Norwich Terrier Breed Information

From the abbreviated Norwich Terrier breed standard.  “The Norwich Terrier is a spirited and stocky with prick ears and a slightly foxy expression... eager to dispatch small vermin...has good bone and substance and an almost weatherproof coat.  Ideal height should not exceed 10 inches at the withers... weight approximately 12 pounds.  Coat is hard, wiry and straight.  Colors are all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle.  Temperament is described as gay, fearless, loyal and affectionate.” See the Official Norwich Terrier breed standard for a complete description.

Is A Norwich Terrier Right For Me?

The Norwich Terrier is small but sturdy, not fine boned like a toy breed.  They are happy, inquisitive, intelligent, energetic, and sometimes independent little dogs.  They have a delightful sense of humor and a variety of quirks that make them extremely charming.  Of the 27 AKC recognized terrier breeds, the Norwich is the smallest of the working terriers, and is said to have the softest temperament.  He does however, have all the tenacity, feistiness, and attitude of his larger brethren.


Norwich Terriers were bred to hunt vermin and many have a high prey drive.  The cute squirrels and rabbits that visit your yard are prey to him, and so is the family's pet hamster or guinea pig if you keep these types of pets.  A Norwich Terrier would not be a good fit for a home where these types of pets are also kept.  


Norwich Terriers are a double coated breed; they have a soft, downy undercoat and a thick, wiry guard coat.  This type of coat sheds dirt and water easily but does take some work to keep it properly maintained.  The coat is not soft to the

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touch. A Norwich in proper coat, feels somewhat like a Brillo pad. The wiry coat is maintained by pulling the dead coat, a process known as stripping. Stripping a terrier coat is not difficult, but it is time consuming. Stripping can be done on a weekly basis (this is called "rolling the coat") whereby only the longest hairs are pulled. Stripping can also be done several times a year by pulling the entire guard coat out leaving only the undercoat. Rolling the coat is my preference as shedding is minimal and the dog always looks neat and tidy.