The Norwich Terrier can adapt to any home with moderate exercise (fast walks and active play sessions) and lots of camaraderie. These sociable dogs love to be with their owners and require full participation in all activities.
Their reactions to strangers can be friendly, but is more often reserved. For this reason, Norwich Terriers needs more socialization than other terriers, so that their natural caution does not become exaggerated. These alert dogs make excellent guard dogs but are not aggressive.
Normally, Norwich Terriers get along well (although he’s a bit jealous, possessive and proxy) with other dogs and cats in the family. As genuine terriers, they tend to be opposed to strange animals.
The Norwich Terriers need a leash or fence at all times, as they are curious and independent dogs with vigorous hunting instincts.
In the depressed eye, the Norwich Terrier is virtually identical to the Norfolk Terrier, the most obvious difference being the ear transport, Norwich pricked ears, while Norfolk has drooping ears. In temper, some terrier lovers say the Norwich Terrier has a softer temper than Norfolk, but it’s really a matter of individual personality.
If you want a dog who…
- Is small, yet sturdy and tough – not a delicate lapdog
- Has a natural appearance
- Needs only moderate exercise
- Makes a keen watchdog
- Doesn’t shed too much
- Co-exists with other pets more willingly than some other terriers
A Norwich Terrier may be right for you.
If you don’t want to deal with…
- The dynamic terrier temperament (see full description below)
- Providing enough exercise and activities to keep them busy
- Timidity when not socialized enough
- Potential aggression toward other animals – chasing instincts
- Digging holes
- Regular clipping of the wiry coat
- A considerable number of potential health problems
- Waiting lists (hard to find) and a high price tag
A Norwich Terrier may not be right for you.
Characteristics of the Norwich Terrier
1. The dynamic temper of the terrier. Most terrier breeds are remarkably similar. The same words are used repeatedly – fast to chime, fast to chase, lively, mandarin, sharp, scrappy, intelligent, independent, tetu, persistent, impulsive, intense.
I do not recommend terriers at home with small children. Many terriers will not tolerate any absurdities of the small life forms they consider to be inferior to their importance. Many terriers are quick to react to teasing, and even to the normal discomfort that comes with small children (accidental pressing of their ears or leaning on their paws). Many terriers possess their food and toys and defend them from all comers, including children.
2. Possibility of animal aggression. Norwich Terriers are often more tolerant of other dogs and cats than many other terriers. Especially the dogs and cats that belong to their family. However, many Norwich Terriers are dominant or aggressive towards strange dogs and have strong instincts to hunt and seize small fleeing creatures.
3. Provide enough socialization. Norwich Terriers tends to be a bit impassive with strangers, so they need an extended exposure to people and visions and unusual sounds. Otherwise, they may find themselves shy or suspicious.
4. The spirit of their own. Norwich Terriers must be taught at an early age that they are not the leaders of the world. The harshness that makes them suitable for the destruction of vermin can frustrate you when you try to teach them anything. Norwich Terriers can be stubborn and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, by absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
5. Barking. Terriers are often too fast to sound the alarm with each new view and sound. You must be equally quick to stop them. This means that you have to establish the right relationship between your Norwich Terrier and yourself, where you are the leader and he is the follower. This is called Respect Training.
6. Grooming. Norwich Terriers require a crash and a cut every few months. Pure purists can say that terrier coats should never be clipped as they make the coat softer and more conducive to matting. Instead, they advocate removing by hand (each dead hair is out, so a new one can grow in its place). But in my opinion, removing is too long and uncomfortable for the dog. Many groomers will not do it anymore. For pet dogs, I think the crashing is very good.
7. Health Problems. Norwich Terriers can suffer from skin diseases, joint diseases, eye diseases, epilepsy and heart disease.