History and Origin: originated in the United Kingdom: bred to hunt rodents and small vermin. Named for their small town in England, they were also successful when used in packs at hunts. Probably developed by crossing smaller Irish Terriers with other short legged terriers, they were recognized as an official breed in England in 1932 and in the US in 1979. A dog by the name of ‘Rags’, was bred successfully in England and is considered the forerunner of the breed today.
General Appearance: stocky and study with solid body and strong bone. Quite a substantial dog in a small package, very hardy, they were bred to be tough and fearless ratters. They have a harsh weather resistant coat, prick ears, square appearance on short legs, and foxy expression. They are one of the smallest terriers.
Height: ideal is 10 inches Weight: ideal is 12 pounds
Coat and Colour: all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan and grizzle: Body: the coat is harsh and wiry to touch, and lies close to the body with definite undercoat: Heavier coat around neck and shoulders so as to create a mane. Face: Heavier hair forms slight eyebrows, and whiskers on muzzle, otherwise hair on face, head and ears is short and smooth. Any white patches are undesirable. A proper coat is preferred to be hand stripped to maintain texture and colour. This type of coat easily stays clean as dirt falls right off. If an owner prefers to have their pet clippered this is also fine, but it will result in a softer coat texture and colour will lighten.
Feeding: do well on a quality kibble: a balanced raw diet is also acceptable: generally good eaters so weight must be monitored carefully. Teeth tend to get dirty so regular care is essential.
Temperament: An affectionate breed, they love their people and like to be near. They are a pack animal so do well in multiples: very game little breed and happy to do whatever the family chooses. Happy and energetic: keen and outgoing with lively personality.
Training and Obedience: They are rather slow to house train as puppies so patience will be required. Crating during puppy hood is essential. Can be obedience trained but have a rather stubborn nature so fair, consistent, patient training is essential. As with any breed, a fenced secure yard is a must.
Activity and Performance: They enjoy a daily walk but exercise needs are modest. Some Norwich Terriers rarely bark, and only to alert: they are short legged and small so not a good breed for a distance jogger or biker Do well in barn hunts, and agility.