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Norwich Terrier

Group: Terriers (Group 2)
Club: Sporting Terrier Club of Victoria Inc (Group 2)
Contact: Kerry Hellsten
Phone: 0432 764 470

About the Norwich Terrier


Background This adorable little dog was first registered by the British Kennel Club in the 1930s. The Norwich Terrier is a native breed to Norfolk, England although they are called Norwich. There are two similar breeds, one with drop ears, and one with pricked ears. In 1964 the British Kennel Club divided the two breeds and we know them today as Norwich Terriers (pricked ears) and Norfolk Terriers (drop ears).

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. The life span of the Norwich is well over 10 years, and some have been known to live up to 15 years.

Colours The colours vary from Red, Black and Tan, Wheaten and Grizzle, although there are no Wheaten here in Australia.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament The Norwich Terrier is a very powerful, strong and self-willed little dog with plenty of energy, so if you are thinking of buying a Norwich make sure you will have time to spend walking and exercising them. To the new owner your Norwich will be friendly and loyal and they are very easy to train. Being from the Terrier group people expect them to be a typical Terrier with the Terrier temperament; Norwich are not like this, they are playful, tireless and never quarrelsome.

Compatibility with Other Pets Norwich Terriers are very adaptable little dogs and will get on well with other family pets.

Care Requirements The coat is coarse, straight, lying close to the body, generally short and smooth on top of the head and ears, longer and rougher around the neck forming a ruff. A daily grooming with a solid comb is best for your Norwich’s coat to keep it free from knots and to help pull the dead hair out. The Norwich’s coat will need to be stripped out at least twice a year to keep the coat looking good. Try not to use a stripping comb because this softens the coat. To strip the coat by hand use thumb and finger and pull the hair in the direction of growth, the hair will normally come out very easily when done correctly. Many Norwich breeders will do this for you if you ask. So again when buying a Norwich also find out who is the closest breeder to you.

Ideal Owner/s If you are not the boss then your Norwich will be, so beware........ Your Norwich loves tearing around the garden with the children or they will just simply relax on your chair with you. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Norwich Terrier and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.

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