The Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest of the hunting breeds, and is known for its courage and tenacity. The breed has the typical wiry outer hair of the terrier and the softer undercoat for warmth. They have short, sturdy legs and a strong and sturdy body. The breed usually has a docked tail but the ears are left natural and are very upright. The coat may come in a variety of colors including grizzle, tan, black and tan, wheaten and red. It is permissible for some white markings to be seen. The face has a distinctive fox-like appearance and the breed is often mistaken for the Norfolk Terrier as there are some general similarities. Norwich Terriers tend to be rounder in shape, less prone to aggression and has the distinctive erect ears that the Norfolk Terriers do not.
Temperament of a Norwich Terrier
An excellent dog with children the Norwich Terrier loves to run and play. They are very intelligent dogs and crave human companionship. If left alone for long periods of time they will dig, often become problem barkers, and are known to chew. While easy to train the breed needs consistent expectations and firm discipline. They tend to try to train the family, rather than the other way around. The breed can be difficult to housetrain because of their small size. Overall the Norwich Terrier will get along with most pets, canine and non-canine, provided they are properly socialized from an early age. As natural chasers they need to be on a leash when not in an enclosed yard.
Grooming & Shedding of a Norwich Terrier
The wiry coat should not be bathed except when necessary to prevent drying out of the coat and skin. The dogs can be clipped to remove mats in the soft undercoat, but will not require regular clipping. Overall the Norwich Terrier is considered a light shedder but they will shed a bit heavier in the spring and fall.
History of the Norwich Terrier
Bred as hunting terriers to startle foxes and other small game from their dens the Norwich Terrier gradually evolved into the companion dog that it is known for today. Originally considered the same as the Norfolk terrier, the Norwich was recognized as a separate breed in 1964 by the Kennel Club of the United Kingdom and in 1797 by the American Kennel Club. The breed is still used for ratting as well as obedience trials.