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The Norwich Terrier, a dog with a strong character

Don't be fooled by its small size. The Norwich Terrier has a strong character. This does not prevent him from being a pleasant pet that you can always count on. Sociable and playful, they get along well with children and other animals.

Norwich Terrier Characteristics

The Norwich Terrier is distinguished by its small size. It is considered one of the smallest terrier breeds. With good power and strong bones, this compact, sturdy dog is low to the ground. It measures on average 25 cm and weighs nearly 5 kg. They are best recognized by their fox-like muzzle mounted on a slightly rounded, broad skull with a pronounced stop. The animal has small, strong, sharp jaws and tight lips. It has small oval shaped eyes that reveal a lively look. Their brightness and their black or dark brown color are also very remarkable. Concerning the ears, they are straight, triangular in shape and set wide apart. They have pointed tips and are of medium size. The Norwich Terrier has a straight lying hair called "wire" because of its rough texture. It is longer on the head than the rest of the body. The coat can be red, wheaten, gray or black and tan.

History of the Norwich Terrier breed

The Norwich Terrier is a relatively old breed. It has always been confused with the Norfolk Terrier during the 19th century. This breed appeared in England and would be born from a cross between different breeds: the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Cairn Terrier or the Glen of Imaal Terrier. The resulting breed was mainly used to track badgers, foxes and rabbits in the tunnels. Very popular on the Cambridge campus, the Norwich Terrier almost became extinct during the Second World War. Luckily, the breed was saved thanks to ingenious crossbreeding. The breed was first listed in 1932 by the English Kennel Club and was officially recognized by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) in 1954.

Living conditions and behavior of the Norwich Terrier

Formerly a hunter, the Norwich Terrier has now become a pet. It is known to be cheerful and mischievous. Moreover, it is an animal full of energy and lively, always ready to play, which makes the happiness of the children. Fearless, it is also sympathetic and friendly and will never seek confrontation. Other qualities include intelligence and courage. The Norwich Terrier can adapt to any lifestyle. He can live in the city and in the country. They need regular exercise to stay in shape.

Diet and major health problems of the Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier does not develop any specific pathology, which is why it is considered a strong and robust animal. It does not need a specific diet either. However, it is important to watch its diet, because it tends to be greedy, which can cause obesity.