Description: The Norfolk Terrier most likely descended from this breed. Both are alike, except the Norwich Terrier has erect ears, its most distinguishing characteristic. Norwich Terriers are happy, fearless, loyal and affectionate. Adaptable and sporting, they make ideal companions. These fearless little dogs were bred for the same purpose as their Norfolk cousins.
Itís been said that Norwich Terriers adapt more easily to urban life, preferring the company of humans to the other dogs.
Height: 10 inches
Weight: 11 - 12 lbs.
Colors: All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle; white marks and patches undesirable.
Coat: Hard, wiry and straight.
Temperament: Alert, friendly
With Children: Yes, when raised with children.
With Pets: Yes, enjoys the company of other dogs, needs socialization to cats.
Special Skills: Family pet, hunter of underground animals.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Daily combing and brushing of his shaggy coat is suggested. Take extra care when shedding. You may want to have him professionally stripped a couple of times a year. Minimal clipping is needed but the hair between the pads of his feet should be trimmed. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. Should have daily exercise such as a walk on a leash but an boisterous play session will also suffice.
Training: Quick learner who needs consistent training. May have a mind of his own.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Very High
Living Environment: Ideal for an apartment as long as he receives sufficient exercise. An owner of a Norwich should enjoy a feisty, busy, curious little dog.
Health Issues: Cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 3
Country of Origin: England
History: Numerous dogs and the contribution of breeders have contributed to the development of the Norwich Terrier, but it is thought that during the late half of the nineteenth century near Cambridge England a small Irish Terrier was crossed with the Yorkshire Terrier to produce a small red and often black and tan "Cantab" terrier. From this beginning there was crossing of various other small terriers who eventually became the Norwich Terrier. In 1932 both prick and drop-ear types were recognized as the Norwich Terrier. In 1964 the English Kennel club divided them into two breeds the Norwich Terrier and the Norfolk Terrier. The AKC followed the same in 1979. Originally considered a farm dog and ratter.
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
AKC Group: Terrier Group