The Norwich Terrier, also known as the Jones Terrier, is a small dog that is full of energy. He was originally bred to hunt rats, but eventually was given the job of chasing foxes out of their dens which is quite the spectacle given their diminutive stature.
Even today, the Norwich Terrier is still used to chase vermin and foxes. The Norwich Terrier is not a breed that can sit around all day; they love to work, and owners should give them a job to do or else they will find have to find new ways to expend their energy at home.
Families that cannot handle the high energy levels of the Norwich Terrier may not be suited to having one in their home, as they will bolt through gates and doors to chase squirrels or other creatures. With that said, Norwich Terriers are highly loyal and protective, and that makes them excellent watchdogs if you think something is snooping around at night.
Body: Short-legged, sturdy, compact, stocky, well-boned, and well-muscled with a level back, well-sprung ribs, and wide chest.
Coat: Hard, wiry, straight, and water resistant with a thick undercoat.
Color: Red, wheaten, black, tan, or grizzle.
Ears: V-shaped, wide set, slightly rounded at the tips, and carried erect.
Eyes: Small, almond-shaped, wide set, deep brown or black with black rims; expressively sharp and intelligent.
Feet: Small and round with dense pads and black nails.
Head: Fox-like with a broad, slightly rounded skull, well-defined stop, strong, wedge-shaped muzzle, and black nose.
Legs: Forelegs are short and straight; elbows held close to the ribs. Hindquarters are powerful and muscular with straight legs and well turned stifles.
Neck: Moderately long, and strong; smoothly blending into his well laid back shoulders.
Weight: 11 – 12 pounds
Height: 9 – 10 inches
Tail: Docked but left long enough to grasp.
- Recommended for experienced dog handlers
- Not easily housetrained
- Good with cats and other pets if raised with them
The Norwich Terrier is among the smallest of the terrier breeds. He is affectionate, bossy, assertive, loyal, alert, highly energetic, and loves children. He is a tiny dog with a vast amount of courage and a devilish personality.
AKC Standard says, “Norwich are hardy, happy-go-lucky, weatherproof companions. Though game on vermin, they are usually gregarious with children, adults, and other domestic animals.”
He is a spirited dog with a strong connection to family. He needs human companionship and should not be left alone for extended periods of time or he will become bored and possibly destructive. He is loyal to his owner and demands the same in return. Be sure to include him in all of your family activities or he will be hurt and will find a way to let you know of his disapproval.
Early obedience training and socialization are important to the development of his temperament. He is independently-minded and sensitive requiring an experienced handler who is patient, firm, and respectful in his approach. Use lots of praise, gentle correction, and treats to reward him for a job well done.