Norwich Terrier

Breed History

Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest Terriers in the Terrier family. Sitting on short legs and a stocky frame they are one of best ratters on any farmland due to their incredible speed and agility.

Endless energy and a bundle of joy you will always see the Norwich Terrier with their ears sticking straight up and their tail showing how alert and curious they’re.

Coming from the England in the state of Norway where the city is called Norwich. Some dogs get the beginning of their name from their location and this dog is in that club.

Their job was to help England with their terrible rat problems. That’s why Terriers are known as ratters or dogs who hunt vermin due to the nature of the extreme issues on the farmland.

At the beginning of their history it was in the 19th century. Breeders of this dog wanted to produce a small Terrier that didn’t get too big. They had no breed standard and would breed with multiple Terriers that were in the Norway region.

United Kingdom Kennel Club shows them recognition in the 1930’s. Decades would pass before they would show separation from the Norfolk Terrier and the main difference is the ear position.

The Norwich has ears that stick straight into the ear like most Terriers. Norfolk Terriers have ears that are not sticking all the way in the air.  Crossbreeding for many decades they would finally separate.

Winning shows since the 1940’s they have shown the ability to stand out from the crowd on the biggest stages.


In 1936, they would receive recognition in the American Kennel club three years after receiving registration from the United Kingdom Kennel Club.

Top 100 in popularity they have held a strong stance in America for many decades. Almost every major kennel club would put them in the Terrier Group with no exceptions.

Here are the major kennel clubs and their breed standards for the Norwich Terrier.


Male Height: 10 inches

Female Height: 9 inches

Male Weight: 12 pounds

Female Weight: 10 pounds

Litter Size

3 puppies are the average litter size for a Norwich Terrier. Breeders should be aware of the small number of puppies their dog is likely to breed. After the birth of the puppies a responsible owner would let the puppies stay with the mother for eight weeks before selling them to a great home. Mothers have no issues delivering the puppies naturally.


Black and Tan




White marks are unacceptable for the Norwich Terrier.


$1,000-$2,000 is the average price of a Norwich Terrier. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand and other factors that affect the price.

Registration will cost more than if you purchase a dog without papers. Tracing the bloodline from their kennel club in England until they came to the U.S until the day you get your puppy.

Dogs without papers don’t have the same standard. The reason they can’t receive papers is because one or both parents aren’t able to receive papers. Most likely due to cross breeding.


Taking your dog on a long walk or run will help to set the tone for the exercise session. Calming the dog down and getting them in the mental state to relax during the session. Also, make sure you use a leash to keep the dog in one place and teach the dog it is time to stay in one place once you start.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the coat weekly to keep it in great condition. No need to over brush the coat because it is a simple one to maintain.

Combing the coat should happen once a week. Again, there is no consequences to not combing like tangles or matting.

Bathe the dog after a long exercise session and put them on a leash until their behavior is calm and listening to you.

Ears should be clean at least once a month to prevent the dog from developing an ear infection.

Trimming the nails will happen when the dog is exercising daily, which we recommend. If you don’t exercise daily, which we don’t recommend, take the time to cut them with clippers.

Professional help is not a recommendation.

Life Span

13-15 years is the average lifespan for a Norwich Terrier. That’s a long time for a dog to live and owners should be aware of the time commitment. Great dog you should consider adopting because of how long they end up living.  

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – when a dog’s leg doesn’t fit into the hip socket or there is damage to the hip socket your dog will suffer from hip dysplasia. Rubbing from the hip bones and leg bones will make the dog limp or favor the leg. Getting an x-ray when the dog is showing discomfort is the best decision to make.

Epilepsy – seizures are some of the health issues that the Norwich Terrier can develop over the years. Knowing the symptoms and signs will increase your awareness and keep you in a position to help the dog when they are suffering.

Upper Airway Syndrome – obstruction or lack of air in the airway will cause your dog a lot of health issues. More will develop over time due to the problems in one area.

Breed Group

Norwich Terrier is a proud member of the Terrier Group. These dog are known as hunters and they are small. Larger animals have a tougher time hunting smaller animals due to speed and agility issues.

So, we found a dog that has the same prey drive but able to catch rodents or small rabbits without problems.

Here are some of the dogs that are in the Terrier Group.

Exercise Needs

Norwich Terrier needs a lot of exercise. Smaller dogs have a stereotype that they don’t need any exercise and I can tell you first-hand there is nothing to support this theory.

Common sense approach is not going to work here. If we took this Terrier out of the house would he sit down because he doesn’t want too much exercise or roam the earth? Almost all the time it is the latter.

Bad behavior arises when owners take 365 days off in one year and choose not to exercise their dog. When this happens, the dog will start to develop bad behavior and there is a direct connection.

Not exercising the dog will ensure that they start barking excessively, running around the house in circles, eating their tail, whining and showing signs of anxiety.

I left out the part about over excitement, digging, nipping and at some point, biting the owners can be a reality. The best way to set yourself and your dog up for success is to use this simple, but not easy, exercise schedule every day.

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Younger dogs are more energetic and need the most exercise when they are young. Two sessions per day is a good method when exercising once a day isn’t getting the energy levels down.

Adult dogs start to see a decline in exercise needs and the energy levels are declining. Needing a balance of running and walking will happen at this stage and they will start to only need one session after a while.

Senior dogs will need only one walk and almost no runs. Steep decline in energy levels will happen at this age and going out every day may not be necessary.


  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a daily exercise program. It is a lot of work, but the benefits are so great nobody regrets it in the end. Let’s look at what we are asking you to do. A dog with bad behavior problems will get two hours of exercise a day until they start acting much better. That’s 720 hours of possible exercise every day. Do you think your dog will act different? Once they start to show good behavior start exercising once a day for an hour, 365 hours a year, and see if it sustains.

Commands are a smaller part of the training but important to have control over the dog. Repetition will teach the dog most basic commands and it can happen in as little as a few days. Different commands will need different treatment. You may use treats, toy or life rewards for different commands.

Socialize the dog after exercise and keep using this method. Before vet visits, parks, dog parks, car rides, grooming and any other thing you can think of exercise them at least one hour before. Use this method and thank me later.

Correct the dog using verbal, on or off leash methods. Timing should be in line with preventing a dog from doing the bad behavior altogether. Perfect timing is before, not during, and not after. Next, make them sit or lay after. It is the best way to take the dog from 100 to 0 and reset.

Do Norwich Terriers Bark A lot?

No, dogs do not bark a lot they don’t get enough exercise and bark a lot to compensate. In other words, exercise which is a basic instinctual need will reduce barking by 90 percent. Don’t miss the opportunity to give them an outlet every day while correcting the excessive barking. You will have more control over them than you do without the exercise.

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