Species group: Terrier Group dogs
The Norwich and the Norfolk Terrier are two breeds developed from a small terrier kept by college undergraduates to catch rats around Cambridge University in the 1880s. The Norwich Terrier has prick ears, while the Norfolk Terrier has drop ears. Both breeds have that dogged terrier personality that once gave them the courage to chase rats and foxes right into their dens. Despite their small size, expect a spunky dog that demands to be included in family activities. A bored, badly socialized Norwich Terrier will find plenty of ways to get into trouble, including chasing other animals or digging up your garden. But if you can provide loving guidance for a spirited dog that loves to be with you, then one of these confident if stubborn terriers could be the right choice.
Appearance / health:
The Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest of the working Terriers with a foxy expression and sensitive prick ears. The skull is broad and slightly rounded with good width between the ears. The muzzle is wedge shaped and strong. The oval eyes are small and dark. The jaw is clean and strong. The nose and lip are black in color. The elbows are close to the ribs. The feet are round with thick pads.
Combing and brushing the coat once a week is necessary to remove dead hair and prevent matt formation. Many owners hand strip the coat in fall and in spring.
Daily walks for 20-30 minutes or play sessions are sufficient to keep the Norwich healthy.
Norwich Terriers are difficult to breed and many are born through Caesarean section. The common inherited defects in Norwich Terriers include breathing problems and epilepsy. Genetic eye abnormalities and thyroid problems may be present in some dogs.
Behavior / temperament:
Norwich Terriers like to dig. With sufficient exercise, digging is not a problem with these breeds. They may prefer the company of humans to other dogs. Kenneling or chaining these dogs for too long may cause behavioral problems in these dogs. They enjoy hunting, and are well known as great vermin-killers.
Training Norwich Terriers requires good amounts of patience, kindness, and consistency. Food is a strong motivation for Norwich Terriers.
They are sensitive to harsh treatment, and owners must use praise to reward good behavior. Early socialization and obedience training are necessary.
Most Norwich Terriers do not bark much though some bark a lot. Dogs may bark out of boredom, lack of exercise, or simply because they spot something unusual. Adequate training, socialization, and exercise may help to reduce their tendency to bark.
cute, fantastic dog, adventurous, delightful breed, great fun, Low maintenance
short temper Max, Obedience, groomer, maintenance
small litters, mischievous, brisk walks, tough dog
Like Toto - A Magical Breed and Best Friend
My Noriwch Terrier, Juna, was truly a little angel. Literally, that's what the family called her while we had her. An easy going temperament, never a growl or bark out place, always obedient and full of life. For the size of the breed she lived a long life - nearly 20 years!
Juna was always friendly with everyone she met, so as a guard dog, you could find better, but as a best friend? Incomparable. Their legs are only a few inches so this isn't a dog that can go for long outdoor hikes but that doesn't mean they wont romp around and play their hearts out. She was one for playing fetch, that's for sure, and she loved quick jaunts through the woods but as memory serves me, she got thirsty quick and given the short snout, breathing was heavy and audible almost always.
Dont let this deter you from owning a Norwich however; they are robust smaller dogs that work excellently in town homes or apartments. Originally bred as ratting dogs in days long past, they love to hunt around the house and so long as you have a carpet down and don't mind the sound, they are furious little diggers.
Norwich Terriers are easily trained and I had her crate trained after one year. Command training was accomplished but it took about two months of dedicated effort, i.e. 3-5 training sessions per week to where she would nail everything down.
Beautiful and loved by everyone who would meet her, my Juna was a precious little creature who knew how to read my face - a nuzzle when I was sad and a goofy little yip when she could sense I was happy. Great for families or loners, there is nothing this little dog won't do for you..
From BodhiBrandi Jul 20 2014 10:24PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 54 days ago
Loyal but short temper
Max is a dog that won't hesitate to cuddle with you, but you can't really pet him too much or else he'll go sit somewhere else. He doesn't enjoy being bathed, brushed, picked up or really messed with at all; although, he is always up for a walk. He doesn't pay too much attention to visitors and most of the time he'll act the same way around my family and I as he does with strangers..
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