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About the Norwich Terrier

This lovable little dog is among the smallest of the working terriers. It has a short, strong, sturdy body with strong legs and a fox-like muzzle with large solid teeth. The eyes are dark and expressive and the ears are upright. The tail is docked by half. Their coats are wiry and straight and come in red, wheaten, tan, black & tan, and grizzle.


Norwich Terriers are active, courageous, and affectionate, These little dogs love everyone and are good with children. They love toys and balls and are generally good with other pets. Norwich Terriers should not be let off of their lead unless in a secure location.


Height: Approximately 10 in

Weight: Approximately 12 lbs

Health Problems

The breed is long-lived and hardy, but some dogs may suffer from breathing problems.

Living Conditions

The Norwich Terrier can live successfully in an apartment or house. A house with a fenced yard is preferred, but daily walks will give the Norwich sufficient exercise if they live in a more confined space. Norwich should not live outside. They should be part of the family as they are very people oriented dogs. Norwich should never be left in the heat.


These little dogs were bred to work. They are energetic and thrive on an active life and should be taken on a daily walk.

Life Expectancy

About 12-15 years


The shaggy, medium-length, waterproof coat may be groomed by hand stripping, clipping, or scissoring. Daily brushing is encouraged. Bathe only when necessary. Norwich are light shedders.


The Norwich and Norfolk Terriers started out as one breed, but were officially separated in England in 1964. The AKC followed by separating the breeds in 1979. The most identifiable difference is that Norwich have prick ears and the Norfolk has drop ears. The breed was officially developed in England as a small ratting dog. Later they were also used to bolt foxes that had gone to ground during a fox hunt. This small terrier could get in and out of a small burrow quite easily. As they were bred to hunt in packs, the Norwich and Norfolk Terriers tend to be more sociable than many other terriers. Today the Norwich Terrier serves primarily as a companion dog, but can still take care of vermin.

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