Norwich Terrier



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.


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.


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. 


There are no particular health problems for Norwich Terriers. They usually live to 12-14 years.


Norwich are active by nature. To keep them in healthy condition a Norwich should be taken for daily walks on leash. Because a Norwich has strong hunting instincts and typical terrier curiosity, most breeders and owners recommend that the breed be exercised in a fenced area or on leash.

Norwich enjoy other dogs and free play in an enclosed and safe area. The Norwich’s wiry coat is weather proof and requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping along with the occasional bath.

Norwich Terriers are smart willing companions and can excel in a variety of canine activities.

Words: Elizabeth Hindley



In Conclusion

Now you know a little about the Norwich Terrier, you may think that this is the dog for you. Before you make a decision, please make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the Norwich Terrier and its needs, and whether this breed would suit your lifestyle.