Norwich Terrier Information

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The Norwich Terrier is a very small dog with unique features.  One distinct characteristic is their round head and flat skull.  From their head is their short rectangular muzzle.  Many owners are entranced by their large round eyes that seem to speak their emotions.  Sitting on top of their head are two bat-like ears which stand erect.  This breed has a short neck that leads to broad shoulders and a deep chest for such a petite dog.  Round feet sit at the bottom of their short chubby legs.  The Norwich Terrier naturally has a tail but it is normally docked short.  Medium length shaggy hair covers their body and more hair is around their face.  Coat colors vary coming in wheaten, red, grizzle, tan, or black and tan which makes them look similar to Yorkshire Terriers.

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The Norwich Terrier is a great all around family dog.  Family members and children receive warmth and love from this sweet, affectionate breed.  This breed is wonderful with familiar people, but they also are friendly with strangers and are very rarely aggressive.  Not only do the Norwich Terriers get along with people but they also love other dogs and even small animals.  This is a simple breed to train because of their eager to please nature, however, housebreaking can be difficult.

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10 inches
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10 – 12 pounds
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General Health

Norwich Terriers can suffer from genetic eye diseases or back problems.  However, these disorders do not happen very often.  This is a fairly long living breed with an average life expectancy of 12-15 years.

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The Norwich Terrier was originally not a separate breed.  They were once lumped together with the Norfolk Terrier even though their ears are different.  In 1964, England split the breeds and the AKC followed suit fifteen years later.  Both types of dogs were created for ratting and later became common fox hunters.

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The Norwich Terrier does not need very much grooming at all.  Brushing should be done once a day but no clipping is required and they rarely need baths.  Exercise is essential for all breeds of dog but the Norwich Terrier does not require intense daily exercise.  Walks or short distance jogging a couple times a week will keep this breed fairly content and not bored.  

Daily exercise, discipline and affection will keep the Norwich well balanced, physically and mentally.

Norwich Terriers can be difficult to groom because of their double coat. Hand striping is needed 1-2 times a year

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Ideal Environment

Norwich Terriers can live in almost all environments with very few restrictions.  Wonderful with all people this breed makes a great family companion.  Apartments, houses, or country farms will all be perfect places for them to live.  This is a good breed for older people because of their low energy and easy adjustability to any home.  A few problems are common with this breed, such as barking and digging while outside, but those are rare and should not happen if the dog is kept happy and busy.  Another problem is that many owners have trouble housebreaking the breed but that is common for small dogs.

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Norwich Terrier Q&A

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How much does a Norwich Terrier shed?

Not much, but a bit. If the dog is groomed (hand stripped) often enough, they shed very little. If the grooming is not maintained, they will shed more - especially in Spring.


I'm thinking of getting a norwich or norfolk terrier, though I'm not sure yet which one. Which is more affectionate and which one is also easier to mentain?

Norwich and Norfolk terriers used to be the same breed. Really it only matters of it's personality; every dog is different. But reletively they should be about the same. If i wanted a lap dog, i would suggest the Norwich terrier. But that's my opinion. It's your choice.


how much do they cost?

That just depends on where you get it.


how do you get their coats shiney and how often do they need to be stripped?

their coats stay fairly shiny in general with hardly any maintenance. they do need to be stripped about twice a year but it depends on the weather


Can these dogs swim?

they can swim although at least ours does not care for water at all. (she does like to play in mud though!)

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