Norwich Terrier


Easy to train, Courageous, Self confident
Size: Small
Height: 25-30 cm
Weight: 5 kg
Lifespan: 10-12 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Red, Wheat Colors, Black Tungsten, Grizzle (Gray)
FCI Group: Terriers

Originally, the Norwich Terrier is a hunting dog. In the past he was used for fox and badger hunting, especially in England. He is closely related to the Norfolk Terrier. The small dog is agile, very playful and agile. You will have your joy with him. This dog has very tiny standing ears. He is considered to be the mascot of the elite English university Cambridge. This terrier breed quickly builds an intimate bond with its master or mistress. Long walks are no problem for him.

Norwich Terrier
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The Norwich Terrier is prone to birth difficulties. Best suited for beginners. The Norwich Terrier belongs to the FCI group 3 / No. 72. A puppy costs 850 €. Originally it comes from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The dog has a life expectancy of over ten years.

In order to successfully train a dog, you must first understand how his learning processes work. Then all practical exercises will be easier for you as an owner and for your dog. With rewards and treats you can achieve a lot with dogs. You can easily teach the Norwich Terrier, he learns quickly, for example retrieving. If you choose a Norwich Terrier as your best friend, you will definitely have a loyal companion who will love you more than himself.

This short-legged, compact terrier was focused on people from the very beginning. He therefore makes an excellent family dog. He seems to be getting more and more popular recently. He is a bright, lively, happy, playful and child-friendly sprite. He is of stable disposition and has a robust constitution, is not very susceptible to disease. The Norwich Terrier is by far not a barker.

Attitude: The adaptable terrier is comfortable even in a small city apartment and does not need too much exercise. The hard, coarse hair should be lightly trimmed regularly. He is somewhat prone to dental problems.

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Children suitable:

With supervision

The right food

The diet can have a positive effect on the health and immune system of the Norwich Terrier. Also his well-being depends on it.

Like humans, the Norwich Terrier needs energy and nutrients from its diet. A balanced diet contains: Fats, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, vitamins and water.

The Norwich Terrier requires a balanced ratio of fats to proteins. Also ten essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, minerals and vitamins. Most owners use special ready-made dog foods. These are designed to meet the needs of the dog. But homemade dog foodcan also be balanced.

Ready-made food partly contains artificial preservatives as well as artificial flavors and colors. In addition, all this food is packed pre-cooked, which means that important nutrients can be lost. The advantage, of course, is that packaged food means little effort. It should come from a reputable manufacturer and consist of high-quality ingredients. Thus, it contains everything a dog needs for a balanced diet.

Some owners prefer "natural" food from raw meat and bones. Mixed with pureed vegetables and other additives, it is particularly tasty. Here, of course, you do not need artificial preservatives. The disadvantage is the high expenditure of time and that it is difficult to control whether the diet is really balanced.

Little research has been done on how diet affects behavior. Food that is good for one dog may make another dog irritable. Nevertheless, it can be useful to change the diet as part of behavior therapy.

If the Norwich Terrier acts strangely every half hour after eating, he may have a food allergy. In this case, seek the advice of your veterinarian. To avoid digestive problems, the dog's diet should be changed slowly.

The Norwich Terrier has a relatively high energy requirement. At low temperatures he needs more energy so that he does not freeze. A neutered Norwich Terrier usually needs less energy than a non-neutered dog. Therefore, you often need to vary the amount of food. Too much food can make the terrier reluctant to move. Adjust the amount accordingly.

Health & Care

Grooming is important for the dog's hygiene, health and well-being. In addition, it is also a social act with which you can consolidate your relationship and give him tenderness.

Touch is important Dogs touch each other mainly in play and in fighting or for mating. However, humans touch dogs not only to guide and groom them, but to give them affection. The dog must learn that he can trust you to do this.

You should start with touch and care already with the puppy. But even older Norwich Terriers will get used to it if you give them enough time to develop trust. Keep the familiarization period short and be happy, calm and gentle. Move slowly and gradually build up the interaction with the dog until he gets used to it.

You should pat down and look closely at the Norwich Terrier once a day. Dog's coat usually consists of insulating, soft undercoat. The top coat protecting against wind and rain is important. Selective breeding has resulted in different types of hair. Some old hair falls out on its own, while other hair needs to be trimmed regularly or plucked out by hand. Accustom the Norwich Terrier to grooming and be careful with comb and brush.

Cut claws In the claws of dogs run nerves and blood vessels. In order not to hurt the dog, you should have the claws trimmed in the dog salon or by the veterinarian. Get your dog used to the claw nippers early on and to the fact that you hold his paws.

Bathing The Norwich Terrier's coat, which is oily for protection against wind and weather, often gets dirty or smelly. If the dog lives well protected in the house, there is no reason why you should not bathe him regularly. However, you must make sure he likes it and dry him thoroughly afterwards.

Gentle Care Once the Norwich Terrier has become accustomed to daily grooming, he will enjoy it like a massage. Use this to palpate the dog and look for parasites, lumps, cracks and anything else the vet should see.

Suitable accessories

To be a good dog owner, you need to learn what a Norwich Terrier needs for a happy life. Meeting these needs will give you a happy and sociable dog. If you make the terrier feel safe, he can relax and won't become aggressive. Sufficient exercise, a little coat in winter, a treat and your dog will practically eat those out of your hand. Play and training, by the way, make him a balanced companion.

There are countless brushes, combs and other grooming tools for every type of coat. If necessary, consult a dog groomer so that you know what you need. To keep your dog's coat from matting, there are a few things to keep in mind. Consider how often it needs to be trimmed. Brushes and combs have a different task depending on their shape and are designed for different hair types. The type of hair varies depending on the breed. It requires individual care to keep the coat healthy and beautiful.

Dogs must learn not only that we mean them no harm, but also that they cannot leave until we let them go. This is especially important to be able to treat the dog if it is sick or injured. Gently get the Norwich Terrier used to you holding him. Don't dig your fingers into him, but hold him gently but firmly. Release him as soon as he is calm and relaxed.

Norwich terrier origin

Origin & History

Norwich and Norfolk Terriers look almost identical. Norfolk, by the way, is an eastern English county; Norwich is the capital of Norfolk. They have similar ancestry. The first dogs of this breed were bred in the 19th century in this county. They could be used well against vermin like pesky rats.

Both the farmers of the area and the Cambridge students appreciated this. For a long time the two terrier forms were not distinguished. But in 1965 the Norfolk Terrier was separated from the Norwich Terrier as a separate breed. The biggest difference: the Norwich Terrier has prick ears, while the Norfolk has lop ears.