Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier is a small, short legged, low set dog with a coarse and wiry coat.It is also one of the smallest dogs in the terrier group.

Norwich Terrier breed group

The Norwich Terrier belongs to the terrier group. The Norwich Terrier is often confused with the Norfolk Terrier and they certainly share almost identical breed standards. However, the Norwich Terrier has prick or upright ears giving it an alert expression. The Norfolk Terrier has drop ears or ears that fold forward.

Temperament of the Norwich Terrier

Despite its small stature The Norwich Terrier is a feisty, confident character with plenty of spirit. It's a breed that needs a firm handler to prevent dominant behaviour forming. It tends to make a good family pet, but really better suited around families with older children. It is intelligent and easier to train than most Terriers.

Country of origin

Great Britain

First use of the Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier was orginally used to control vermin but today is typically kept as a companion pet, although it is sadly seldom seen.

Size and weight of the Norwich Terrier

Height 25-26 cms (10-10.5 ins)
Weight 5-5.5 kgs (11-12 lbs)

Colour varieties of the Norwich Terrier

  • Black & Tan
  • Grizzle
  • Red
  • Red Grizzle
  • Red Wheaten
  • Wheaten

Lifespan of the Norwich Terrier

A healthy Norwich Terrier should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 12-14 years.

Grooming requirements of the Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier has a double coat, consisting of coarse wiry coat topcoat and a soft downy undercoat. The coat requires hand stripping by a professional groomer twice a year. Otherwise, the coat can be kept matt and tangle free by brushing weekly with a soft slicker brush.

Exercise requirements

The Norwich Terrier requires around an hour of exercise every day. It's important to ensure gardens are secure to prevent this confident little dog escaping!

It's an intelligent dog that also requires plenty of mental stimulation to prevent destructive behaviour around the home.