Norwich Terrier

Norwich Terriers are small but very cute. They are short but sturdy, have a wiry, hard, weatherproof coat (handy!) that requires minimal grooming and upkeep. They have a little fox-like face with the characteristic satellite-like swiveling erect Terrier ears.



Other Names
Country of Origin
Red; wheaten; tan; black and tan, or grizzle, with or without dark points and sometimes even with white markings.
Height / Weight
25-26cms at the withers and should weigh no more than 6.5kgs.
Common concerns are skin related problems, and some known ailments include genetic eye problems, and heart murmurs.
Life Span
13-14 years
The Norwich Terrier will learn quickly what is expected of it, but you will need to be consistent with their training as this little guy has a will of his own and may get into sneaky bad habits quickly if you let him.
Suitability (Children)

The Norwich Terrier is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; and they can generally be relied on to have a hearty appetite.

Feeding Cost
$5-$10 p/w
Other Cost
This little terrier will adapt to life in the city but does prefer the country life. They love the outdoors and like nothing better than to be allowed to dig for hours. If you' particularly want to discourage digging, however, they do need a long walk and will happily trot along beside you - though if you're not consistent with making sure they stay at your side as opposed to ahead of you, they are likely to get it into their head that they are the pack leader, and not you. So you need to be vigilant to discourage that. They are also fairly active indoors, however, so do get some exercise when running from room to room to make sure they don't miss out on any excitement.
Common concerns are skin related problems, and some known ailments include genetic eye problems, and heart murmurs.
Hair Shed

Although the hard adult coat doesn’t appear until the puppy becomes an adolescent (which means terrier puppies are soft and fluffy), you'd better develop some regular grooming habits at an early age, as without starting early, although the smallest terrier around, they can object quite strongly and convincingly to being restrained due to their natural independent streak.

The coat is relatively easy to keep in good condition, but a regular brushing will help, as well as hand plucking twice a year. A professional groomer or the breeder will be able to give you advice on how to best to keep your canine pal's coat in tip top shape.

Grooming Frequency
Once a week
The Norwich Terrier has been around for over 100 years, and his ancestors may have included the Border Terrier, HIS ancestors the Cairn Terrier, and a red terrier from Ireland. During the late 1800s, Norwich Terriers were popular with students at Cambridge University, so much so that they became the University mascot! The Norwich Terrier was first recognised in the UK in 1932. Some of these dogs had erect pointed ears and others had ears that dropped down close to the head. In 1965 the drop-earred terrier was renamed the Norfolk Terrier. Norwich Terriers were originally used as barnyard ratters and to unearth foxes that had gone to ground during a fox hunt. Their small stature made it easy to scurry in and out of fox dens and flush out the foxes, so that hunters on horseback could then resume the chase with their hounds. Tally ho!

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