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Norwich Terrier

WEIGHT: 12 lbs
HEIGHT: 10 inches
COLOR(S): Red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle.
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The Norwich Terrier is a native breed of Norfolk, England. This lovable little dog is among the smallest of the working terriers. It has a short, strong, sturdy body with strongly boned legs and a fox-like muzzle with large solid teeth. The eyes are dark and expressive and the ears are upright. The tail is docked by half. The coat is wiry and straight and come in red, wheaten, tan, black & tan, and grizzle - occasionally with white markings. These Terrier dogs are small, portable an adaptable dogs. They make a delightful companion who loves to hunt, dig and investigate.


The Norwich Terriers are active, courageous, affectionate, balanced, without any nervousness or quarrelsomeness. They love everyone and are good with children. Easy to train. They will dig and bark if left outside for long periods of time with nothing to occupy their quick minds. These lovely dogs love toys and balls and are generally good with other pets, but can be difficult to housebreak. Norwich Terriers should not be let off of their lead unless secure. They are okay joggers for short distances.


They have a hard, wiry and straight coat. The shaggy, medium-length, waterproof coat is relatively easy to care for, but daily combing and brushing is important. This breed is a light shedder.


Some lines are prone to back problems and genetic eye diseases, but are generally healthy.


These little dogs were bred to work. They are energetic and thrive on an active life and need to be taken on a daily walk. They can jog for short distances. While out on the walk the dog must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as in a dog's mind the leader leads the way, and that leader needs to be the human. Teach them to enter and exit all door and gateways after the human.


This breed is generally good with other pets such as cats and dogs, but should not be trusted with small animals such as hamsters, pet rats, mice or guinea pigs. Do not allow this little dog to develop Small Dog Syndrome, where the dog believes he is pack leader to humans. This can cause many varying degrees of behavior problems including, but not limited to, separation anxiety, jealousy and guarding behaviors. They can be difficult to housebreak.

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