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Norwich Terrier Temperament,

Norwich Terrier Information and Breed Notes

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The Norwich Terrier Temperament is Alert,Good Natured,Tenacious,Lively and Bold.

It was one of Rag's sons who decided that the quiet village life was not for him and came to America in the early 1920's; he proved to be such a worthy ambassador for his breed that they grew greatly in popularity and are often still known in America as the "Jones Terrier" after the original owner who first brought this pleasing little fellow over.

The breed was first recognized as separate from the Norfolk Terrier in 1964, the main difference being that Norwich's have prick ears whilst Norfolk's have folded ears.

Norwich Terrier Temperament

 Norwich Terriers have all the usual terrier attributes you would expect from this group; being happy, enthusiastic, intelligent and fearless, yet do not suffer from many other traits that Terriers get marked down for.

They do not suffer from the inate nervousness of many small terriers and thus do not tend towards yappiness, they are friendly without being jealous and can be left alone for periods with out resorting to destructive behaviour.

They enjoy companionship and make an excellent pal for another dog and many will quite happily live alongside cats, though do not expect him to get along with "Mr Squeeky" your pet mouse.

Despite the pros there is always a down side, these guys love the outdoors and retain a strong prey drive so cannot be relied upon off leash to behave themselves,they can also be difficult to housebreak

Description: The Norwich has a tight lipped mouth with a clean jaw-line and strong, largish teeth. Short erect ears pointed up and set well apart on top of the head and with expressive eyes which are small dark and keen.

They have a hard wiry coat which lies close to the body and a thick undercoat with a ruff forming round the neck framing the face.

They tend to be all shades of red or wheaten with tan or grizzle, though white patches are considered undesirable for breed purists.

Upkeep: This is a fairly low maintenance breed with some light brushing or combing carried out every week, they are light shedders. Considered to be a suitable dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Children:  The Norwich Terrier’s temperament makes for a great playmate for older or well behaved children who can respect the dog's intelligence and independence.If this isn't what you had in mind, are lots of other great dog breeds that are good with children.

Other Animals: Good with other dogs though not great with other animals, retains a strong urge to chase and hunt smaller critters. Good socialisation, firm control and being raised with animals will help greatly to curb those instincts.

Protection level: Will bark,makes a great watchdog.

Norwich Terriers share a virtually identical heritage to their close cousins the Norfolk Terrier in that a dog named "Rags" circa 1900 came to a stable somewhere near Norwich and garnered great repute as a champion ratter.

Rags was also supremely virile and so charming towards the local lady dogs that it wasn’t long before he had sired countless offspring. I daresay there was hardly a rat within twenty miles of Norwich after Rags and his progeny had finished with them. Rags subsequently went on to become the first patriarch of the breed.

Norwich TerrierHealth: Generally a very healthy with few congenital defects, there may be some concerns regards patella luxation, seizures or allergies. Finding  a reputable breeder and ensuring adequate pet insurance will of course always bring extra peace of mind regards the well being of your furry friend.

Exercise: Moderate exercise needs, being terriers and energetic to boot they will make their own exercise with minimal destruction with just light supervision from their owner, however this is not to say he wont greatly appreciate a good walk and lots of play such as tug of war games.

Ideal Norwich Terrier Owners Are..

Active and easy going, who can provide lots of play and exercise for this good natured and exuberant little dog As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle.  For more information, why not visit this breeds national club or learn more about different  types of small dog breeds.

Comparable Breeds

Norfolk Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Cairn Terrier

Norwich Terrier

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How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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