Some things to consider about Norwich Terriers
Norwich terriers are one of the smallest of the working
terriers - approximately 12 pounds in weight. They make
great companions and love children. Because of their
strong prey drive to chase small vermin, Norwich must never
be left off-leash except in controlled circumstances.
As terriers go, Norwich are one of the more biddable
(trainable) of the terrier breeds. You might want to look
around the AKC
web page on Norwich terriers, which includes the
breed standard (a description of how the ideal Norwich
A dog is an adopted family member that you get to choose.
A Norwich puppy will be living with you for approximately
twelve to fifteen years. So it is important to do your
homework and make an informed choice. I encourage you to
look around my kennel web pages, learn as much as you can
about Norwich terriers, and ask questions.
Here are some things you should consider.
Why do you want a Norwich terrier?
There are several small terrier breeds that are easier to
acquire - Westies, Cairns, Border terriers, etc. Why do
you want a Norwich terrier? You may not have a good answer
to this question, but it is one that you should try to
What sex do you want?
Some people have a strong preference regarding the sex of
the dog that they want to acquire; some people do not. As
a generalization, boy dogs are sweeter than girl dogs.
Do you want a young puppy, an older puppy, or an
Young puppies chew everything (that nice piece of
furniture), pee and poop in the most inconvenient spots
(that nice rug), and generally can be a real nuisance.
Some people love this time of a dog's life; others prefer
an older puppy that is past most of this. Some people
even prefer an older dog that is "retired" from breeding
What color Norwich do you want?
People choose a particular breed because they like the
size, the look, and the temperament. Along with look
goes color. Some people have a preference; others do not.
The two predominant colors of Norwich terriers are red
and "black and tan" (black saddle).
Have you considered the price of a Norwich terrier?
No authority sets the price of a Norwich terrier.
Each individual breeder sets their own price. You have
to ask a breeder what they charge. Price however is not
necessarily an indication of quality. You should learn
as much as you can about Norwich terriers, and not just
take the first one that you find available for sale.
See Some questions to ask
Keep in mind that the sale price of a Norwich is not the
only financial consideration. I tell my
puppy buyers that they should budget approximately
$1,000 per year on the maintenance of a Norwich terrier -
approximately $500 for annual dental cleanings with x-rays
and another $500 for food, shots, etc.
Have you considered a Norfolk terrier?
Norwich and Norfolk were originally one breed but were
divided into two breeds by ear carriage - "prick ear"
(Norwich) and "drop ear" (Norfolk). Surprisingly they have
diverged quite a bit in terms of conformation, temperament,
and health in the relatively short time that they have
Besides the ears, the Norwich breed standard asks for
square in shape, the Norfolk standard says slightly
rectangular. If you study them enough, you can definitely
see a difference in body type.
Here are two quotes from breeders who have both Norwich
and Norfolk terriers:
Norfolk's want their people and Norwich need their people.
Many years ago Annie Clark [a famous conformation judge],
who gave me one of my first Norfolk, summed them up this
way The reason Norfolk have drop ears is so that they
don't have to hear you when you call them ... and that
just about says it all! I have had both for more years
than I care to count and think the Norfolk is the more
"TERRIER" of the two breeds - more independent, stubborn
to a fault and very affectionate without being clingy.
Norwich want to be with you EVERY second, even when you go
to the bathroom and are much more "needy" than the 'folks.
Besides Norfolk terriers, what other breeds are similar to Norwich
The Scottish terrier, the Cairn terrier, and the West
Highland White terrier are the breeds genetically
closest to the Norwich and Norfolk terriers.
The AKC website has a nice article discussing the differences
between a Norwich terrier and a Cairn terrier.
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