Like many breeds in the Terrier family, the Norwich Terrier was originally bred for the purpose of hunting rats and other vermin. As was their effectiveness at seeking out target animals, some were even used to lure foxes from their dens. Nowadays, these dogs primarily serve as companions, however if there are rats about, you can rest assured that there won’t be for long! One of the slightest of the terriers, these dogs are an increasingly rare breed, mainly due to the small size of their litters. Caesarians are also commonly required during birth, further compounding this issue.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Due to their size, Norwich Terriers are ideal for apartment dwellers. They do however require regular exercise, and so at least one 30 minute walk per day is encouraged. It is important to remember that these dogs are hunters at heart and still exhibit a very strong prey drive, and so should be kept fastened securely to their leash at all times when in public. Like most breeds in the Terrier family, Norwich Terriers are not particularly suitable for families with young children. These dogs don't tolerate being teased very well, and so can pose a safety risk to kids if their patience is tested.
Common Health Issues
Tracheal Collapse, Elongated Soft Palate, Epilepsy.