Someone didn't miss a stitch in creating these little dogs. Norwich Terriers are stars of the silver screen, both large and small — this breed is often seen in Hollywood films and on TV commercials. These feisty, fox-faced dogs are among the smallest terriers, but they're definitely not lapdogs.
Charming and high-spirited, Norwich Terriers were first bred to be barnyard ratters. These days, most spend their time keeping their people company and competing in earthdog trials.
Originally from England, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to about 12 pounds and lives an average of 12-15 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.
AKC Recognized: Y
Breed's Original Pastime: Hunting
Breed Group: Terrier
Average Lifespan: 12-15 years
Bark Factor: Moderate
AKC RANKING 100
AREA OF ORIGIN England
DATE OF ORIGIN 1800s
ORIGINAL FUNCTION ratting, fox bolting
TODAY'S FUNCTION earthdog trials
AVERAGE SIZE OF MALE Height: 10 Weight: 12
AVERAGE SIZE OF FEMALE Height: 10 Weight: 12
OTHER NAME none
Energy level High energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Very affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangers Friendly
Ease of training Moderately easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS A NORWICH TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These small and spirited dogs have big personalities. The Norwich Terrier is a solid and affectionate family dog who is generally good with kids. Norwich Terriers are outgoing and happy to meet strangers, but their high prey drive makes them a poor choice for homes with other small pets.
WHAT IS NORWICH TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?
Norwich Terriers are alert and very energetic. They make for eager working dogs and loyal, tireless companions. Plan for daily walks and romps in the backyard, but your Norwich will also enjoy every opportunity to go out and explore the wider world.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A NORWICH TERRIER?
This breed packs in a lot of spunk and smarts. Norwich Terriers can be willful, so you'll need to be patient and consistent while you're training. Be sure to discourage nuisance barking early and often.
Their hunting instincts mean that your Norwich Terrier wants to chase every small furry creature that crosses her path, so she's not a great candidate for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area. They enjoy playing with other dogs but will probably feel most comfortable in the small dog area of the dog park.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO NORWICH TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Their double coats are wiry on top with soft underneath. Norwich Terriers require regular brushing and hand stripping to maintain that “I woke up like this” fluffball look. They don't usually require frequent bathing, however. They're seasonal shedders.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO NORWICH TERRIERS HAVE?
Though Norwich Terriers are a hardy breed, some can have issues with eye disease, back problems, and breathing trouble. Others are prone to slipping kneecaps or hip dysplasia. This breed can't deliver naturally and will require C-sections to give birth.
Toy breeds and small terriers often have problems with their teeth. Be sure to brush your Norwich Terrier's teeth every day! These dogs will also eat as much as you'll let 'em, so be conscientious about meals and snacks.
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ARE NORWICH TERRIERS GOOD FOR PEOPLE WITH ALLERGIES?
The American Kennel Club doesn't list Norwich Terriers among its breeds recommended for allergy sufferers.
You can reduce your furry friend's impact on your allergies with frequent baths and brushings to reduce loose hairs and allergy-aggravating proteins in your pet's dander. Use a damp cloth to wipe off your dog after playing outside. Smaller dogs have less surface area, so they produce comparatively less dander than larger breeds — definitely something to keep in mind with a dog as small as a Norwich Terrier! Remember that no breed is 100% hypoallergenic, and any breed can aggravate allergies.
WHAT IS A NORWICH TERRIER'S BEST DAY?
The curious and busy Norwich Terrier is a dog on the go. They don't want to stay home and cuddle; they'd much rather walk or play with you. A trip to the dog park, some squirrels to chase, and a peanut butter cookie will make your Norwich Terrier's day.
SHOULD I ADOPT A NORWICH TERRIER?
Norwich Terriers are great apartment dogs as long as they're getting enough exercise, and they're versatile enough to thrive in rural or urban settings. They're not particular about the weather either, and do equally well in warm and cold temperatures. Norwich Terriers are a great match for active folks looking for a small-sized, larger than life canine companion.
Have you decided that a Norwich Terrier is the perfect dog for you? Why not be your new best friend's hero and adopt a rescue! Be sure to check out our article on what to expect when you're adopting a dog or cat.