Norwich Terrier

Terrier Group

Norwich Terrier standing in front of a white background

Height at Shoulders

~10 in

Weight

~12 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-15 yrs

History

The Norwich Terrier originated in England sometime around or before the late 19th century. Originally, the Norwich Terrier was bred to control vermin and to hunt fox in packs, which is why they tend to be less independent that other terriers. During the late 1800's, the small dogs were popular companion animals and dorm room ratters amongst Cambridge University students. The terriers were originally called "Trumpington Terriers", as the students acquired the dogs from a livery stable on Trumpington Street. Their name comes from the town of Norwich, where a particular Trumpington Terrier named Rags found his way before siring the earliest Norwich Terriers. The Norwich Terrier can be distinguished from its close cousin, the Norfolk Terrier, from their ears; Norwichs' ears are pricked and Norfolks' ears flop over (to remember- witches' hats are pointed, and Norwichs' ears are pointed).

Breed Characteristics

While not all Norwich Terriers will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★★★

★★★☆☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★★★★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆

Common Traits

Happy, energetic, and playful

Affectionate and loving with everyone, even strangers

Eager to please and easy to train if motivated, but difficult to housetrain

Love to dig, bark, chew, and chase small animals

Once they start pursuing prey, it's hard to get them to stop - they've even been known to run straight through underground electric fences