Norwich Terrier

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Cantab Terrier
  • Jones Terrier
  • Trumpington Terrier
Country/Date of origin:
  • England
  • 19th century
  • 10 inches
  • 11 to 12 pounds
  • One of the most personable of all dogs.
  • An excellent watchdog.
  • A sturdy, friendly, little fellow.
  • A perfect demon when ratting, the Norwich is not overly quarrelsome in everyday life.

The working terrier of East Anglia was developed in the 19th century but there wasn’t much uniformity of type until 1923 when the dogs were given the name Norwich Terrier and accepted into the English Kennel Club.  Originally, both the prick-eared and drop-eared varieties were called Norwich Terrier and both appeared in the same litter.  However, in 1979, the American Kennel Club (AKC) reclassified the breed and the prick-eared variety retained the Norwich name and the drop-eared variety was dubbed Norfolk Terrier.  Game and hardy, the little earth terriers were used as house and stable vermin exterminators.  Carried in saddle bags, they were taken on fox hunts to drive the fox from its lair when the hounds had forced it to ground.  Norwich were often around horses, and to this day the breed retains a special affinity for the equine species.

Body Type:
  • A sturdy, short-legged, go-to-ground terrier with prick ears and a tiny tail.
  • Erect, prick ears are not altered.
  • Tail, which is carried stiffly erect, is usually docked.
  • Hard, wiry double coat.
  • Shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle are allowed.
  • Requires hand-stripping to maintain the proper coat texture.
Health and Wellness:
  • Generally healthy constitution.
  • Subject to dry skin problems if kept in the house.
What you should know:
  • Once the mascot of students of Cambridge University.
  • Today the darling of the horsy set.
  • Likes to dig, and once free of the restraining fence, will set out in quest of adventure and/or mischief.
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