Norwich TerrierCare

The thick, weatherproof coat requires lots of brushing and occasional trips to the groomer.

Fearless and loyal, the Norwich Terrier does well with other animals and families. They are known for their ability to adapt to different situations, making the breed ideal for either the city or country lifestyle. Because a Norwich has strong hunting instincts and typical terrier curiosity, most breeders and owners recommend that the breed be exercised in a fenced area or on leash. The wiry coat requires regular grooming, including brushing and stripping.

nutrition &FEEDING

Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Norwich Terriers is a small breed and has a lifespan of 12 to 14 years.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.


A proper Norwich coat is weather protective and rarely needs bathing. Norwich grooming takes a special technique referred to as “stripping”, a process of pulling out entire hairs. This generally requires an experienced professional, but it can be learned by dedicated pet owners. Nails need to be regularly trimmed with a nail clipper or a grinder.

coat length Medium
grooming Weekly Grooming

energy &EXERCISE

Norwich are active by nature. To keep them in healthy condition a Norwich should be taken for daily walks on leash. Norwich enjoy other dogs and free play in an enclosed and safe area. However, care must be taken that larger breeds of dogs do not injure a small Norwich. Norwich terriers are smart willing companions and can excel in a variety of canine activities.

energy level Lots of Exercise

Norwich Terrier &HEALTH

Norwich are a hardy breed that with good health care can be expected to live between 12 and 14 years. The health issues the parent club advises breeders to test for are hip dysplasia, luxating patellae, and eye disease. The most universal health issue in the breed is Upper Airway Syndrome (UAS). UAS is not completely understood in Norwich Terriers, however, upper airway abnormalities can be identified by symptoms such as loud or raspy breathing or exercise intolerance.

A problem common to small terriers and toy breeds is dental issues; daily brushing is advised. Norwich are small dogs who like to eat like big dogs. Food should be carefully measured and rationed to avoid obesity. Norwich are particularly good jumpers and can jump up on furniture. Care must be taken to guard against giant leaps off of high places particularly when Norwich are immature. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock and breed to improve breed health. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock and breed to improve breed health.