Norwich Terrier

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Is the Norwich Terrier right for you?

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The basics:
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

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Norwich Terrier

From BodhiBrandi Jul 20 2014 10:24PM


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Norwich Terrier

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