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Norwich Terrier

NorwichTerrier

An Adventurous Dog

Adventurous, Companionate, Independent

Norwich Terriers are extraordinary pets. While it is interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of Norwich Terriers, their genetics actually influence health, outward appearance and behavior. Some behaviors make the Norwich Terrier and some can be quite irritating! 

Understanding their unique needs will help you keep them healthy and will create a stronger bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about where the Norwich Terrier came from, which health conditions are a risk to them and how to keep them feeling their best.

Breed Details

Height:10" Weight:10-14 lb Lifespan:13-15 years

Size
1

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
4

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
3

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
4

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Norwich Terriers are energetic and active dogs that excel at canine sports like agility, tracking, and earthdog trails. They are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They also have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for their wiry double coat.

Dental: Norwich Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!

Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

Norwich Terriers are a loyal and self-confident family companion. With sufficient exercise and early socialization they make an affectionate and playful pet.

Positive Traits:

  • Brave and ready for adventure

  • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

  • Energetic and playful

  • Lively, with a friendly personality

  • Good with children

  • Small, but sturdy

Negative Traits:

  • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

  • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

  • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

  • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

  • Likes to dig

Whether you are considering adding a new Norwich Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norwich Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norwich Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues a Norwich Terrier could encounter:

Eye Problems

Cataracts

Glaucoma

Persistent Pupillary Membrane

Allergies

Liver Problems

The Norwich Terrier originated in Great Britain. The Norfolk Terrier and Norwich Terrier were considered one breed until 1960. The Norwich Terrier can be distinguished from the Norfolk by their ears, Norwich have erect or prick ears. The Norwich was bred to be ratters and fox hunters and display the typical terrier character. They are happy and spirited companions with high energy levels. Norwich Terriers are known for their stable temperament and charming demeanor. They are one of the smallest of the terriers in size, but not in personality.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Norwich Terrier shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

  • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Care

    Routine Care: Norwich Terriers are energetic and active dogs that excel at canine sports like agility, tracking, and earthdog trails. They are well suited to apartment life as long as they are given daily walks and frequent play sessions. They also have a strong chase instinct, so they need to be leash walked and a fenced yard is a must.

    Grooming: Brush their coat as needed, at least weekly. Twice a year stripping or clipping is also required for their wiry double coat.

    Dental: Norwich Terriers often have serious problems with their teeth, so you'll need to brush them at least three times a week!

    Ear Care: Clean their ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!

  • Characteristics

    Norwich Terriers are a loyal and self-confident family companion. With sufficient exercise and early socialization they make an affectionate and playful pet.

    Positive Traits:

    • Brave and ready for adventure

    • Vigilant watchdog with a ready bark

    • Energetic and playful

    • Lively, with a friendly personality

    • Good with children

    • Small, but sturdy

    Negative Traits:

    • Needs regular exercise to prevent chewing, digging, and other problems stemming from boredom

    • Willful and stubborn if you don’t show strong leadership

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a younger dog

    • Likely to attack other small animals, including cats

    • Exhibits signs of separation anxiety if left alone too much

    • Likes to dig

  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Norwich Terrier to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Norwich Terrier will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds.

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Norwich Terrier you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They're counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues a Norwich Terrier could encounter:

    Eye Problems

    Cataracts

    Glaucoma

    Persistent Pupillary Membrane

    Allergies

    Liver Problems

  • History

    The Norwich Terrier originated in Great Britain. The Norfolk Terrier and Norwich Terrier were considered one breed until 1960. The Norwich Terrier can be distinguished from the Norfolk by their ears, Norwich have erect or prick ears. The Norwich was bred to be ratters and fox hunters and display the typical terrier character. They are happy and spirited companions with high energy levels. Norwich Terriers are known for their stable temperament and charming demeanor. They are one of the smallest of the terriers in size, but not in personality.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Norwich Terrier shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Squinting, watery eyes, bluing cornea, redness, enlarged eye

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Slow or stunted growth; sometimes seizures after eating

    • Leg stiffness, reluctance to rise, sit, use stairs, run, jump, or “bunny hopping”

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Pain or straining to urinate, bloody urine

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Unplanned pregnancy can be dangerous

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

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