The Norwich Terrier originated as a ratter on farms but moved up in the world to bolt foxes from their dens during hunts.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Norwich Terrier.
The Norwich and Norfolk terriers share a common background, originating in the Eastern Counties of Britain. Yorkshire and Irish terriers were used during breed development. They were classified as one breed until the mid 1960s in England, when they were split into two breeds based on ear carriage. The AKC split them into two breeds also in 1979. The Norfolk has folded ears, the Norwich prick ears.
2) Norfolk Terrier
It wasn't until 1965 in England that the Norwich and Norfolk Terriers were separated into two distinct breeds. It took another 10 years for the American Kennel Club to do the same. Up until that moment, the two were simply viewed as variations of the same breed, with ear carriage being the only distinguishing characteristic.
3) Docking Tail
Many Norwich Terrier owners believe that docking the Norwich tail should be required for dogs to enter the show ring. Docking is a necessity, according to these individuals, for pulling a Norwich out of the hiding places of small animals without risking injury to the dog's spine. Hunting small vermin is what the breed was created for, and therefore tail docking is part of the breed's tradition.
Norwich terriers are active, intelligent dogs. They do not make good kennel dogs; they prefer being with their guardians and characteristically are interested in everything their guardians do. Typical terriers, they are energetic and capable of much mischief, needing plenty of things to do or they will find something. They tend to be stubborn. They excel in earth dog and agility trials.
The Norwich coat is short, harsh, wiry and straight. The breed has a definite undercoat. This dog sheds twice a year and requires brushing and combing twice a week. The color can be red, wheaten, black and tan, black and gray, or red and white mixed in a grizzled pattern.
6) Sitting and Laying
Because the legs of Norwich Terriers are short and stocky, they usually sit with their feet straight out. The way they lie down is also characteristic; they'll lie flat on their stomachs with their feet sticking straight out to the side or behind them.
7) The Smallest Terrier
The Norwich terrier is one of the smallest of the working terriers, weighing 11 to 12 pounds. The height is ideally 10 inches at the shoulder. The body is long and the head is fox-like. A Norwich generally matures at one year, with full size attained between 6 and 8 months.
8) Strange Animals
Norwich Terriers are often more tolerant toward other dogs and cats than many other terriers are. Especially dogs and cats who belong to their own family. However, many Norwich Terriers are dominant or aggressive toward strange dogs and have strong instincts to chase and seize small fleeing creatures.
9) Living With
The Norwich Terrier is ideal for a guardian who wants a small, active dog who does not require a large yard and can be contented with frequent walks, games of fetch, and other activities. They do not do well left alone for long periods.
Terriers are often too quick to sound the alarm at every new sight and sound. You have to be equally quick to stop them. This means you must establish the right relationship between your Norwich Terrier and yourself, where you are the leader and he is the follower.