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|Country of Origin||19th CenturyEngland|
|Type of coat||short, wiry, weatherresistant|
|Grooming||periodic brushing and trimming, regular bathing, nail trimming,and ear cleaning|
|Average height||9-10 inches|
|Average weight||10-12 pounds|
|Activity level||very high, exercise severaltimes daily|
|Watchdog||very high ability, great barker|
|Trainability||low, can be stubborn, may resist|
|Compatibility with children||older children, no roughhousing or chase games, does not like too much physical attention;cuddling, etc.|
|Character||loyal, bold, active, busy, and curious|
|Ideal home environment||apartmentis OK|
|Ideal owner||active competent leader with time to train andexercise|
|Suggestions:||early socialization and obedience training|
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The roots of the Norwich Terrier are firmly planted in East Anglia, England. With consistent watering and a reasonable amount of shade & fertilizer, this dog is able to grow comfortably. Owning a small ratting terrier was a fad in the 1880's (before owning Wildebeests became even more the rage). This popular strain was developed by combining a very small red and black and tan crossbreed with a working Yorkshire and Irish den stock. This smooth coated, charming, muscular dog is recognized separately from the similar but drop-eared Norfolk Terrier.
It is a hardy, happy-go-lucky companion that is playful with children, adults, and other pets. It still likes to hunt, however, so keep an eye on any pet gerbils or mice. The Norwich is loyal, alert, and intelligent. It has an impish look and a shrewd character. It is a tremendously active little dog with a lovable disposition and a hardy constitution.
The dog weighs about ten to twelve pounds and is about ten inches in height. Its tail is docked and should be about four inches in length. Colors can range from wheaten to dark red to black and tan or grizzled. Working abilities, obedience, and racing competitions are admired in the breed along with standard show ring events.
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