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Norwich Terrier

Personality:plucky, loyal, and affectionate

Coat & Grooming:The thick, weatherproof coat requires lots of brushing and occasional trips to the groomer

Energy Level:Very Active; A tireless, alert companion, a Norwich enjoys exploring the world around him

Originally: England

Nicknames: Norwich

Size: Small

Meet the Norwich Terrier

​Norwiches are small terriers, standing no more than 10 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 12 pounds. Beneath the wiry coat you’ll find a stocky, substantial little dog. Norwiches are toy-sized but weren’t built for lying around on satin pillows—they were originally bred as tough and fearless ratters. They are easily distinguished from their doggy doppelganger, the Norfolk Terrier, by their erect, pointed ears. Three words convey the overall picture: cute, cuter, and cutest.

What's Their Story?

​The Norwich Terrier is among the seemingly endless variety of terriers bred to control Britain’s rodent population. In addition to being ratters, Norwiches were used in packs on foxhunts, and so tend to to be more sociable than the usual independent-minded terrier. The breed was associated with Cambridge University, where Norwich ownership was an undergraduate fad of the late 1800s. Norwich and Norfolk terriers are so closely related that AKC didn’t recognize them as separate breeds until 1979.

What are they Like?

​The old cliché about a “big dog in a small package” was coined for breeds like the Norwich. Happy-go-lucky, fearless, sometimes even bossy, Norwiches can be oblivious to the fact that they’re just 10 inches tall. They’re energetic enough to play fetch with the kids all day long, but also intensely loyal enough to devote plenty of lap time to their favorite human. Short, positive training sessions work best with this clever but sometimes stubborn breed.

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