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Norwich Terrier Breed Summary

Energetic, Loving, Playful, Happy and Active

These dogs are one of the smallest working breed of Terriers and were named after the county that they were developed in, Norwich! They look very similar in appearance to the Norfolk Terriers though there is one slight difference as this breed have priced ears as opposed to dropped ones.

They used to be a very popular breed, both as a working dog and family pet but they have fallen out of favour recently. As a result, they have been placed on the Kennel Clubs vulnerable breed list and anyone wanting to share their home with one of these guys would have to register their interest.

Fun Fact: They were officially recognised by the Kennel Club in 1932!

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 12 - 16 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 24cm - 25.5cm
Weight Males and Females 5kg - 5.5kg
Coat Coats are Double with the Topcoat being Wiry, Hard, Straight and Closer Lying. The Undercoat is Softer and Denser
Colour Black & Tan, Grizzle, Red, Red Grizzle, Red Wheaten, Wheaten
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Primary lens luxation (PLL), Cataracts, Epileptoid cramping syndrome, Upper airway syndrome, Patellar luxation, Heart murmurs
Other Names Norwich

Norwich Terriers are known for being incredibly energetic and active, this means they need plenty of physical and mental stimulation in order to stop them from being bored, which may result in them digging up your garden or excessive baking. They get on extremely well with other humans, including strangers and children as well as lots of different animals, as long as they have been socialised properly. They never act out aggressively and are overall very happy, which is what makes them such an excellent choice for a family pet.

These dogs were originally bred to keep vermin under control and have supposedly been around for just over a hundred years. Their ancestors may include Border, Cairn and Ireland Red Terriers, although no one is completely certain. Both the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were developed by a man named Frank Jones, by crossing working Terriers, in the hope of producing smaller dogs. His development of this dog went well and he produced a breed capable of digging into small burrows. They quickly became a hit across England! It's thought that both the Norwich and Norfolk Terriers were shown as the same breed up until the end of WW2, where they eventually became two separate breeds. They became a very popular choice with hunters and farming communities alike but have since gone down in popularity so much that they have been listed as a vulnerable breed.