The Norwich Terrier, also known as the Trumpington Terrier, Cantab Terrier, Jones Terrier, Prick-Eared Norwich Terrier and the Norwich, is one of the smallest of all working terrier breeds. Farmers, hunters and families alike value the Norwich’s gameness, loyalty, adaptability and great charm. Norwich Terriers were bred to hunt in packs or alone as ratters. They go to ground readily to seek and bolt their prey. Today, the Norwich remains more sociable and agreeable than many terrier breeds, although it retains its feistiness and “full of itself” attitude. Norwich Terriers make gregarious, happy-go-lucky companions for adults, children and other domestic animals, although they can be bossy. Norwich Terriers also tend to be “barky,” love to dig and can be difficult to housebreak.
Adult male Norwich Terriers should not exceed 10 inches at the withers, with bitches tending to be slightly smaller. The mature Norwich typically weighs about 12 pounds in fit working condition. Their coat is hard, wiry and straight, lying close to the body with a definite undercoat. It normally is 1½ to 2 inches in length and comes in all shades of red, wheaten, black-and-tan and grizzle. Dark points are permissible under the American breed standard, but white markings are undesirable. The Norwich’s coat requires regular brushing and should be hand-stripped several times a year. Their ears should be medium in size and held erect, with pointed tips. The tail is typically docked to a medium length, but many owners increasingly prefer to keep it natural.