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.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||12-15 years|
|Date of origin||1800s|
|Today's function||Earthdog trials|
|Average size of male||Height: 10 Weight: 12|
|Average size of female||Height: 10 Weight: 12|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Very affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Friendly|
|Ease of training||Easy to train|
|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.