The Norwich is a small, short-legged terrier with a harsh, wiry coat and pointed prick ears. The body is sturdy and stocky, approximately the same height at the withers as length from withers to base of tail. The topline is level. The skull is wide and somewhat rounded. The stop is well-defined, and the muzzle tapers in a wedge shape. The small, oval eyes are dark. The large teeth should meet in a scissors bite. The tail is docked, but should be left long enough to grab comfortably, because a working Norwich sometimes needs to be pulled out of burrows from the rear. The feet are rounded, and have thick pads. The weather-resistant double coat comes in many shades of wheaten, red, black and tan, and grizzle. White markings are not desirable. Longer hair on the neck and chest forms a mane.
The Norwich and Norfolk Terriers started out as one breed, but were officially separated in England in 1964. The AKC followed suit in 1979. The Norwich has erect ears, and the Norfolk has dropped ears. The breeds were originally developed in England as small ratting dogs. Later they were used to bolt foxes that had gone to ground during a fox hunt, so the horses and hounds could resume the chase. This small terrier could get in and out of narrow burrows quite easily. As they were bred to hunt in packs, the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers tend to be more sociable than many other terriers. Today the Norwich Terrier serves primarily as a companion dog, but he can still catch vermin.
Happy and affectionate. Playful and outgoing. Very brave and loyal. Adaptable and sporting; they make great companions. Good with other domestic animals, though still an enemy to rats. Easily trained, but needs consistent rules to follow. Socialize well with other breeds as a young puppy.