AKC PuppyFinder: Norwich Terrier Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: plucky, loyal, and affectionate
  • Energy Level: Very Active; A tireless, alert companion, a Norwich enjoys exploring the world around him
  • Good with Children: Yes
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Seasonal
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Responds Well
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Weight: 12 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12-15 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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One of the smallest of terriers, the Norwich Terrier is as happy playing endless games of fetch as he is curled in your lap. At just 10 inches tall, he can live just about anywhere, city or country. Your Norwich Terrier puppy, with his prick ears and alert expression, responds well to positive training in short sessions. As smart as he is, he can also be a bit stubborn, with an outsized personality. Lots of exercise and playtime will channel all that terrier energy. He's a brave little explorer with a strong hunting instinct, so keep him safe in a fenced yard and by walking him on a lead.

History & Job
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Origin: England

Year Recognized: 1936

Breed History & Job Description: 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.

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Norwich are a hardy breed that with good health care can be expected to live between 12 and 14 years. The most universal health issue in the breed is Upper Airway Syndrome (UAS). UAS is not completely understood in Norwich Terriers, however, upper airway abnormalities can be identified by symptoms such as loud or raspy breathing or exercise intolerance. A problem common to small terriers and toy breeds is dental issues; daily brushing is advised. Food should be carefully measured and rationed to avoid obesity. Norwich are particularly good jumpers and can jump up on furniture. Care must be taken to guard against giant leaps off of high places particularly when Norwich are immature.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Patella Evaluation
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