The Norwich Terrier is an active breed that can live in an apartment as long as she can look forward to frequent walks. A properly fenced in yard would be ideal for exercise but she is a digger and will take off once loose, for adventures. They generally do well with other pets and love considerate children and their toys. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.
*Approximate Adult Size. The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Norwich Terrier is about 10 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 10 to 12 pounds.Norwich_Terrier_Club_Flier
*Special Health Considerations. Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Norwich Terrier is no exception. Although considered a hardy and long lived breed, be on the look out for genetic eye disease, back problems and dry skin if kept indoors.
This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.
She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.
*Grooming. The Norwich Terrier has a wiry, straight, hard, medium length, close to the body coat with an undercoat that sheds lightly. She should be brushed regularly. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat, avoid mats and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.
Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.
Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet.
*Life Span. The Norwich Terrier can live between 12 and 14 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.
*History. The Norwich Terrier comes from England where it was a ratter and farm dog. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1936.