What are the differences between Norfolk and Norwich Terriers?


Norfolk and Norwich Terriers are two of the smallest terrier breeds, usually with caramel brown fur and robust little bodies. Both have become immensely popular breeds as they tend to be well behaved and easy to train. Both types of dogs have small litters, typically just two puppies at a time, so getting a puppy of any breed can be difficult and expensive. Owners respond that the expense and time spent on acquiring a puppy is well rewarded for having one.

Despite a similar appearance, Norfolk and Norwich Terriers have always been two distinct breeds, but until 1964, they were classified in the same group. In 1964, the United Kennel Club of Great Britain officially separated them into two breeds. This change would come much later in the US, where they were not officially reclassified until 1979. This later change can be partly attributed to the scarcity of both types of dogs in the US until a few years ago.

From a physical point of view, dogs have small differences. Perhaps the most obvious is the difference in the ears. Norwich Terriers have upright ears – straight and pointed which make them look a bit like foxes. Norfolk Terriers have floppy ears, featuring the classic soft ear fold. The Norwich may have a slightly stiffer coat, while the Norfolk have slightly larger feet and may weigh a little more for their size and appear a little more robust.

Also, the Norwich shoulder height is around 10 inches (25.4 cm), while the breed standard for the Norfolk is usually 10 to 12 inches (25.4 to 30.48 cm). Both dogs weigh between 4.5 to 5.4 kg (10 to 12 pounds). You will normally see Norfolk and Norwich Terriers with caramel fur, but any of the dogs can be red, black and tan or golden.

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Norfolk and Norwich Terrier breeders also suggest that dogs can have different personalities. Norfolk is more inclined to chase prey, which can mean that a dog not used to small cats could be a problem. They are said to be highly concentrated and some owners report that the Norfolk watch television regularly. While both breeds are good companions, Norwich Terriers tend to be more responsive to humans and more dependent on them. Norwich bark is a lower, harsher sound than Norfolk bark, which is a little louder and more like a small dog bark.

Unlike some of the other terrier dogs, these breeds are not prone to digging or chewing. None of them are subject to excessive barking. Both tend to get along very well with young children, although it’s best to make sure children don’t accidentally fall on the dog. Still, some breeders recommend not having terriers if you have young children. If you are thinking of raising Norfolk or Norwich terriers, Norfolk is much easier. Most Norwich terriers need to give birth to babies by cesarean section.

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