Norfolk Terrier and Norwich Terrier

Norfolk Terrier
Vital Statistics:
Place of Origin: England
Group: Terrier
Height: 9-10 in.
Weight: 11-12 lbs.
Life span: 12-15 yrs.
Trainability: moderate
Good with children: yes
Good with other pets: yes, with cats & dogs, chases small animals

What are the origins of the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers?

Both the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers are short-legged ratters and share the same history. In the 1880s, owning these dogs among Cambridge University students become a fad. In both breeds, erect and drop ears were seen. By 1979, they became two separate breeds, the Norfolk with drop ears and the Norwich with erect ears.

What do the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers look like?

Both Terriers are about 10 inches tall and weigh about 12 lbs. Both have wide, slightly rounded heads. Eyes are small and oval-shaped. The Norfolks ears are v-shaped and dropped with slightly rounded tips. The Norwich’s ears are medium size, erect with pointed tips. The medium length tail is docked and carried erect. Feet are round. The coat is hard, wiry and straight, medium long. Colors are all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. Their wiry coats need combing twice a week and stripping 3-4 times a year.

What are the temperaments of the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers?

Since both Terriers are hunters, they may see smaller animals as prey. Both are bold and curious. They can be stubborn and independent so early positive training is recommended. Housetraining may be difficult and requires patience. They are good with children and love humans. These Terriers need a daily walk and lively playtime.

What are the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers used for?

Originally these Terriers were used to hunt vermin which they can still do. They are mainly affectionate, loving companion dogs.

Possible Health Issues

Norfolk Terrier – hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, allergies
Norwich Terrier – patellar luxation, corneal dystrophy, lens luxation, collapsed trachea causing breathing problems.


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