Norwich Terrier

Country of origin:
Great Britain
Height (cm):
24-25
Weight (kg):
5-5,5
Life span (years):
12-15
Colour:
all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle
Size:
small
Hair length:
average
Recognized by:
FCI, AKC, UKC, KCGB, CKC, ANKC, NKC, NZKC, CET, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR, CKC
FCI code:
72
Intelligence:
Good with kids:
Trainability:
Shedding:
Watchdog:
Adaptability:
Allergy:
Yes
Pros Cons
  • excellent companion    
  • courageous
  • gets on well with children
  • friendly
  • excellent family companion               
  • chases small animals
  • bossy                                              

Overview
Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest of all terriers. Always ready for an adventure this bossy dog is loyal, courageous, very active, independent and playful companion that will be a great choice both for a family or for a hunter. This small and friendly dog will easily adapt for any living conditions.

History
The Norwich Terrier appeared approximately in the 80s of the XIX century in East Anglia. The breed originated from some types of English Terriers, which were the descendants of Yorkshire Terriers and Irish Terriers. Also the breed might have originated from the now extinct Trumpington Terrier.

The Norwich Terrier also shares its history with the Norfolk Terrier. The Norfolk and Norwich Terriers used to be the same breed with two different ear types; both were called the Norwich Terrier.

Only in 1964 the Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier were recognized as separate breeds by the English Kennel Club (KC), and in 1979 the American Kennel Club (AKC) also officially considered them as separate breeds, the Norwich had the small perked ears and the Norfolk was with the dropped ears.

The Norwich Terrier was used as ratter, hare and fox hunter. In some countries people still use this breed for hunting but mostly it is kept as a companion.

Temperament

The Norwich Terrier is an excellent companion. It is an active, energetic, friendly, curios and loving dog. This is an easy-going breed that tends to be very good with children and makes a great playmate for them. However, it best suits families with older children, who know how to treat a dog.

The Norwich Terrier is a bold and alert breed that tends to bark a lot. On the other hand, this dog loves everyone and though it makes a great watchdog its lack of aggressiveness doesn’t let it be a good guard dog.

The Norwich Terrier is friendly towards other dogs and can even live with a cat when they were socialized properly. But remember that this hunting breed will chase small animals, like strange cats, hamsters or rats.

Health Problems
The most common problems for the breed include:

• epilepsy;
• eye diseases;
• breathing problems;
• patellar luxation;
• cardiomyopathy.

Grooming
The Norwich Terrier doesn’t require much care but still needs a regular grooming. Your dog will need weekly brushing and regular stripping (at least two times per year). Bathing can be done only when necessary.

Don’t forget about the basic care. Check and clean your dog’s ears and eyes regularly, clip the nails when needed and brush the teeth often enough.

Training
Generally the Norwich Terrier is easier to train than other terriers, because of its intelligence and wiliness to please. But this is an independent breed that can be sometimes stubborn. For successful training patience and consistency are very important. This dog needs a firm leader that can set the rules and control the situation.

The Norwich Terrier needs an early socialization: expose your pet to different people, situations, animals, take it to the park and invite guest. With an attentive and loving owner this dog will grow into a well-behaved and excellent family companion.

Exercise
The Norwich Terrier is an active breed that can endure even a vigorous exercise but will be happy with a long daily walk on a leash and some time to run and play. However, this working breed needs not only physical but also mental stimulation, so try to find your dog some job to do.

The Norwich Terrier loves to play with all kind of toys and will be happy to spend time with its owners. Your dog will be an excellent hunting companion and with enough of exercise and love it will be happy both in an apartment and the country house.
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