The Norwich Terrier is a breed of dog which was first bred in the United Kingdom during the 1800s for hunting vermin. The breed, a descendant of the Irish Terrier, is a hardy dog useful for chasing fox, ridding farms of rodents, and as a family companion. The breed was involved in a long-standing controversy over its ear type, and during the 1930s, two separate breeds were formed from one. The Norwich Terrier has prick ears; the Norfolk, it’s “cousin” is the drop-ear type. Other than the difference in ears, the breeds are practically the same.
The Norwich Terrier stands 9 to 10 inches tall and weighs 11 to 12 pounds. It has a double coat which can be red, black and tan, wheaten, or grizzle. The topcoat of the Norwich is harsh and wiry, while the undercoat is warm and soft.
The breed is very intelligent and affectionate. It generally makes an excellent family pet and is wonderful with children. It can even do well with other pets as long as they are not so small that they are mistaken for prey. The breed is eager to please and very sensitive to punishment. It is not generally very reserved. The Norwich Terrier loves company and thrives on activity. The Norwich Terrier needs daily exercise in order to remain happy and healthy. The breed may become bored with routine so changing things up every so often is important. The breed does well if it is taught new tricks and given challenges. Inadequate stimulation and exercise can result in behavioral problems.
The breed is somewhat high maintenance, due to its harsh coat which needs to be brushed at least once a week if not daily, and stripped monthly.
The breed is generally healthy and can live for 12 to 16 years on average. The Norwich Terrier may experience some health issues such as epilepsy, narrow trachea, luxating patella, hip dysplasia, mitral valve disease, oral imperfections, and upper airway syndrome.