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Norwich Terrier

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The Norwich and Norfolk Terrier are similar in many respects since, until recently, they were recognized as one breed.  The Norwich, with its prick ears, has a somewhat more foxy expression and definitely enjoys great popularity with a large group of fanciers.  Alert, affectionate and fearless, the breed is a delight to live with when properly reared.  As all Terriers, it must be respected that their working drive may not make them the best choice with small children, cats or other small pets that they might view as appropriate prey.  However, for a home that would benefit from the addition of a lively and interesting addition, the Norwich is a great possibility.

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General Information
Group(s): Terrier Height: 9-12 inches
Weight: 12 pounds Longevity: 14-18 years
Colors: red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzled Coat type: 1-2 inch long straight, hard, wiry topcoat with undercoat
Recognized Registries: NCA, FCI, UKC, AKC and others
Overall Appearance:
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: loyal, fearless
  with Children: generally good but the children must be well mannered and supervised at all times
  with other pets: can be difficult with cats and other small mammals especially
  with dogs: generally good but will likely require proper/gradual introductions
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: One that respects the independent and fearless nature of this game terrier.
Temperament Notes: Versatile, agreeable, hardy, fearless and independent but affectionate. Always entertaining but not the easiest to train.
Training requirement: socialization is critical while young and then basic manners
Trainer notes: Much like its cousin the Norfolk Terrier, this small game terrier was developed to hunt independently of the help and support of man.  As a result, they typically do not look to people for a rudder and will enjoy things at their own pace.  By making the efforts fun and full of play they can be the most wondrous and entertaining of canine training partners.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: around 1900
Country of Origin: England
Original Function: ratter
History: This type of dog is seen in many prints from the 19th century of ratters, eventually it was recognized as a delightful companion as well and developed as a specific breed.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: too large, soft coat, too small
Health Notes: dysplasia (elbow and hip), epilepsy, eye problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Norwich Terriers?
  • What health issues are you aware of in the breed?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What would you consider the ideal Norwich Terrier temperament?
  • What health issues do you screen your breeding stock for?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • How important do you consider working ability to the concept of the Norwich Terrier "type"?
  • At what age do you send the puppies home?
  • What would you consider an ideal home for a Norwich Terrier?
  • What advice would you give for raising and training a Norwich Terrier?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?


Web Sites: Norwich Terrier Rescue

Other Resources
Breed standard: Norwich Terrier Standard as per the UKC

Breeder Ethics: - Norwich Terrier Code of Ethics

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