NORWICH TERRIER DOG

A small, vigorous Terrier with a big dog attitude, fearless, sporty, the Norwich Terrier will dig a way to its owner’s heart, since it is loyal, cheerful and affectionate. 
With raised and sensitive ears, and corresponding with a fox type expression, the Norwich Terrier is a small working Terrier, with a size similar to its cousin the Norfolk. The ideal height to the withers is between 25 and 26 cm, and weigh about 6 kg. It has water resistant hair, rough texture, straight and well flat on the body, with a dense undercoat. It has a moustache and eyebrows, for the rest the hair is short at the head, the ears and muzzle. The key of the Norwich coat is its natural appearance, since it only requires minimal grooming. It exists in every red, wheat, black and tan, or grayish tonalities, white spots or patches are not desirable. The eyes are small and oval shaped, dark, with black eyelids; its expression is smart and looks similar to fox. The eyes are erect, medium sized and ending in a tip. The skull is wide and slightly rounded; the muzzle is wedge shaped; defined stop; scissor bite. The neck is medium lengthed and strong; the body is moderately short, compact and deep. The tail docking is optional; if docked it is medium amputation, if not, it is moderate size. The shoulders are well sloped backwards; the elbows close to the body; forelegs straight for digging; round feet with thick pads; the hindquarters wide.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR     
Some Norwich Terriers receive stand ovations for their fame, as the Best in Show in the 1994 Westminster Ch. Willum the Conqueror. 
The Norwich is a small and smart Terrier, a great companion for children and tireless guard. It adapts well to life in the city, although it longs for the country, where it can play in the fields and hunting mice, etc. If it has been raised with a cat, they will get along; otherwise, it will want to chase them as well. These small Terriers enjoy the outdoors, and can run around and dig for hours. Their fearless nature and strong hunting instinct can easily lead them to trouble. For elderly people the Norwich and its cousin the Norfolk are delicious companions able to brighten the blackest of days.
 
DEVELOPMENT    
As the Norwich and the Norfolk were considered the same breed until 1979, in the litters both types can emerge. These Norwich puppies are promising to entertain crowds and homes.
The size of the Norwich litters is usually small, four puppies or less. The weight at birth is about 140 g in average. The tail is docked (more or less to half the length) and the dewclaws removed during the first week. The Norwich grows and develops quickly. After eight weeks the weigh is at 1.5 kg; after six months, 5 kg. The ideal weight is between 6 and 7 kg. The erect ear characteristic should be raised after 10 to 12 weeks. The ears should drop and rise again during the dentition period. The maximum height is reached before a year. The Norwich puppies are extremely noisy and playful; they can even end their owner’s patience. It needs obedience training since it is small and plenty time to exercise. Adolescence is marked by the emerging of the adult rough coat. More hair care and “stripping” is necessary. The Norwich turns more serious and even calm with age.
 
HEALTH
The Norwich grows quite fast. The puppy is surprisingly strong and extroverted. The puppy weighs approx. 1.5 kg after eight weeks. 
The Norwich and Norfolk are closely related breeds. In fact, they were recently considered two separate breed. Sanitary information is similar for both breeds. An excellent health and relatively few serious hereditary diseases are breed qualities. In the Norwich C – section deliveries are frequent, not in the Norfolk. The largest concern for the owners is usually watching for injuries. The breeders mention skin problems as the largest health concern. Some allergic reactions have been reported (even to anti-parasite baths), and the owner should ensure an adequate diet (with essential fatty acids) and hygiene for their dogs. Hair care is relatively simple once the “stripping” is done properly, since only minimal grooming is necessary. The owner should inspect the eyes regularly for signs of injury or irritation. The most important thing is make it used to grooming sessions early, since this Terrier is tremendously independent and can strongly resist. It usually lives well past ten years.