The Norwich Terrier


Terriers have lived in many different parts of the world at different times. Generally those differences are a result of the various regions from which they hail. Norwich Terriers are from England’s East Anglia, which is also the location of Cambridge University. In fact it was the students at Cambridge who first popularized the breed which had originally been a ratter. They frequently gambled on Norwich Terriers and later crossbred them with other local dogs to create Trumpington Terriers. 

One famous Trumpington in particular went by the name of Rags and sired numerous descendants including the first Trumpington to find his way into America. By then the breed had picked up a taste for hunting foxes instead of rats. The breed is occasionally still called “Jones Terrier” after the original American Owner. 

The American Kennel Club recognized the breed as Norwich Terriers in 1936. Until 1979 they could have either dropped or pointed Ears, but the breed’s standard was changed after the Norfolk Terrier was recognized as a separate breed. 

Sizing up

  • Weight: 11 to 12 lbs.
  • Height: 10 inches
  • Coat: Wiry, medium length
  • Color: Red, wheaten, black and tan
  • Life expectancy: 12 to 15 years

What’s the Terrier like?
The Norwich Terrier is independent, feisty and not afraid to stand up for himself. He’s always ready to play and to chase. Remember that his preferred game is small animals, so keep the family hamster far away. He should, however, get along fine with cats and dogs. He can be injured by toddlers but should be fine around older children who know how to be gentle.   

The Norwich Terrier remembers harsh treatment, and this method won’t be affective during training. The Norwich terrier would do better with a reward based system and a gentle voice. 

The Norwich Terrier has a long standing history as a working dog and will require exercise every day. Fortunately, his needs are not overly burdensome a few short walks every day should satisfy him. The Norwich also barks less than other terriers.

Try and find a Norwich whose personality matches your own, start by talking with the breeder.  If you’ve found one with experience, and we hope you have, then the breeder can help guide you to the perfect fit. 


Conditions to watch for in the Norwich include the following:

Takeaway Points

  • The Norwich Terrier is a small animal hunter.
  • The Norwich Terrier is always on the lookout for adventure.
  • The Norwich Terrier might run through electric fences.
  • The Norwich Terrier is often unaware of his own size.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.