Norwich Terrier Breed Guide

Breed Group:
Terrier Dogs

Middle Age: 6 years

Geriatric Age: 10 years

Life Span: 10 to 14 years

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Norwich Terrier Background & History

Once categorized with the Norfolk Terrier, the Norwich Terrier didn’t become their own independent breed until 1964. The main difference that set these two breeds apart is that the Norfolk Terrier has dropped ears while the Norwich Terrier has prick ears.

Aside from this, these terriers had many things in common, including both these dogs originated in England and were used for hunting vermin and small rodents throughout the country’s farms. Within the next couple of years, the Norwich Terrier was eventually brought to the United States where they continued to participate in their hunting duties. By the end of the 1900’s, the Norwich terrier was identified as a registered breed by the AKC.

Norwich Terrier Personality Traits

Protective and affectionate, the Norwich Terrier is a playful breed that loves to be apart of an active household. While there is nothing violent about these pups, they do feel the need to alert their loved ones at the first site of an intruder and will bark at strangers if they feel their family may be threatened.

Like with all terriers, they still have a stubborn personality at times, which can make training efforts a challenge. As long as you train and socialize him at a young age, he can be a well-behaved and loyal household pet for years to come.

Norwich Terrier Training Tips

As previously stated, the Norwich Terrier can be quite difficult to train in the beginning. If they are given too much freedom, they will try to call the shots and run the household. That’s why it’s important to establish yourself as the authority as early on as possible.

Begin the canine training process while they are still a puppy and make sure to have consistent practices. You should also socialize your dog with different people, places, and experiences so he learns how to properly behave on a daily basis.

Norwich Terrier Exercise Needs

Even though this breed may be small, that doesn’t mean they can be locked inside a house all day without any exercise. They need some type of activity so they can release their built-up energy, even if it’s a 15-minute walk or a little game of fetch.

Aside from a daily walk, the Norwich Terrier also enjoys running around in the backyard whenever they please. However, since these dogs are great escape artists, make sure their space is completely enclosed and secured.

Norwich Terrier Lifespan

On average, the Norwich Terrier lives to be about 12 to 14 years old.

Norwich Terrier Breed Popularity

Today, the Norwich Terrier is ranked as the 103rd most popular breed in the United States by the American Kennel Club. This ranking is based on 202 registered breeds that have been officially recognized.

Norwich Terrier Feeding Requirements

The Norwich Terrier should consume between ½ to 1 cup of high-quality food a day, split into two equal meals. Keep in mind every dog is unique, and it’s important to consider your pet’s size, age, metabolism, and activity level before creating a specific feeding regimen. If you are still confused on how much you should be feeding your dog, consult your veterinarian for professional assistance.

Norwich Terrier Grooming

The dense double coat of the Norwich Terrier requires weekly brushing but is still fairly easy to maintain. As long as you are good about your regular brushing, your Norwich Terrier will not need to be bathed very often unless he gets into a dirty mess.

Aside from their coat grooming, make sure to brush their teeth at least once a week and check their ears regularly for infection. If their nails are not being worn down on their own, be sure to trim them every couple of weeks.

Are Norwich Terriers Good with Kids?

Lover of people and companionship, it’s no surprise that the Norwich Terrier works great in a household with kids. As long as they have been raised with children and understand how to interact with them, a Norwich Terrier can be the perfect playmate for any member of the home, no matter their age or size.

Norwich Terrier Health Problems

The Norwich Terrier is a fairly healthy breed, but that doesn’t mean they are susceptible to all health problems. Possible health concerns that owners should be aware of include:

Epilepsy: Epilepsy in dogs is the number one cause of seizures. While there is no known cure for epilepsy, most dogs can take medication and continue living a happy and normal life.

Tracheal collapse: Tracheal collapse occurs when the tracheal rings in the throat begin to weaken until they eventually flatten and restrict the passage of air. This health problem is common among smaller dog breeds.

Dental issues: Dental disease is a common threat to any terrier breed. The risk of dental disease and other hygienic issues can be reduced by brushing their teeth every couple of days to prevent bacteria and tartar from building up.

Other Resources

National Breed Website: Norwich Terrier Club of America 

Rescue: Norwich Terrier Club of America Rescue 

Health Issues Associated with this Breed: