Norwich Terrier

11-12 lbs
Jones Terrier, Cantab Terrier, Trumpington Terrier

The Norwich Terrier breed originated in the 1800s as a working dog in England to rid the stables of rats and other vermin. The Norwich Terrier is the smallest working Terrier at only about 10 inches tall and 11 pounds. They come in black and tan, grizzle, wheaten, tan, and red. Although these tiny dogs are good hunters, they are mostly used now as lap dogs and show dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the Norwich Terrier is the 104th most popular breed in the United States and has been registered with the AKC since 1936. They are feisty, energetic, strong-willed, and courageous for their size but make wonderful and lovable companion pets.

purpose Purpose
ratting, fox bolting
history Date of Origin
ancestry Ancestry

Norwich Terrier Health

Sketch of Norwich Terrier
Average Size
Male Norwich Terrier size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 11-13 lbs
Female Norwich Terrier size stats
Height: 9-10 inches Weight: 11-12 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
Minor Concerns
  • Scottie Cramp
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Atopic Dermatitis
Occasional Tests
  • Cardiac
  • Eye
  • Knee
  • Blood Test
  • X-Rays
  • Physical Examination

Norwich Terrier Breed History

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 1880s who used them as ratters and to flush foxes. The first Norwich Terrier was a dog named Rags who originated in the town of Norwich, which is in Norfolk County in East Anglia, England. 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. Before that they were called Norwich Terrier D.E. (drop ears) and Norwich Terrier P.E. (prick ears). It took until 1979 for the Canadian Kennel Club and United Kennel Club to recognize these as two separate breeds. Both breeds still had only one parent club in the United States until 2009 when the members agreed to have two separate clubs: The Norfolk Terrier Club and the Norwich Terrier Club of America. The first of this breed to come to the United States was named William Jones who was owned by Robert Strawbridge, Esquire. He was bought from a breeder by the name of Frank Jones and was famous for his fox hunting as well as siring a great deal of generations of Norwich Terriers. Because of their small size, this breed was favored in fox flushing because they were able to get into the fox holes to flush out the foxes.

Norwich Terrier Breed Appearance

This small Terrier is a stocky and well-muscled ball of energy and fur who is only about 10 inches tall. With a fox like expression and perky, erect ears, this dog is ready to get busy doing something, whether it is playing or working, it does not matter. They are built for hunting, fun, or just sitting in your lap. The Norwich Terrier has a broad skull, medium-sized, perky ears, dark oval eyes, a strong muzzle, and black nose. The bite is scissor-like and the lips are black. They have a medium-length neck, short legs, a strong back, wide chest and well-sprung ribs. The tail should be medium-length and docked. Due to their love of digging, this breed has powerful, straight legs and small, round feet with thick pads. Their fur is double-coated, almost weatherproof, and come in several different colors. These colors include black and tan, grizzle, wheaten, tan, and red.

Appearance of Norwich Terrier
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Norwich Terrier eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
blue Norwich Terrier nose
black Norwich Terrier nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Norwich Terrier coat
fawn Norwich Terrier coat
red Norwich Terrier coat
brown Norwich Terrier coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
coat density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
coat texture
Norwich Terrier wiry coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Norwich Terrier Breed Maintenance

These dogs do not need too much grooming and can get by on being brushed once a week just to remove the dead hair. You can use a soft or slicker brush for this and you do not need to bathe her unless she gets especially dirty. However, they do need to be stripped, which is a process of pulling out entire hairs that should be done by a professional groomer although can be done by an owner if they know how. Stripping is important for the coat to retain its multi length hair and to keep the dog’s skin and coat healthy. Nails should be trimmed regularly and you should check your Norwich Terrier’s ears weekly for wax, dirt, or debris. This will prevent ear infections such as otitis media. Their tail should be medium docked for show purposes but natural is not a problem for a lap dog. In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to dock a Norwich Terrier’s tail unless they are working dogs.

Brushes for Norwich Terrier
Slicker Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
fur daily fur weekly fur monthly
Norwich Terrier requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Norwich Terrier Temperament

The Norwich Terrier is an active dog that needs plenty of exercise. Even though most are now kept as companion pets, they still retain their hunting instincts so they should not be allowed to run off their leash when not fenced in. While they can be trained to socialize with other house pets such as other dogs and cats, they should not be trusted with other animals that may be seen as prey such as hamsters, rabbits, and ferrets. They do tend to bark at anything that makes them nervous or suspicious, if they are just bored, or if they have not had enough exercise to get rid of that excess energy. These dogs can be hard to housetrain but if you stick to a schedule and reward them for good behavior, it can be done. They do like to dig and it is easier to give them a proper place to dig than to try to stop them from digging. However, they are wonderful and loyal pets who are always ready to play.

Activity Level
low activity medium activity high activity
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
4 miles
walk mileage
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes
activity minutes

Norwich Terrier Food Consumption

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

Norwich Terrier Height & Weight

6 Months
Sketch of Norwich Terrier at six months
Male Norwich Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 3.5 inches Weight: 4.0 lbs
Female Norwich Terrier size stats at six months
Height: 3.5 inches Weight: 3.5 lbs
12 Months
Sketch of Norwich Terrier at 12 months
Male Norwich Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 7.0 lbs
Female Norwich Terrier size stats at 12 months
Height: 5.5 inches Weight: 6.0 lbs
18 Months
Sketch of Norwich Terrier at 18 months
Male Norwich Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 10.5 lbs
Female Norwich Terrier size stats at 18 months
Height: 8.0 inches Weight: 9.5 lbs

Top Norwich Terrier Breeders

Check out who made our list for the most reputable Norwich Terrier breeders of 2024.
Top Norwich Terrier breeder Moonrock Norwich Terriers
Moonrock Norwich Terriers
Madison, Alabama
Top Norwich Terrier breeder Bronwyn Norwich Terriers
Bronwyn Norwich Terriers
Ennice, North Carolina
Top Norwich Terrier breeder ASCOT Norwich Terriers
ASCOT Norwich Terriers
Linglestown, Pennsylvania
Top Norwich Terrier breeder Wildtrout Norwich Terriers
Wildtrout Norwich Terriers
Midlothian, Texas
Top Norwich Terrier breeder Whitehart Norwich Terriers
Whitehart Norwich Terriers
Amherst, Virginia

Norwich Terrier Owner Experiences

1 Year
3 People
I love my pet so much and she’s come a really long way since I first got her 💕
2 years, 7 months ago
14 Years
Look out the window
Eating Snacks
Laying in the sun
This has to be the most awesome breed in the world talk about the heart of a lion in a little body. I adore this breed they are smart, caring, active, inquisitive just a joy to be around. A true terrier they love to chase anything that catches their eye, they are looking to please and need a strong leader. He will eat anything and everything at any time. Loves treats loves food loves to look for food. They are friendly if socialized but once older they do not like for dogs to invade their space. One of the most amazing breeds ever invented.
6 years, 2 months ago
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