Norwich terrier

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The Norwich Terrier is a small dog, one of the smallest among the terrier breeds. Low on legs, solidly built despite its small size, it also has good bone structure. Its resemblance to its close cousin, the Norfolk Terrier, is very strong. It differs only by the aspect of its ears: those of the Norwich Terrier are straight, while those of the Norfolk Terrier are drooping.



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Hair type Half-long
Origin Britain
Template Small
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 4 kg to 5 kg From 23 cm to 25 cm
Male From 4 kg to 5 kg From 23 cm to 26 cm
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History of the breed

Until around the middle of the 19th century, the Norwich Terrier was not clearly distinguished from the Norfolk Terrier . Both are from the same region in England, Norwich being a town in the county of Norfolk. They are made from crosses of different terrier breeds , including the Glen of Imaal Terrier, the Cairn Terrier and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier. It is mainly the subjects with red coats that were chosen to develop the Norwich Terrier and Norfolk Terrier.

Long used, like its close cousin, for hunting pests (rats, badgers) and foxes, it then gradually established itself as a companion and show dog. He   was incorporated into the register of the English Kennel Club in 1932. It was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale on October 16, 1954.

Physical features

His coat: hard in texture, lying straight against the body and lined with a fairly dense undercoat. Longer at the level of the head, it forms a collar around the dog’s face. The eyebrows and mustaches are rather provided.
Its color: any shade of wheat, red, black and tan or grizzled.
His head: large, slightly rounded skull. The muzzle is strong and wedge-shaped, the lips are tight and the jaws are strong. The stop is well marked.
His ears: triangular in shape, straight when the dog is awake, sometimes lying back when resting. Set wide apart, medium in size and with pointed ends.
His eyes: oval in shape, rather small, dark brown or black, shiny, showing great liveliness.
Its body: compact, with the top line horizontal. The back is short, the chest well arched and lowered.
Its tail: carried cheerfully and straight. Whole (uncut), it is moderately long and proportionate to the rest of the body. Thick at its attachment and thinning towards its end. Cut, it is only moderately cut.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Norwich Terrier is a dog full of energy and liveliness. Intrepidity and friendliness characterize this breed, which does not have a particular tendency to seek confrontation. He is a good companion for his master, his family , but also other dogs, since he is naturally sociable . On the other hand, he can be somewhat turbulent with small animals due to his rather assertive terrier instinct. He is a good guardian , signaling by his insistent barking the possible visits of strangers. As with regard to his physical appearance, he   has many traits and behavior in common with the Norfolk Terrier.

The Norwich Terrier must be educated in a manner that is both firm and fair . He needs just as much to be reframed from an early age as to benefit from the tenderness of his master . He must also be accustomed early enough to the presence of small animals, especially cats and rodents, in order to prevent abrupt behavior against them.

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Due to its small size, the Norwich Terrier can quite lead a happy and fulfilled life in an urban environment. It also adapts to apartment life on condition, of course, to take it for a walk frequently. A house with a fenced garden will suit him perfectly , since it gives him the opportunity to exercise as much as he wants. It adapts to all family situations, it is advisable to remain careful if it is in the presence of small animals and rodents at home.


Ease of gaining weight

The Norwich Terrier is a robust dog as a whole. Thanks to its double coat, hard and dense, it is quite resistant to cold and bad weather. Nevertheless, the health of his skin should be watched closely, as he can suffer from various skin conditions such as eczema .

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To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in case of health problems, Woopets recommends a Norwich Terrier dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Norwich Terrier is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Norwich Terrier remains subject to a moult occurring twice a year , mainly in spring and autumn. However, his hair loss is moderate . It only requires regular maintenance. Its dietary needs are also modest: 110 grams of kibble (including 70 grams of meat) are enough to meet its needs.

The Norwich Terrier is in essence an active dog. He cannot spend his time doing nothing at home, due to his strong terrier instinct. Daily outings and exercises help maintain emotional and physical balance.

It should be brushed once or twice a week with a wire brush . Dogs living outside the city need to brush more frequently to effectively remove plant residues and dirt that can get lodged in their coat. His skin should be inspected frequently for any signs of eczema. Repetitive clipping and haircuts should be avoided.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 1,400
1600 €

The purchase price of a Norwich Terrier is between € 1,400 and € 1,600.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Norwich Terrier is between NC and NC.

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