Norwich Terrier

Breed Details


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5-6 Kg (Approx)

Life Span:

12-14 years (Approx)


The Norwich Terrier, spirited and stocky with sensitive prick ears and a slightly foxy expression, is one of the smallest working terriers. This sturdy descendent of ratting companions, eager to dispatch small vermin alone or in a pack, has good bone and substance and an almost weatherproof coat. In outline, though similar to the Norfolk, the Norwich is broader, usually short in neck and coupling and lower to the ground. In general, Norwich Terriers tend to be more round. They also appear to wear mascara.


The Norfolk Terrier and the Norwich Terrier’s history originated in the flat agricultural counties of East Anglia. They were bred for ratting and to accompany the hunt. They were not expected to follow on foot but were carried by huntsmen in wicker baskets. That in part explains why both breeds have developed into such cobby little dogs, as opposed to some of their racier cousins. Also much of their work was in agricultural drains, which being larger and straighter than the average earth, presented less problem to terriers of their make and shape.


Curious, alert, affectionate, gregarious and loyal, Norwich Terriers adapt more easily to urban life, preferring the company of humans over other dogs. They are known for their ability to adapt to different situations, making the breed ideal for either the city or country lifestyle.


A Norwich Terrier should have a double coat consisting of a harsh, nearly weatherproof outer coat, and a soft undercoat that insulates the body from heat and cold. Hand-stripping removes old outer hairs and excess undercoat so that new hair grows in. Wire coats that are cared for properly by hand-stripping have a beautiful shine and rich colours. Because clipping or scissoring cuts the coloured tips off, the natural colour will fade, and the texture will soften. The breed requires regular grooming. Learning to hand-strip, or finding a groomer who will hand-strip, is an important consideration in choosing this breed.


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