Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier comes from a breed of dog that originates in the United Kingdom and originally was bred to hunt for small vermin and other rodents. They are one of the smallest of the terriers; and although they are generally healthy animals, they are rare animals due to the low litter size. Even with the low litter size, most Norwich Terriers need caesarian sections due to their small bodies.

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The Norwich Terrier is a small dog with a very loving attitude, which makes the breed not only desirable for its small and distinct look, but also for their demeanors as pets.


This breed has been around since the late 19th Century and was a working Terrier of East Anglia, England. They were used as ratters in the style yard as well as boaters of fox during a hunting expedition and even family companions. Earlier on in the history of the Norwich Terrier, they were known as Jones Terrier and Cantab Terrier.

Because of some different characteristics within Norwich Terrier, such as their ears, many breeders started to work hard to make the differences very apparent, starting in the 1930s. Even though the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier were interbred for many years, they are now very different and distinct breeds.

In 1979, the Norwich Terrier was recognized by the American Kennel Club no matter if their ears were prick ears or drop ears.


The Norwich Terrier is considered a small-sized dog. The average height of a male or female Norwich Terrier is 9.4 to 10 inches. The weight average for a standard Norwich Terrier male or female is 11 to 12.1 pounds.


They may be small dogs, but they are hardy dogs often called courageous. They are very intelligent and affectionate to their owners. It is true that they can be assertive, but it is not normal for them to be aggressive, quarrelsome or even shy. These characteristics are not normally part of the personality of a Norwich Terrier.

The Norwich Terrier is very energetic and love their active lifestyles. They love to run and enjoy their space. Because Norwich Terriers love being with their companions, they do not like to be left outside.

Although some Terriers may have a problem with barking, Norwich Terriers do not have much of a problem if they get to release their extra energy. They do not unnecessarily bark, but they will do their best to warn their owners of strangers. It is true that Norwich Terriers may be wary of people, but they will move on and become friends easily when they realize there is no threat.

As a whole, the Norwich Terrier is good with children and usually can co-habit peacefully with other dogs if they are brought up together since they were puppies. It is important for owners to be cautious of the pet rodents in the home because Norwich Terriers may mistaken them for prey.


The Norwich Terrier lives to on average 13 years and are generally healthy dogs; but as with most breeds, they may have types of health issues. The good news is that breeders can complete preventative genetic health testings to reduce the incidences of the healthy possibilities.

Some of the healthy problems may include the following: Tracheal Collapse, Elongated Soft Palate, and Epilepsy.

Norwich Terriers should have health clearances from the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, hypothyroidism, and von Willebrand's disease; from Auburn University for thrombopathia; and from the Canine Eye Registry Foundation certifying that eyes are normal.


Training is usually easy with Norwich Terriers as they are very intelligent animals. One thing to keep in mind is that Norwich Terriers enjoy to be challenged. As with most breeds, crate training is the best way to train, and the Norwich Terrier is no different. It may take longer than usual to housetrain a Norwich Terrier, but with patience and consistency, there should be no problems.

Norwich Terriers need daily exercise because they have a lot of energy. A couple walks that last about 10 to 15 minutes would work or even some playtime would be great for this breed too.

As Norwich Terriers are hungry all the time, you have to be careful with what is available for the Norwich Terrier can eat. They will pretty much eat anything.


Here is a link to the Norwich Terrier Club of America. Please check your local area for other rescues near you or to learn more about this breed.


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