Norwich Terrier


Developed in England, the Norwich Terrier and Norfolk Terrier were once believed to be separate varieties of the same breed; eventually, the two were separated into distinct breeds (see Norfolk Terrier), with the prick-eared dog as the Norwich. Though small, the Norwich was an eager worker and a formidable force in ratting and fox hunting. Today the breed excels in the show ring but has experienced limited popularity as a pet.
Small; 10 inches, 10 to 15 pounds.


Red, wheaten, black and tan, and grizzle.


Fearless, amusing, affectionate, adaptable. Independent; can be a training challenge. Loyal, sensitive companion; good with children, especially when raised with them.

Energy level:

High, but can vary with owner.

Best owner:

Active, patient owner.


Daily exercise (short walk or run; avoid heat and humidity), leash, fenced yard, patient housebreaking, obedience training, combing once or twice a week plus stripping twice a year.

Life expectancy:

12 to 15 years.