Like many other hybrid breeds, the Norwich de Tulear doesn't have a very detailed backstory. This is primarily because he is a newer breed that hasn't had enough time to become as well-known as, for instance, his parent breeds. Because of this, we will need to turn to the Coton de Tulear and the Norwich Terrier to learn more about why this particular hybrid breed may have been created and what traits he may have due to his ancestry. For example, when we take a look at the Coton, we see a breed that has been loved for generations due to their easy portability and joyful personalities. The Coton was used as a companion animal for more than 2,000 years and while we don't know exactly where they came from, we do know that this particular Bichon breed takes his name from Tulear, Madagascar. Slowly, due to the Coton's portability and lovable personality, he made his way all over the world and eventually landed in the United States. In the year 1976, the Coton de Tulear Club of America was formed and a few years later the American Kennel Club accepted the Coton as an official breed. Ever since then these fluffy little white dogs have been favorites for companionship and showing events all over the world. The Norwich Terrier was initially created in England's East Anglia which is the home of Cambridge University. While Cambridge is full of extremely intellectual and scholarly souls, they were still students who experienced boredom from time to time. So, for entertainment, the students liked to make bets on sporting events which included betting on a terrier's ratting ability. Because of this love of competition, the terriers were crossed with other breeds in order to develop small red, black, or tan dogs that had a sporting spirit. Thus, the Norwich (known as the Trumpington initially) Terrier was born. One of these Trumpington Terriers had a very big part to play when it came to the development of the breed we know and love today. His name was Rags, and he lived very near to the city of Norwich. With his huge reputation for being an expert ratter, Rags became a staple for the new breed of Terrier that came out of Norwich; terriers who were excellent at bolting foxes from their dens. Eventually, the Norwich Terrier was brought to the United States after one terrier, by the name of Willum was purchased by a Philedelphia dog lover. Willum then went on to sire a number of Norwich Terriers and eventually the breed became popular enough to be officially recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936. Ever since, the Norwich has been a popular companion and show dog.