Life span: 11-14 Years
Height: 9 -11 inches
Weight: 11 – 12 lbs.
Developed in the United Kingdom, the Norwich Terrier is a small breed that was originally used to hunt small game and rodents. However, nowadays, the Norwich find its place primarily as a companion to its owners. The Norwich is noted for its high energy level, making it a hard-working dog when it is set to a task. It has a dense, wiry coat that helps to protect it from the elements, and its coloration can be red, black, tan, or wheaten.
This breed is not ideal for owners with no patience. They are mischievous dogs that will dig up your flowers, and bark for almost any reason. They must be kept entertained and properly exercised.
Their ears are small and remain erect, as well as their tail. The eyes are brown with a blue or black nose. Their double coat is made up of a soft and dense undercoat, and a waterproof and wiry overcoat that is rough to the touch. Coat colors include black, red, brown and light brown.
They originated through crossbreeding several terriers, and had different names such as Trumpington, Jones and Cantab Terriers. In 1880, sporting Undergraduates from Cambridge University used these dogs as rat and fox hunters, making them popular. The breed itself originated in Norwich, England, and was considered to be the same as the Norfolk breed, naming them Norwich Terrier D.E and P.E (drop ears and prick ears), until 1964, when it was established which was which due to their ears. However, it was not until 1979 that the Canadian Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club recognized them as seperate breeds. In 2009, separate clubs were created for each breed, with the Norwich Terrier Club of America being created for this breed. The first Norwich Terrier to be brought into the United States was famous due to its fox hunting skills.
This breed does not get along well with small household pets, and might chase any small animals it sees. It does get along well with larger animals, such as cats or dogs. They are quite loud, and can find almost any reason to bark, so be sure to keep them entertained. They are loyal and playful, but also mischievous, and will not hesitate to dig up your backyard.
This breed is generally healthy. However, they may suffer from:
Collapsed Trachea, in which rapid intakes of air flatten the trachea, making it difficult for air to pass through.
Elongated Soft Palate, which can obstruct airways and cause difficulty when breathing. It can be corrected through surgery, by removing the excess palate.
Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.
This breed must be hand stripped regularly, as well as having their hair trimmed. Their nails should be trimmed regularly, as well as their teeth brushed and ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections. Although not incredibly high energy, they do need daily exercise, preferably in the form of walks. They should never be walked without a leash or left in an unfenced area. Training should be easy given that they love to please their owners. Early socialization is highly recommended for this breed.