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The Norwich Terrier is living proof that good things come in small packages. Although only 10 inches tall, there's a lot of dog in that small body. Bred as a fearless ratter, this is a real working terrier. But combine that with his affectionate, fun-loving nature, and he's also an ideal family companion. Longtime fans will recognize these characteristics of the breed.

1. No, he is not a Norfolk Terrier, and yes, they are two different breeds. Like the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the Norfolk Terrier and Norwich Terrier are almost identical, and most people have trouble telling them apart. While the Corgi is differentiated mostly by his tail or lack of one, the Norwich and Norfolk Terriers are differentiated by their ears. The Norfolk has drop ears, and the Norwich has prick ears, a distinguishing feature of the breed.

2. The Norwich Terrier is portable. He weighs in at 12 pounds; you can take him with you everywhere. He's adaptable, too, and is perfectly happy in the city or the country.

3. Wherever you live, he does need exercise. This is a busy, active breed that enjoys both mental and physical exercise. Walks are good, but free playtime in a fenced area is even better.

4. The Norwich Terrier needs human companionship. And with his jovial, affectionate, and loyal temperament, he's easy to love. He's also smart and trainable, responding well to food rewards. In fact, he may as well wear a sign saying, “will work for treats.” His intelligence and eagerness to learn help him excel in numerous dog sports, like agility, flyball, rally, and even freestyle dancing.

5. He's a well-kept secret. Or at least, he was for decades. Norwich Terriers were used as vermin hunters in East Anglia before becoming popular as a companion dog for students at Cambridge in the 1880s. They were brought to America after World War I and gained a following among horse lovers and fox hunters. It wasn't until much more recently, however, that the public at large became enamored with this high-energy, inquisitive dog.

All these traits make him an irresistible companion; small enough to live anywhere and so fun-loving that he brings joy wherever he lives.
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