Norwich Terriers

These little dogs have a lot of spunk! Find out why this adorable and courageous pup makes a perfect family pet.   

Weighing in at an average of ten pounds, the Norwich may be the smallest of the terrier family, but it’s no lapdog. Whether they’re romping around the house or chasing after a squirrel, these feisty and robust little dogs are terriers through and through.

The Norwich Terrier is nearly identical to Norfolk Terrier in both looks and name, but don’t be fooled! There is one difference between the two — the Norfolk’s ears flop over, while the Norwich’s ears are pricked. Originally bred in England to kill stable vermin, it’s no surprise these pups love a good game of chase! The Norwich Terrier is a fiery and independent little dog, and these energetic pups are always up to play with you. Energetic, affectionate and great with kids, the Norwich Terrier makes an excellent companion and will always want in on the next family adventure.  

Why We Love the Norwich Terrier Breed

  • If you like the temperament of a larger dog but live in a smaller home, this breed is your perfect match. The Norwich Terrier has all of the lovable traits of a rambunctious terrier packed into a toy-sized package, and adapts well to apartment living if given frequent exercise.
  • Norwich Terrier dogs are generally welcoming and happy to greet family and guests at the door!
  • Norwich Terriers are extremely clever and independent! These smart dogs have a lot of personality, so it’s important to train them from an early age so that they don’t run the show.
  • These dogs may be independent, but they’re far from aloof. Norwich Terriers love their owners and enjoy attention, making them a great companion dog.

Things to Consider

  • These typical terriers are prey-driven, meaning they’re likely to mistake small pets for prey. The Norwich Terrier should be kept separated from guinea pigs, hamsters and the like.
  • Their coats may not be long, but the Norwich Terrier’s wiry fur requires regular grooming and “stripping,” a technique that can be done at home or by a groomer.
  • An active owner is best for the spunky Norwich. At minimum, these dogs require a brisk daily walk to keep their energy and destructive behaviors in check.
  • These rare dogs come at a high price, often $2,500 or more. Thankfully, rescuing is a great solution. Not only does it reduce the cost of adoption, it also helps find a loving home for a pup in need.

Why Rescue?

Because of its small size, the Norwich Terrier is one of the only breeds in the world that relies on C-section to give birth. Furthermore, the litter size is very small, as Norwich Terriers can often carry only one or two pups at a time. That makes the Norwich Terrier a very rare breed with a high price tag. These dogs are cherished by their families, but sometimes unforeseen circumstances force owners to give up their pets for adoption. This is the most common reason that Norwich Terriers end up abandoned or in shelters. When you adopt a Norwich Terrier rescue, not only does it lower the price of adoption, it also gives one of these lovable dogs a stable and happy home. 

Norwich Terrier Rescues 

If this spunky pup is a perfect match for you, there are plenty of Norwich Terrier puppies and adults who are in need of a home. Here are just a few:

Energetic, loving & full of moxie
Avg. Weight
10 - 12 lbs
Frequent grooming required
Avg. Life Span
12 - 16 Years
Norwich Terriers near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA
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