This small and active dog originated from Europe and was commonly used as a ratter in farm stables and barns. They were also used in fox hunting as they would bolt foxes that were underground. They are also known as Jones Terrier, Prick-eared terrier, Trumpington terrier and cantab terrier. Initially, there were two varieties of this terrier breed: the prick ear and drop ear. After a long standing controversy of other physical distinctions, the dog kennel club in England decided to separate the two hence naming the drop eared as Norfolk Terrier.
They are short and sturdy dogs. They have a thick coat the covers generally the entire body even the face. They have thick eye brows and a mustache that runs down the side of its muzzle. It has a short muzzle with a black tip nose and its ears a sharp pointed. Its mouth comes to a close with a scissors bite. They stand at about 10 inches and weigh about 10 -12 pounds. They have dark round eyes which give a sharp piercing look. Their tail is medium-sized and usually held up high.
They are loving dogs and will welcome anyone who is interested to play and know them. They are very active and social hence, will fit in well in a family of children as they will play with balls and toys. They have high levels of energy and will dig owner’s back yard and bark a lot. They should be exercised daily for their overall wellbeing. They like to be in control, and one should be careful during training not to let allow the dog to take over the session
They are very sociable animals and should not be left alone for an extended period of time. They should exercise every day so that they can find a release for their high energy. A trainer should be careful to be firm but gentle with the dog allowing it to learn at its own pace though they are quick learners.
They are generally healthy dogs and are prone to what it common to other dog breeds such as eye disorder and genetic diseases
The Norwich Terrier should be fed on a high quality nutritious diet always. This will ensure it grows healthy. The amount of food served is dependent on the weight, age and metabolic rate of the dog.
Coat, Color and Grooming
The Norwich Terrier breed has both an undercoat and top coat. The undercoat is soft, thick and warm while the top coat is curly and hard. It comes in a variety of colors such as red, black and brownish, tan and other variations of brown. They require regular grooming of brushing its hair and very occasionally bathing the dog. It is also important to observe its dental hygiene and trim its nails.
With family and other pets
This is a very affectionate family dog and will bond easily with everyone in the family. They are good with children because they enjoy playing a lot. They also accommodate other pets and will get along well with them especially if they are properly socialized.