Norwich Terrier
Breed Information




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More Facts and Fun Stuff About Norwich Terriers!


Watch Dogs Norwich Terriers make good watch dogs! Like most small dogs, in fact, this little guy will think he's your own personal guardian against the mail man, ups, the neighbor's cat, etc.!.
Size- A Norwich Terrier stands about 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh about 12 pounds, give or take. But never let size matter when it comes to any small breed dog. Just like humans, not every dog will fit a cookie-cutter standard for the breed.
People Friendly- Nowiches love, love, love 'their' people and are generally friendly with most people. This breed isn't known to be shy and even enjoys the company of children, but watch them closely around any small child to ensure that the dog is being held properly and isn't showing any signs of fear or aggression.
Trainability- This breed loves to please it's owner and has an attention span large enough to make him extremely trainable, but only the most positive training methods should be practiced with this breed. And check out this free tutorial for some great housetraining techniques.
Shedding-A Norwich Terrier would make a great dog for any lady (or man) who doesn't fancy vacuuming! In fact, this breed sheds as minimally as most of the so-called "non-shedding" breeds. But be careful, Non shedding doesn't necessarily mean hypoallergenic.



Norwich Terrier walking on leash holding up one paw

Side Note: Why not consider Adopting a Norwich Terrier?

This breed is not common in shelters, but there are rescue groups dedicated to serving the very best interest of this breed.

If you plan to purchase a norwich terrier puppy, please learn everything there is to know about how to avoid puppy mill dogs by reading our FAQ page... Then please spread the word to help put an end to them.


There could very well be Norwich Terrier rescue group near you. Your dog could be waiting.


Now...for the Not-So-Fun Stuff! Sorry!

Separation anxiety is common- Separation anxiety, to some degree, is a common trait with this breed. Destructive chewing, loud continuous barking or "accidents" on your carpet or furniture are a few of the possible symptoms. Crating a dog for long hours every day is not a solution. Check out our page on separation anxiety to learn what you can do to end these destructive behaviors.

housebreaking Difficulties Consistency in training is a must and the earlier you start, the better. Smaller dogs come with smaller bladders and it may take a while before this breed is able to hold his bladder for very long. We highly recommend the positive and proven training techniques outlined on our dog training page.

Not a recommended in homes with smaller animals This is not going to be 100% true with every dog in every case, but Norwich Terriers were bred to hunt and inherent instincts are not easily unlearned. Be careful bringing this dog into a house with rabbits, kittens, ferrets or any other animals that could be considered prey to these little hunters.

Adopting an adult dog is GREAT way to ensure that you get all the breed characteristics you desire.

Adult dogs come with several bonuses! Such bonuses Include: Already out of chewing phase, More likely to be housebroken and his temperament will already be established. Best of all, you will forever be his hero! Click here to learn even more reasons why adopting an adult dog is the smartest choice.


-Health Issues Related to Norwich Terriers-

Upper Airway Syndrome- Stenoic nares, soft palate and collapsing tracheas are just a few of the problems that could affect the upper airway of this breed.

Hip Dysplasia is a developmental subluxation of the hip joints which can eventually lead to arthritis and/or lameness. It's causes are genetic as well as environmental. A secondary concern of this affliction is osteoarthritis.

Patellar Luxation-A joint condition in which kneecaps dislocate. This is very painful for your dog and expensive to correct. This is a common complication among many small breed dogs.

The use of pet steps has been shown to significantly reduce the wear and tear on joints.



Norwich Terrier dog standing in grass  and looking down. Photo by: JustChaos Aka Jean

Still unsure which breed is the right dog for you?

If you're looking to share your home with a dog and you've got a soft spot for an animal in need, check into volunteering at a rescue... or better yet, become a foster parent for a dog in need of a temporary home. There are countless dogs in immediate need of someone like you who cares.

We hope you've found this page helpful in your search for your next best friend.

If you haven't done so yet, please read our FAQ page to learn how to find a reputable breeder... and why should NEVER buy a puppy from a pet store.