Norwich Terrier

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Life span

16 Years


5.5 Kg


Terrier Dogs

Norwich Terrier Overview

This dog breed belongs to the smallest of terrier dog breeds. What they lack in size they most definitely make up for in personality. They make wonderful companions as they have a calm demure and loving nature.

They’re demanding for your attention but willing to give back as much as they receive. They’re dedicated to their owners and easy to train as they’re always willing to learn more tricks.

They stand around 10 inches tall and weigh roughly 12 pounds. This applies to both male and female.

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Norwich Terrier Characteristics

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History & Origin

The Norwich Terrier has existed since the late 19 century and originated from East Anglia, England as a working terrier. The Norwich Terrier was first recognised by the Kennel Club, England i 1932. 

Norwich Terrier Temperament

The Norwich Terrier is a small but courageous dog, intelligent and affectionate. They're assertive, energetic and sensitive. The Norwich Terrier is known to always be hungry and will eat anything edible and all owners should be aware. They're always eager to please and have minds of their own. 

Norwich Terrier Training

Norwich Terriers are relatively easy to train because they're highly intelligent and willing to learn. Training should be consistent and start from a young age. As they're a sensitive dog breed, they don't respond well to scolding and therefore telling them off should be avoided, instead, positive reinforcement training should be applied to get the very best out of your Norwich Terrier. 


The Norwich Terrier has two coats, a wiry harsh topcoat and a soft warm undercoat. they require regular grooming with a steel-like type comb to remove the dead hairs and prevent the coat from becoming matted. As with majority of dog breeds, they also require regular teeth brushing and ear cleaning.


The Norwich Terrier is predisposed to a few hereditary health conditions such as:

  • Luxating patella
  • Hip dysplasia 
  • Cataracts
  • Epilepsy 
  • Mitral valve disease

Norwich Terrier Exercise Needs

The Norwich Terrier is active, hardy and requires plenty of exercises to stay healthy. They require daily exercise for at least 60 minutes a day with plenty of time off the lead. They love playing games such as fetch and agility sports. 

The Norwich Terrier would make an ideal companion for a family that loves the great outdoors and exercise. 

Children and other pets

The Norwich Terrier makes a wonderful addition to a family. They generally get on very well with children of all ages. Please note that playtime must always be supervised to prevent accidents and rough play. 

The Norwich Terrier tends to get on with other household pets as long as they're socialised correctly from a young age.