Norwich Terrier



The Norwich Terrier originated in Great Britain the 19th century. This breed was bred to hunt vermin (rabbits and hares) and rodents. Norwich Terriers are more social than other varieties of terrier family. Moreover, this terrier is one of the smallest; it is low, compactly build and fairly strong.

Height: 9-10 inches  Weight: 11-12 pounds  Lifespan: 12-16 years


The Norwich Terrier is a loyal, active, curious and courageous dog. He can be very noisy but never aggression nor frustrated. Norwich Terriers are fearless and tenacious, and at the same time, they have a loving heart and cheerful character. This breed is very affectionate and needs constant communication with its family. Comparable Breeds: Norfolk Terrier.


The Norwich Terrier is a very intelligent dog. This breed prefers human companionship and communication with children, but it gets along well with other dogs. Thus, these dogs cannot tolerate cats, and they see them as prey. To prevent this from happening, the Norwich Terrier should socialize with these small animals at very young age. Moreover, shyness or excessive caution will be under control. Norwich Terriers simply love to be in the limelight, and they consider themselves part of the family.

Coat / Care:

The Norwich Terrier is covered with a two-layered coat, adherent to his body. The outer layer is straight, rigid and has a wiry texture. The bottom layer is thick, protecting the dog from adverse weather. The Norwich coat can be red, wheaten, black and tan. Since this breed sheds weakly, grooming is quite simple. Everyday cleaning and combing are highly important. Also, the Norwich Terrier must undergo professional trimming. Bathe your dog only when it’s really necessary and make sure to use a dry shampoo. This breed requires special attention during the shedding season. Norwich Terriers are hardy dogs, generally very healthy.

Health Problems:

But like all breeds, these dogs are prone to certain health conditions, including tracheal collapse, epilepsy, elongated soft palate and eye diseases.


The Norwich Terrier is very clever, which makes him easily trained. However, like all terriers, this one is not an exception when it comes to stubbornness. In addition, Norwich Terriers are not very interested in house rules concerning cleanliness. The best results can be achieved by being patient, persistent and consistent. Indeed, general training is very important for Norwich Terriers.


The Norwich Terrier is an energetic dog, always ready to go hiking and jogging with his owner. Nevertheless, keep in mind that Norwich Terriers cannot be trusted without a leash. Dogs of this breed are quite easily distracted, always ready to herd people around them. This is a really great companion, who wants to spend time with his family. Do not leave the Norwich Terrier alone for a long time. If left neglected, he will behave destructively, followed by incessant bark. Norwich Terriers are perfect for keeping in the apartment, but they require a devoted owner.

Photo credit: Llima Orosa/Flickr

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