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Norwich Terrier

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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1032015: #1032014: #97
Name Norwich Terrier
Other names None
Origin United Kingdom
Breed Group Terrier (AKC:1936)Terriers (UKC)
Size Small
Type Purebred
Life span 12-15 years
Temperament AffectionateEnergeticHardyIntelligentSensitive
Height 10 inches (25 cm)
Weight 10-12 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg)
Colors Black & TanGrizzleRedWheaten
Litter Size 1-3 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1400 - $2000 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 5 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsThe Norwich Terrier will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
Barking Tendencies 4 starsFrequent
Cat Friendly 4 stars
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them.
Dog Friendly 5 stars
Exercise Needs 4 starsThese little dogs were bred to work. They are energetic and thrive on an active life and need to be taken on a daily walk. They can jog for short distances.
Grooming 3 starsModerate Maintenance: Grooming should be performed regularly to keep its fur in good shape. Occasional trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 2 starsSome lines are prone to back problems and genetic eye diseases, but are generally healthy.Hypoallergenic: Yes
Intelligence 4 starsRanking: #38. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 4 stars
Shedding Level 1 starsMinimal Shedding: This dog will shed a negligible amount. Recommended for owners who do not want to deal with dog hair in their cars and homes.
Stranger Friendly 3 stars
Trainability 4 starsModerately Easy Training: Training won't require too much attention and effort, though it won't be easier than other breeds. Expect results to come gradually.
Watchdog Ability 3 stars
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Charlie Lucy
02 Milo Lola
03 Jack Coco
04 Cooper Molly
05 Bear Sadie
06 Oliver Luna
07 Toby Stella
08 Winston Roxy
09 Riley Ellie
10 Lucky Zoey
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This spirited dog, one of the smallest of the working terriers, is sturdy and stocky, of square proportion. Its small size is an asset when following vermin or fox down tight passageways. Its teeth are large, to aid in dispatching its quarry. It shows great power in its movement. The tail should be long enough to grasp firmly, so that the dog can be pulled from a hole. The double coat has a hard, wiry and straight outer coat that lies close to the body and is thicker around the mane for protection. The dog bears a slightly foxy expression.

The Norwich terrier, like the Norfolk, is a true terrier at heart, always ready for adventure and excitement. It is a hunter and may chase small animals. It is a pert, independent, amusing — but sometimes challenging — companion, best suited for people with a sense of adventure and humor.

It is speculated that the Norwich Terrier was developed using the small Irish Terriers and crossing them with other Terrier breeds, including the Border Collie and Cairn Terrier. The breed originally had two varieties, one with drop ears and one with prick ears, which were interbred and shown together. The two varieties were eventually designated as separate breeds, the original, prick-eared variety being the Norwich Terrier, and the drop-eared variety being the Norfolk.