Learn about the temperament and personality of the Norwich Terrier. Discover what he's like to live with, his traits and characteristics and how he generally behaves. And look at lots of Norwich Terrier photos.
Norwich Terriers have the terrier spirit without the quarrelsome nature. These tiny terriers are energetic, happy, feisty, wonderfully affectionate, remarkably intelligent, adaptable, fearless and loyal. They are people-oriented and want to be underfoot. They want to please you and are highly trainable. They are fast to housetrain. They enjoy earthdog, agility, and obedience work, but they are usually game for anything. They will look to their master to provide and enforce the house rules, or they will try to rule the roost. They can be independent minded, and will take after a squirrel or rabbit if given a chance. For this reason, they need to be kept on lead or in a fenced area. They like to escape out through open screen doors, and they are not car smart! They do well with other pets except for those they might see as prey: gerbils, birds, or mice. They are not yappy dogs, but they will bark to let you know that someone is at the door, or that someone is walking by. They love children, but young children need to be supervised around the Norwich. This is a small dog, and a toddler could accidentally hurt him. They have moderate exercise needs and enjoy a daily walk. They thrive on an active life. They will dig if they don't get enough exercise or attention. You probably won't be able to resist those irresistible pointy little ears, and will give this dog all the attention he craves.
Norwich Terrier Training
The Norwich Terrier is intelligent and quite easy to train. He learns new commands quickly at an above average rate.
Norwich Terrier Shedding
The Norwich Terrier sheds practically no hair at all. You'll virtually never find a hair in your home!
Norwich Terrier Grooming
Pet coat (less work): Cut his coat short every few months and then it only needs to be brushed every so often.
Show coat (more work): Strip his coat every six months and brush it daily.
Tells you how easy or difficult a breed is to train.
A higher rating means the breed is easier to train, a lower rating means the breed is harder to train.
An easy to train breed require less time and patience to train.
Tells you how intelligent a breed is in terms of how quickly it can learn commands from humans. A higher rating means the breed will learn your commands faster (and is therefore generally considered to be more intelligent), while a lower rating means the breed will learn your commands more slowly (and is therefore generally considered to be less intelligent).
Keep in mind that this is only one way to measure a dog's intelligence and a low rating might still mean the breed is highly intelligent in other ways.
Tells you how much hair the breed sheds. The higher the rating the more hair the breed sheds.
Tells you how good the breed is at being a watchdog and raising the alarm when a stranger approaches. A higher rating means the breed will bark vigorously to warn you of a stranger's presence on your property. A low rating means the breed probably won't bark much if a stranger enters your property.
Rating: Guard dog
Tells you how good the breed is at being a guard dog due to the appearance, size, and strength of the breed. A breed with a high guard dog rating will make an intruder think twice before stepping foot on your property.
Tells you how popular the breed is in terms of ownership. A higher rating means that more people own the breed. The more popular a breed is the easier it is to find and purchase one because there are more breeders breeding it.
Tells you how large or small the breed is. A lower rating means the breed is smaller and a higher rating means the breed is larger. It gives you a quick idea of how physically large or small the breed is compared with all the other breeds.
Tells you how agile the breed is. A higher rating means the breed is fast and nimble on its feet while a lower rating means the breed is heavier and slower on its feet.
Rating: Good with kids
Tells you how good the breed is with children. A higher rating means the breed is good with children. Note: all breeds are generally good with kids when they're raised with them.