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Breed:

Norfolk and Norwich Terrier

Group (AKC):

Terrier

Country of Origin19th CenturyEngland
Type of coatshort, wiry, weatherresistant
Groomingperiodic brushing and trimming, regular bathing, nail trimming,and ear cleaning
Average height9-10 inches
Average weight10-12 pounds
Activity levelvery high, exercise severaltimes daily
Watchdogvery high ability, great barker
Protectionno
Intelligencehigh
Trainabilitylow, can be stubborn, may resist
Compatibility with childrenolder children, no roughhousing or chase games, does not like too much physical attention;cuddling, etc.
Characterloyal, bold, active, busy, and curious
Ideal home environmentapartmentis OK
Ideal owneractive competent leader with time to train andexercise
Suggestions:early socialization and obedience training
Links and resources
  • To dig for further information clickhere (Norfolk) or here (Norwich)
  • Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club
    Correspondence Secretary, Jody Cunningham, 8000 FM 150 West, Kyle, TX 78640
  • Norwich and Norfolk Terrier Club
    Correspondence Secretary,Jody Cunningham, 8000 FM 150 West, Kyle, TX 78640

Short History:

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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