Norwich de Tulear

8-13 lbs
United States
Coton de Tulear
Norwich Terrier
The Norwich de Tulear is quite the sophisticated gentleman and a hybrid breed mix between the Coton de Tulear and Norwich Terrier. As can be imagined, while this dog is quite small, he has a very large personality! With the combined determination of the Terrier and the bright, happy-go-lucky attitude of the Coton, there is no doubt that the Norwich de Tulear is a dog that will keep any owner on their toes while also providing endless amounts of smiles to anyone who sees him. He is an easy breed to train and, due to his small size, does extremely well in any size home; even small apartments or houses. The Norwich de Tulear's appearance usually consists of a small body with long, wiry hair that can appear in a number of different colors. The ears can be either erect or small and folded, hidden within the fur, while the eyes are always large and a very dark brown. Due to their thick fur, this breed can do quite well in cold weather but tend to prefer more mild climates. Lastly, although they shed often, the Norwich de Tulear can be hypoallergenic thanks to the Coton's genes but this will vary based on which fur type is more predominate (either the Coton's or the Norwich's).
purpose Purpose
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry
Coton de Tulear and Norwich Terrier

Norwich de Tulear Health

Average Size
Male Norwich de Tulear size stats
Height: 10-11 inches Weight: 9-15 lbs
Female Norwich de Tulear size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 8-13 lbs
Major Concerns
  • None
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Cerebellar Abiotrophy
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None
Occasional Tests
  • Eye Examinations
  • Full Physical Examination

Norwich de Tulear Breed History

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. 

Norwich de Tulear Breed Appearance

Because the Norwich de Tulear is a mix between two different breeds, his appearance can vary quite a lot. Typically, he is a small breed with a lightweight body and long, wiry fur. His ears can be either tall and erect in perfect little triangles, like the Norwich Terrier, or folded over and framing his face like the Coton de Tulear. If you are someone who suffers from allergies, the Norwich de Tulear actually can have fur that may be hypoallergenic if it takes after the Coton's fur. However, if he has the Norwich Terrier's fur, this is not the case so be sure to look into that carefully before choosing a Norwich de Tulear of your own! This breed tends to shed often, but with weekly grooming and a good vacuum, the shedding can be kept to a very manageable amount. Thanks to this thicker fur, the Norwich de Tulear does very well in cooler climates but can become overheated rather easily. Finishing off this handsome breed's appearance is a black button nose and happy brown eyes that compliment his personality perfectly.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Norwich de Tulear eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Norwich de Tulear nose
black Norwich de Tulear nose
Coat Color Possibilities
white Norwich de Tulear coat
fawn Norwich de Tulear coat
brown Norwich de Tulear coat
red Norwich de Tulear coat
black Norwich de Tulear coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Norwich de Tulear wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Norwich de Tulear Breed Maintenance

The Norwich de Tulear is a low maintenance breed that only requires brushing to remove any knots and manage shedding. Brushing should take place at least three times a week in order to keep the fur shiny and clean, as well as remove any knotting that may occur along the legs and belly. Bathing, while only really necessary every few weeks or so, can occur more often if you have a white or very light colored Norwich de Tulear. Regular bathing will be required to keep the light colored fur clean, but there is no bad doggy odor so it is not a necessity. Besides bathing and brushing, be sure to clean your dog's ears thoroughly, especially if they are folded over like the Coton's. Moisture can get trapped inside folded ears very easily, making the perfect environment for ear infection to set in. By thoroughly cleaning and drying the ears, such issues can be avoided. Lastly, trim your dog's nails every few weeks or whenever you hear them begin to click against the floor.
Brushes for Norwich de Tulear
Pin Brush
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Norwich de Tulear requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Norwich de Tulear Temperament

Due to the fact that the Norwich de Tulear's parents are both extreme people dogs, it will come as no surprise that he will also be a huge lover of people! This breed is jolly, affectionate, friendly, gentle, outgoing, and responds very well to what his master asks of him. He does wonderfully with children of all ages and has no issues with other pets. In fact, the Norwich de Tulear doesn't have an issue with anyone! No matter what age you are, this happy little breed is the ultimate companion dog. He will stay by your side and offer love, cuddles, and some real quality play time whenever you need it. This makes him an excellent dog for the elderly as well as the young, and won't be a difficult dog to train no matter what level of experience you may have. When it comes to barking, the Norwich de Tulear is not a huge talker and only seems to bark often when necessary. If he is excited about something or notes an activity that he deems suspicious, the little terrier mix will alert you about it without a doubt. However, because he does not bark often and is very small in size, the Norwich de Tulear is a great choice for any size home and if neighbors are near by, they shouldn't need to worry about being annoyed with constant barking. Overall, if you are looking for a wonderful companion dog who is loving and great with everyone, big or small, then the Norwich de Tulear may be the perfect fit for you.

Norwich de Tulear Activity Requirements

When we consider the activity level of the Norwich de Tulear, we must take a look at his parent's energy ranges. The Coton de Tulear is a very laid back breed who's favorite activities consist primarily of following his owner around the house and having sporadic bursts of energy where he dashes around the house, only to become calm once more. On the other hand, the Norwich Terrier (like many terriers) is full of energy and is ready to take on the world at a moment's notice! Because of this combination, it is safe to assume that the Norwich de Tulear is a well-balanced combination of high energy and low energy, making him a moderately active dog. The best way to burn off this breed's energy will be training sessions and activities such as a long walk or visiting a dog park for him to play with other doggy friends. It is important to remember that this is an intelligent breed, so just physical activity alone won't be enough to wear him out. Use training to your advantage and teach your dog to be well-behaved, while also giving him a good mental workout to provide him with a calm demeanor for the rest of the day!
Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
8 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes
activity minutes

Norwich de Tulear Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
1 cups
cup per day cost
Daily Cost
$0.80 - $1.00
food bowls daily cost
Monthly Cost
$25.00 - $30.00
food bag monthly cost

Norwich de Tulear Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Norwich de Tulear size stats at six months
Height: 6.0 inches Weight: 8.5 lbs
Female Norwich de Tulear size stats at six months
Height: 5.0 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
12 Months
Male Norwich de Tulear size stats at 12 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 11.5 lbs
Female Norwich de Tulear size stats at 12 months
Height: 7.0 inches Weight: 10.0 lbs
18 Months
Male Norwich de Tulear size stats at 18 months
Height: 10.0 inches Weight: 14.0 lbs
Female Norwich de Tulear size stats at 18 months
Height: 9.0 inches Weight: 12.0 lbs

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