Dog Breed Travel Profile: Norwich Terrier

The Norwich Terrier is great for anyone who wants an outgoing travel companion who will enjoy long walks, games of fetch, as well as lap time. With its frame, coat, and temperament, this toy-sized dog breed should have no trouble joining you on any number of adventures. This is a fearless little dog that likes to pretend it belongs with the bigger dogs. As cute as they are down-to-earth, you’ll be sure to fall in love with this breed.


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Size and Travel Options

This breed usually stands at 10 inches tall and weighs about 12 pounds. This should make your pet just about the perfect size for traveling in the cabin of a plane, though it is important to be mindful of overeating and obesity. We also strongly recommend a soft-sided travel carrier, both to maximize the travel space for your pet but also because of the Norwich Terrier’s stocky frame. Curious and alert, but also very laid-back, you shouldn’t have much, if any, trouble with the dog’s anxiety or extended fits of yapping. This is also a hypoallergenic breed. On planes, trains, automobiles, there are few types of pet-friendly transportation for which the Norwich Terrier is not suited.

Personality as a Travel Companion

Whether on walks or playing games, this dog likes a good amount of exercise. They’re also good at performing tricks. While they’re okay with unfamiliar situations and being on their own for short periods, they do crave fairly constant love and attention. Business travelers may need to pay for doggy daycare if they plan on traveling with their Norwich on long trips with a full business meeting schedule.

This breed originated from the Rat Terrier and retains a strong prey drive. This is great for hotel-bound business travelers who may be wary of rodents and bugs, not to mention general household pest control. On the downside, it’s important to keep a Norwich leashed or otherwise secure when on excursions in public. When traveling for the holidays, you’ll also want to make sure the dog is separated from your niece’s and nephew’s pet birds, hamsters, and reptiles.

This terrier has a double coat of fur that helps keep it both warm and cool as needed. However, to look and function properly, twice a year, this coat needs a specific kind of grooming known as hand-stripping to encourage new hair to grow in. To give themselves a break from pet care and to keep their dog looking its best, many owners will hire a professional to periodically groom their dog.

Health and Longevity

Along with health concerns common to most breeds, such as hip dysplasia and eye disease, the Norwich Terrier can be susceptible to epilepsy and upper airway syndrome. Nevertheless, this is still a generally healthy breed. Plus, with a hearty animal built on a sturdy frame, the life expectancy of this breed is about 12-15 years.

Norwich Terrier Breeders and Adoption Centers

A popular breed, you can find these dogs at adoption centers as well as from reputable breeders. Very similar to the Norfolk Terrier, the biggest difference with the Norwich breed is the upward-pointing, prick ears. (The Norfolk has drop ears.) Until the late 1970s, these were considered the same breed. Regardless, a breeder can help you find a healthy, adorable Norwich Terrier that’s perfect to serve as your next pet travel companion.

To cover care and supplies, the typical cost from an adoption center is $300. From a reputable breeder, the cost for a healthy puppy with strong pedigree might be anywhere from $1,000-$4,000, but most often, the price falls somewhere between $1,250-$2,000.