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Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier, one of the smallest of the terriers, is bright, alert and cheerful with sharply pricked ears and a hard, wiry, weather proof coat. Their faces are described as fox-like, and despite their small size they are a compact and tenacious little dog.

12 – 14 years
4 – 5kg
24 – 25.5cm
Red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for non-experienced owners
  • Basic training required
  • Need to be aware of potential health issues
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Small dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a small garden
  • Can happily live in the city
  • Can be left occasionally with training
This breed may encounter health problems

The Norwich Terrier breed can be prone to:
- Patellar luxation 
- Upper airway syndrome¹ which is a problem caused by poor conformation that affects breathing.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

P. Schawalder¹, 'An ADAMTS3 missense variant is associated with Norwich Terrier upper airway syndrome', 2019, PLOS Genetics 


Lively, friendly, active, intelligent, tenacious… despite their small size, the Norwich Terrier is all terrier, and requires plenty of entertainment and activity. In common with other terriers, the Norwich is often thought of as wilful and stubborn, but this is due to their independent nature and quick mind. You have to work hard to get a terrier on-side and working with you, but when you do it is worth the effort.

Early socialisation and training is necessary with cats, small furry pets and livestock, as their original working instinct is a part of the Norwich’s terrier nature.

Did You Know?


  • People get confused which is the Norwich and which is the Norfolk. Just remember that there is an ‘f’ in Norfolk and they have the ‘folded’ ears whilst the Norwich has pointed ears like a ‘witch’s hat’.
  • Because they’re short and stocky, they’ll usually sit with their feet straight out and when they lie down, their feet will either stick straight out to the side or behind them.
  • Norwich Terriers are one of the smallest of the terrier types.
  • They’re often referred to as a “big dog in a small package”.
  • Norwich Terriers typically only have small litter sizes.
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