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Norwich Terrier


Norwich Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 9" - 10"
  • Weight
  • 11-12 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
    • Red
    • Tan
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Norfolk terrier.


This breed originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1800's.


This was considered to be the same breed as the Norfolk terrier until 1964, with the main difference between the two being the Norwich terriers prick ears. From East Anglia, England, it was developed in the 1800's as a small ratting terrier.


This is a small do with substance and bone. Its head is wide and slightly rounded, with a strong wedge shaped muzzle. This dog is said to have a foxy expression. The small, dark, oval eyes are placed well apart. It has prick ears that are V-shaped and slightly rounded at the tips.The chest is moderately wide and deep ant the legs are short and strong. The tail is docked and held erect. The double coat has a soft under coat and a hard, wiry outer coat that is 1.5 - 2 inches long. There is a ruff at the neck, slight eyebrows and whiskers. The coat comes in red, wheaten, black and tan, and grizzle with dark points.


The Norfolk terrier is a good natured, friendly, and affectionate dog. It is fearless and game in the field but loyal and trainable with its owner. It is fine with children and cats as long as it is well socialized, but not trustworthy with small prey animals.


Originally a hunter of prey in its lair, the Norwich has joined the ranks of the companion dog. It has adapted to living with young, sporty people and is the mascot of the students at Cambridge university.

Health Concerns

Eye conditions, heart disease, hip dysplasia.

Additional Information

This breed adapts well to most living situations.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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