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Norwich Terrier

One of the smallest of the terriers with a lovable disposition


The early breeds of Norwich Terriers were a mix of many different Terriers and were called the Jones, Trumpington, and Cantab Terriers. These dogs were made famous by the sporting undergraduates in Cambridge University in the 1880’s who used them as ratters and to flush foxes. The Norwich Terrier and Norfolk Terrier were considered the same breed in England until 1964, when it was decided that those dogs with prick ears were Norwich Terriers and those with dropped ears are Norfolk Terriers. They are the smallest of the terrier breeds but with great substance for their size and characters to match. The Norwich Terrier is among the many varieties of terriers bred to control Britain’s rodent population. In addition to being ratters, because of their small size, this breed was favoured in fox flushing because they were able to get into the fox holes to flush out the foxes.

Read more about the history of this breedHERE

OTHER NAMES – Trumpington Terrier, Jones Terrier, Prick-Eared Norwich Terrier, Cantab Terrier


Happy-go-lucky, fearless, and sometimes even bossy, Norwich Terriers are energetic enough to play fetch all day, but affectionate enough to enjoy hours of lap time with their favorite human. Short, positive training sessions work best with this clever but sometimes stubborn breed. Because of their innate hunting instincts, they must be walked on a lead or let out only in a securely fenced area. Norwich Terriers are spirited little terriers, and they are usually eager to please and respond well to training. They tolerate other dogs and cats well, if raised with them. The Norwich Terriers heritage of ridding vermin makes them apt to kill other small pets such as rodents, birds and reptiles, so these should be kept away from them. To say they’re mischievous is an understatement. Norwich terriers need a large amount of interaction with people in order to be happy, well adjusted little dogs. They are natural explorers and companions, willing to follow their person to the edge of the world or simply the edge of the couch!


This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources.

PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Companion
TEMPERAMENTBold, Affectionate, Playful
EXERCISE NEEDED30 – 60 minutes per day
HEIGHT – MALE25 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE25 cm / 10 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEMedium length, Double coat
GROOMING NEEDSAt least once a week
LIFE EXPECTANCY12 – 14 years


  • They come in black and tan, grizzle, wheaten, tan, and red.
  • Norwich Terriers love to dig which includes flowerbeds, lawns and sofas.
  • Traditionally, a Norwich Terrier’s tail was docked, but since the law banning the procedure came into effect in the UK in 2007, it is now illegal with the exception being for some working breeds and if a dog suffers from some sort of health issue that requires their tails to be docked.
  • Because the legs of Norwich Terriers are short and stocky, they usually sit with their feet straight out. The way they lie down is also characteristic; they’ll lie flat on their stomachs with their feet sticking straight out to the side or behind them.


Breed standards vary throughout the world, click the buttons below to view the kennel clubs from around the world for more information of those standards, and for further information about Norwich Terriers.


You can view these beautiful pictures larger and in a slideshow, click on any image to view.


Enjoy this video about Norwich Terriers, you can view the entire playlist of videos about this breed on our YouTube Channel by clicking the button below:


Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to the Norwich Terrier breed, click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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