Fun Norwich Terrier Facts For Kids

Moumita Dutta
Oct 20, 2022 By Moumita Dutta
Originally Published on Aug 05, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
Fact-checked by Smriti Chaudhary
Norwich terrier facts are quite interesting for every dog lover.

Between the late 19th century and the early 20th century, a mixed breed called the Cantab terrier was bred, which led to the birth of puppies named Trumpington terriers. One of these breeds became the dog that was responsible for the Norwich terrier breed.

Initially, these were also known as Jones terrier, after Frank Jones, as he played a crucial role in bringing up this breed.

The Norwich terrier dog breed is also considered a close relative or cousin of the Norfolk terrier. These dogs were initially bred in the United Kingdom around the 19th century.

Around the middle of the 20th century, they were soon recognized to be bred in North America as well. Today, irrespective of their rarity they can be found, adopted, and bought in countries all around the world.

For more information and interesting facts about other breeds of dogs check out the Yorkshire terrier and the Airedale terrier.

Norwich Terrier Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a Norwich Terrier?

Norwich Terriers are a type of dog that classify as working dogs with a high energy level.

What class of animal does a Norwich Terrier belong to?

Norwich terriers are a breed of dog that belongs to the Mammalia class of animals.

How many Norwich Terriers are there in the world?

Although there is no exact number of Norwich Terriers that exist in the world, they are considered to be rare amongst the terrier breeds of dogs.

Where does a Norwich Terrier live?

The Norwich Terrier is one of the healthy breeds of working terrier dogs, that love being in their owner's homes as well as outdoors. They are an active dog breed that were used to hunt small rodents originally.

What is a Norwich Terrier's habitat?

Norwich terriers are a breed of dogs that were used in stable yards in the town of Norwich, during the 19th century, in East Anglia. They were soon popular for their hunting skills, those which originated in East Anglia and were then known as the working terriers.

They were bred to hunt and scare to make different areas free of rodents and other vermin. They are usually found or are bred at the American Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, or The Kennel Club England.

Who do Norwich Terriers live with?

Norwich terriers are quite friendly dogs and usually need their humans along with them. They would follow their person endlessly and love the company. They are the best breeds of dogs, as they can adjust and socialize whenever needed with another dog breed or a cat breed, too.

How long does a Norwich Terrier live?

The average life expectancy of the Norwich Terrier is equal to that of the other dog breeds, which ranges from a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 16 years. They must be well taken care of as they are prone to health issues like epilepsy, tracheal collapse, and an elongated soft palate.

How do they reproduce?

These dogs are popular working terriers and have been bred at a high rate in the American Kennel Club. This club estimated a total of 750 puppies in the year 2007, by the Norwich terrier breeders.

The Norwich terrier female is usually considered best for breeding between the age of two to six years of her age.

They do not have any specific mating or breeding season. Although post conceiving, the female goes through 60-63 days of gestation period before giving birth to a cluster of one or three Norwich terrier puppies.

What is their conservation status?

It is known that the Norwich Terrier is a rare breed of dog. This breed of dog is not yet listed under the conservation status slab of the International Union for Control of Nature (IUCN) and thus qualifies under Not Evaluated.

Norwich Terrier Fun Facts

What do Norwich Terriers look like?

The coat is usually wiry with a shade of either red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle. The Norwich and Norfolk terriers can, many a time, be confused due to their similar appearance.

Although, one stark feature that distinguishes between Norwich and Norfolk terriers, is that the Norwich usually have prick ears and the Norfolk terrier is a drop-eared dog. The Norwich terriers have beady eyes with fairly visible eyebrows.

They have rough short hair all over them. The hair covers their shoulder and neck and acts as their protective mane.

They can have fluffy tails that may range from 2-8 inches, unless the tail has been docked. The American Kennel Club usually has docked and short-tail Norwich terrier dogs.

How cute are they?

The Norwich terrier is a short and cute little breed of dog, that loves sports and is friendly and loving at all times.

How do they communicate?

This breed of dog communicates with each other just like the other dog breeds with the help of different sounds. The sounds can be in the form of barks, howls, screams, whimpers, sighs, growls, or pants.

While communicating with their humans, they usually tend to understand the gestures and non-verbal body language. They can also communicate with the help of pheromones and different kinds of scents.

How big is a Norwich Terrier?

The terriers are considered to be one of the smallest breeds of dogs. They are usually of the same size as the smallest Chihuahua or even a little smaller than them, with an average height ranging from 9.4–10 in (24–25.5 cm).

They also have an average length of 15-17 in (38-43 cm), making them the cutest and smallest breed of dog.

How fast can a Norwich Terrier run?

Norwich terrier is a breed of dog that loves dog sports. They are known for their high prey instincts and can run really fast as they were bred to hunt. This is a healthy breed of dog, that can run at a speed of 3-8 mph (4.8-12.8 kph).

How much does a Norwich Terrier weigh?

Being a small breed of dog, the Norwich terrier would have an average weight somewhere between 11- 12.1 lb (5–5.5 kg). Their life circles around hunting, the reason why they have specific exercise needs.

This makes it is easier for them to maintain their weight and not grow bulkier or heavy in size so that they can be active always.

What are their male and female names of the species?

Just like the other breed of dog, the male Norwich terrier is called either a dog or a stud. Whereas, the female Norwich terrier is called a bitch.

What would you call a baby Norwich Terrier?

The baby of a Norwich terrier is called a pup or a puppy.

What do they eat?

Although Norwich terriers are known to be bred as hunting dogs, they do not eat everything that they hunt. They are omnivores and would rather have cooked or raw meat, fish, high-quality dry food, or cooked eggs. In a vegetarian diet, they like vegetables, rice, cottage cheese, and fruit.

Are they slobbery?

Norwich terriers are not known much for their drooling. The tendency of them to be slobbery is considered low.

Would they make a good pet?

Norwich terriers are known for their eager to please spirit, as they want to make their person happy. Although they do not make good lap dogs due to their high energy levels, their friendliness and excitement for dog sports or even evening walks with their person can truly make them a good pet.

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Norwich terriers are considered perfectly good family dogs. Credit for this goes to their highly loving and affectionate nature and the ability to adjust to other pet animals. They are known to follow their guardian everywhere.

These dogs need a particular exercise routine of around 20-40 minutes. With a proper active routine, the Norwich terriers can be left alone for up to 10 hours per day.

When on walks or outdoors, it is advised for them to be on a leash, as they might adhere to their hunting spirits and move around wandering in crannies and lanes when left alone.

Characteristics and health issues

Norwich terrier is an intelligent breed of dog. They were bred so that they could hunt, as they have an inborn skill of being active, with high energy levels.

This makes them a perfect companion for walks as they turn into dog sports for them. They are very affectionate and sensitive, and usually want to know everything that their person or the guardian does.

They have a little hardy and stubborn personality, and would usually want to go about their own way. They might bark a lot when they sense danger or are bored and deprived of their exercise.

Norwich terriers might have some common health problems which relate to breathing issues. One of the most common health conditions is upper airway syndrome, which covers the elongated or short soft palates, abnormal or collapsing tracheas, swollen tonsils, and more disorders that can occur in combination with one or more health conditions like epilepsy and the likes.

Getting your own Norwich Terrier

In order to get one's own Norwich terrier, it is important for an individual to do proper research. One can also approach Norwich terrier rescue groups in their city to adopt the puppies. In case one wants to buy the puppy from breeders or pet stores, they cost an average of $1500- $2000.

Although these dogs need minimal grooming their caring might cost around $107 -$133 every month. These terriers shed their hair moderately; hence, you can brush the dog weekly to remove the dead hair.

It is important to trim the hair at least twice a year to avoid increased shedding due to the extra soft coat.

One should brush their dog's teeth two to three times every week to remove the bacteria and save the dog from gum diseases in the future.

These dogs are known to naturally wear their nails down; but in case the nails grow, the guardian is to trim their nails regularly to avoid them from harming themselves as well as the surroundings.

Norwich terriers are known to be lovable and would be perfect for children to play with. If one has another pet, the terrier will adjust to the surroundings and the cat or another pet dog. They usually tend to hunt rabbits or rodents, so one might have to keep an eye on their movements.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! Learn more about some other mammals including the Bedlington terrier and the bull terrier.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one of our cute puppy coloring pages.

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Written by Moumita Dutta

Bachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

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Moumita DuttaBachelor of Arts specializing in Journalism and Mass Communication, Postgraduate Diploma in Sports Management

A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.

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Smriti ChaudharyBachelor of Technology specializing in Information Technology

Smriti, a student data scientist, and coder, is pursuing her Bachelor of Technology at K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering. She has achieved top rankings in the International English Olympiad, National Spelling Bee, and PSAT/SAT English Section. She is experienced in content creation and editing for various academic institutions.

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