The Norwich Terrier is one of the smallest working terriers but packs plenty of substance and work ethic into their compact frame. They were developed in East Anglia, England as ratters but their terrier tenacity was also employed in flushing fox and other vermin from their dens. Their prick ears distinguish them from the drop-eared Norfolk Terrier and they were once considered different variations of the same breed. They are dauntless and devoted companions and that generally enjoy the company of other animals as well as their human family. Their small size and adaptability make them suitable for a variety of living situations, rural or urban. They have strong hunting instincts so should be exercised on a leash or in a fenced area. Their wiry terrier coat requires regular brushing and stripping to maintain its health and handsome appearance.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health and care requirements and by assuring that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed, join the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission.
The national parent breed club is the first place for the public to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.