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Norwich Terrier

Life Span:~12 to 14 years
Litter Size: 3
Country of Origin: England

Size: Mature Norwich Terriers should not stand more than 10 inches at the shoulder and they typically weigh between 10 and 12 pounds.

Coat: The Norwich Terrier's coat is as a rule kept short all across its body. The fur is straight, fairly thick, and wiry, with slightly smoother and longer regions around the eyes and mouth. The neck and shoulder regions are longer still in order to protect the Norwich Terrier from the weather or from other problems. The Norwich Terrier also has a softer, downier undercoat, meant to insulate it against the cold.

Character: The Norwich Terrier is loyal, active, curious, and bold. They are a rugged breed full of spirit with a loving heart. They are fearless and assertive, but are never aggressive or irritable. The Norwich thrives on companionship.

Appearance: The Norwich Terrier is a small but sturdy built dog, and another of the smallest of Terriers. The body is short but powerful with dense bones, a deep chest, short back and level top line, short and straight front legs, and a high-set tail that can be cropped. The round head has a fox-like muzzle, distinctive prick ears, dark eyes and distinctive eyebrows and whiskers. The coat is wiry and straight with a thick undercoat, and the coloring varies but includes black and tan, grizzle, red and wheaten.

History: Breeders in turn-of-the-century England developed a small rat-catching, fox-chasing terrier called the Norwich Terrier. For several decades, this diverse breed had both hanging ears and pricked ears, not to mention a variety of colors and coats. In 1964, the English Kennel Club categorized the hanging-ear variety as the Norfolk Terrier and the prick-ear variety as the Norwich Terrier.

Health Issues: Norwich Terriers are relatively healthy. Among the problems seen in the breed are luxating patellas, eye problems like corneal dystrophy and lens luxation, and breathing problems caused by collapsing trachea.

Temperament: As the Norwich is a good hunter, it may chase small animals. This amusing, lively, and independent dog is also a good companion, though challenging at times. It is perfect for those who have a great sense of humor and adventure.

Care: Daily combing and brushing of the shaggy coat of Norwich Terriers is suggested. Take extra care when they are shedding. You may want to have the Norwich Terrier professionally stripped a couple of times a year. Minimal clipping is needed but the hair between the pads of their feet should be trimmed. Bathe or dry shampoo only when necessary. They need a good amount of exercise.

Training: They can be stubborn and distracted, but the Norwich does aim to please. Encouraging them with motivational training and working in short sessions so that they don’t get bored are the best ways to achieve results. Smart and athletic, once the Norwich determines that complying with your requests is fun and rewarding, they’ll be happy to show off for you. Housetraining can be difficult, so don't take successes for granted. 1

Activity: The Norwich Terrier needs quite a bit of exercise, preferably varied activities to keep it from getting bored. Failure to adequately meet the exercise needs of this breed may result in destructive or neurotic behavior. The Norwich Terrier can thrive in an apartment, but only with regular activity.
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