a broad skull and the muzzle is wedge shaped. The sideburns and eyebrows are raised. The ears are erect, the neck is short and stocky. The coat is hard, wiry and skintight. It is long and rough on the shoulders and soft and short on the head. The coloration can be black, tan, yellow, gray, shades of red, etc. The legs are short and muscular. The tail is pointed at the end. These small-sized dogs weight about 5-7 kg and are between 20 and 25 cm high.

Character and behavior

The Norwich terrier is a tiny, extremely mobile and energetic dog that overflows with energy, love and desire to play. It is an incorruptible guard and a brave warrior, but at the same time has a sensitive soul. It is obsessed when it comes to food and toys, and sometimes very jealous, but it can be controlled with proper education from an early age.

Training and education

The Norwich Terrier is brave, but not aggressive, confident - but not stubborn. This dog is receptive and easy to train. It needs daily walks and safely and securely place to play and run. When it comes to strangers, some representatives of the breed will be very friendly and hospitable, and the rest will stay reserved. For those of you for whom the garden is their little pride, you should know that one of the favorite activities of this terrier is to dig holes. Dogs of this breed are excellent protectors of home and family - they will alert every time they feel that something is wrong. They often bark unreasonably so if you are looking for a quiet puppy, this is not the most appropriate choice.

Health problems

The average life expectancy is around 12 to 14 years. There are several health problems, which you should know about before choosing from a number of puppies for sale. These issues are: HD, epilepsy, cardio - vascular problems, allergies to certain drugs and medications. Both parents of your little puppy should have OFA certificate.

Grooming and care

All you need to do to keep the coat in good condition is to comb it once a week. You should keep the hair at the bottom clean and soft for hygiene reasons. Trim the hair every few months to keep it in good condition. The Norwich Terrier is a perfect pet because its hard, but fitting coat does not collect dirt and does not need a haircut, but a normal hygienic care.

Children and other pets

The Norwich Terrier gets along perfectly with children, especially when they are kind and gentle, because it doesn't like a rough touch and strong grip. Its attitude towards other animals will be reserved and aggressive if you have failed to ensure its early social environment, in which case it will pursue mainly cats and other small animals.

Interesting facts

The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1935. Later, in 1964 the British Kennel Club recognizes the version with drop ears as a separate breed. In 1979 the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club, the United Kennel Club and the Canadian Kennel Club and was named Norfolk Terrier. Until then, both breeds are called PE (English: Pricked ears, erect ears) and DE (English: Drop ears, dropping ears).