Norwich Terrier

Description

The Norwich Terrier is a small breed that has a well-built body. Its legs are short and strong. Both front and back legs are straight. The breed has a wiry coat that is very straight. Its fur is most profuse at the chest, collar, underbelly, and hocks. The fur lays close to its body on the other pars of its body. The breed’s body is very small. The tail is docked and usually falls backward. It has a small and boxy head that has small features.

Temperament

The Norwich Terrier is a moderately energetic breed. Despite its size it is very courageous and devoted. The breed loves being in the company of its family. It loves to give and receive affection. It has a playful aspect and is not too delicate, which makes it an excellent playmate for children. It has a tendency to be stubborn, especially while being trained. The younger training starts for this breed the better. While it is generally a happy and friendly breed, it may not coexist peacefully with cats that exist in the same household. It usually gets along with other dogs that live in the same household.

Height and Weight

The Norwich Terrier is an average of 10 inches tall and weighs and average of 11-12 pounds.

Health Problems

The Norwich Terrier is basically a healthy breed. Some types may develop patellar luxation, a condition that is characterized by a dislocation of the patella. This condition can cause the breed a significant amount of pain and may result in arthritis. Surgery is usually the recommended course of action for the condition, but it may or may not help. The Norwich Terrier may also develop cardiomyopathy.

Ideal Living Conditions

The size of the Norwich Terrier makes the breed suitable for small living conditions, such as apartments. The breed is very curious, so if it is kept indoors it may rummage through things in the house. If the breed is left alone in a home, it is a good idea to make sure the residence is safe so that the breed cannot get into something and hurt itself.

Exercise

The Norwich Terrier is naturally an energetic breed and will generally receive the exercise it needs. It is a good idea to provide the breed with regular opportunities for exercise. A daily, long or short walk will suffice for this breed.

Life Expectancy

The Norwich Terrier has an average life expectancy of 12-14 years.

Litter Size

The Norwich Terrier has an average of 3 puppies.

Grooming

The Norwich Terrier has a long coat that should be brushed or combed on a regular basis. The breed’s coat doesn’t require a significant amount of maintenance, but a professional grooming service may be sought to clip the coat and to maintain the breed’s natural look.

Origin

The Norwich Terrier originated in England around the late 1800s.

Group

Terrier

Color

The acceptable colors for the Norwich Terrier include solid shades of brown and light yellow, and a combination of light brown and black.