The Norwich Terrier has a life expectancy of 12 to 15 years.
During the 1880s, small ratting terriers were quite popular with students at Cambridge University. One strain in particular was very sought after and was believed to have been developed using Yorkshire and Irish Terrier stock. From this strain, a dog named “Rags” was produced.
Rags was eventually moved to a stable near the town of Norwich where he became known as a skilled ratter. Rags was also a popular sire. Over the course of two decades, he and his offspring were bred with other game terriers with the ultimate goal of creating a small but bold terrier breed. Rags is considered to be the foundation sire of what would eventually become known as the Norwich Terrier.
The Norwich Terrier weighs around 12 pounds and measures 10 inches.
The Norwich Terrier has a wiry double coat that sheds lightly. The Norwich Terrier should be brushed and combed once a week and bathed only when necessary. The Norwich Terrier should also be hand stripped twice a year. Like all dogs, the Norwich Terrier also needs basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Norwich Terrier is friendly and sensitive.
The Norwich Terrier is one of the more laidback and easygoing terrier breeds. However, they are still terriers and therefore spirited and curious. The Norwich Terrier thrives on lots of attention and interaction. If left alone or ignored, they are prone to develop separation anxiety.
The Norwich Terrier is highly people-oriented and happy to meet just about anyone. They adore children, but do best with older kids and also get along well with other dogs and cats.
Like most terriers, the Norwich Terrier makes an effective watch dog. Although they like people, they are nonetheless alert and protective. Norwich Terriers are quick to bark at anything or anyone suspicious. They are small, but assertive and bold.
The Norwich Terrier is smart and eager to please but has the typical terrier stubbornness. The Norwich Terrier does best with a patient handler and lots of consistency. Positive reinforcement is especially important when training the Norwich Terrier. This breed may be brave, but they are also sensitive. Norwich Terriers should always be treated with kindness and respond well to praise and treats.
The Norwich Terrier was bred to hunt and remains an athletic and agile breed. The Norwich Terrier has lots of energetic and relishes their play time. They should have a long daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area to run and romp.