The Norwich Terrier dog is one of the smallest terriers around. They have a wiry, hard, weatherproof coat that comes in red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle, and a fox-like face with their characteristic erect ears. Ideally these terriers should measure 25cm at the withers and they weigh about 4-5kg.
- Category size: Small
- Grooming requirements: Once a week
- Shedding: Little
- Allergies: No
- Noise: Not too noisy
- Dog Group Kennel Club: Terrier
- Alone: 1 to 3 hours
- Other pets: Medium
- Stability as a guard: Low
The Norwich Terrier dog breed has been around for over 100 years. The ancestors of this little dog may have included the Border Terrier and is ancestors, the Cairn Terrier and a red terrier from Ireland. During the late 1800s they were popular with the students in Cambridge University, so much so that they became their mascot. Some of these dogs had erect pointed ears and others had ears that dropped down close to the head. In 1965 the drop-earred terrier was renamed the Norfolk Terrier.
Norwich Terriers are lively, friendly little dogs that can be a bit wilful at times. They can get on well with older children and many active elderly people seem to favour this breed. They should be socialised from an early age, particularly with cats, as they will chase them given half a chance.
The Norwich Terrier is generally a healthy, hardy dog with few health problems.
About an hour's exercise is needed daily for an adult Norwich Terrier, who loves the outdoors. He likes nothing better than to be allowed to dig for hours, so a dog digging pit would be much appreciated and would save your garden from being excavated!
Small dogs have a fast metabolism, meaning they burn energy at a high rate, although their small stomachs mean that they must eat little and often. Small-breed foods are specifically designed with appropriate levels of key nutrients and smaller kibble sizes to suit smaller mouths. This also encourages chewing and improves digestion.
The hard, wire coat is relatively easy to keep in good condition with a good brush through once or twice a week. The coat will also need to be hand plucked twice a year. A professional groomer or the breeder will be able to give advice on this.
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