The Norwich Terrier is the smallest of the terrier group. It is short, sturdy and strong. Originally the Norwich and the Norfolk Terriers were considered the same breed and were distinguished by their ears. The Norwich has pricked ears and the Norfolk has drop ears. The head is roundish with a wedge-shaped muzzle. The eyes are small, dark and oval. The wiry, shaggy, straight coat can be red, wheaten, grizzle, tan, and black and tan.
The Norwich Terrier was developed in Anglica, England to work as a ratter on farms. They were also used to bolt foxes that had gone to ground during hunts due to their small size. The Norfolk and Norwich Terriers used to be the same breed with two different ear types with both being referred to as the Norwich Terrier.
The Norwich Terrier is considered to have the mildest of the terrier breeds along with the Norfolk and Border Terriers. They are active, courageous, affectionate. As they are patient and easy to get along with, they make excellent companions for children and other dogs. Should be socialized and supervised with non-canine pets. As ratters, they love to chase toss toys. They do tend to bark and are very social.
Breed Club Links: Norwich Terrier Club of America
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