Norwich Terrier Overview
Early in the breed’s ancestry, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers were one in the same. Both were farm and hunting terriers that were used along England. However, in the 1900s a Cairn-type female terrier from Norwich was bred to the ancestors of the Norfolk to create the breed. The breed was then further separated into Norwich (up ears) and Norfolk (folded ears).
Norwich Terrier Characteristics
The Norfolk Terrier is identical in personality and looks to the Norwich Terrier except for one key trait. Norwich terriers sport the upright pricked ears. However, the breed retains the same spunky attitude, scruffy fur, and bravery of many other terrier breeds.
Norwich Terrier Temperament
The Norwich was bred to hunt in packs and gets along well with other Terrier breeds. However, like most terriers, they can be feisty and stubborn. These dogs may also experience separation anxiety and become deeply attached to their owners, which may lead to issues such as jealousy and aggression.
Norwich Terrier Care
Norwich Terriers live on average 12 to 15 years, typical for a small breed dog. They have few breed health concerns, however, may have collapsing tracheas, elongated pallets, and epilepsy. Careful breeding and good veterinary care can help the Norwich to live a long and happy life.
Norwich Terrier Coat
The thick, scruffy coat of the Norwich is weather-resistant but does require daily brushing or combing to keep it looking its best. The coat may also need to be professionally groomed, though frequency varies from dog to dog.
Norwich Terrier Training
Like all Terriers, the Norwich can be stubborn. However, his attachment to his owners makes him eager to please which may lead to an easier training session. Norwiches can sometimes be hard to house train, so careful and patient training from puppyhood is needed.
Norwich Terrier Activity
Even though the Norfolk is small in size, he does best with lots of exercise. Daily walks, outings where he can “hunt” and socialization activities are great ways to keep the Norwich happy in both mind and body. He is happy as long as he is beside his owner.