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Sensible advice for raising your Norwich Terrier puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Norwich Terriers, the best dog food diet for feeding Norwich Terrier puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Norwich Terrier dog breed

Norwich Terrier Health Problems and Raising a Norwich Terrier Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Norwich Terriers:

The Norwich Terrier Club conducted a health survey that included over 1000 dogs. They report that the typical Norwich male lives 11-12 years, while the typical Norwich female lives 12-13 years.

The most common health problem is allergies, which cause itchy skin and can lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

Epilepsy is a serious concern in the Norwich Terrier, and heart disease (mitral valve disease) is occurring more frequently.

Cataracts can appear at 6-30 months old and usually progress to blindness. Tear duct disorders occur regularly in the breed.

Orthopedic diseases are surprisingly high for such a small dog – these include luxating patella (loose knees) and hip dysplasia. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 207 Norfolks and found 14.5% dysplastic, which is very high for a small dog. The true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation. Compare this to the Australian Terrier's hip dysplasia rate of only 2%.

Other health issues reported in Norwich Terriers include collapsing trachea, urinary stones, hypothyroidism, and liver shunt.

There is a rare inherited condition called Norwich Cramp that can resemble a mild seizure, but is actually caused by an abnormal build-up of lactic acid in the muscles. Supplementing with Vitamin E and selenium can reduce or eliminate these cramping spells.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Norwich Terrier?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Norwich Terriers today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Norwich Terrier puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Norwich Terrier puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Norwich Terrier puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Norwich Terrier lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Norwich Terrier
The best diet for feeding your Norwich Terrier is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Norwich Terrier. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Norwich Terrier
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Norwich Terrier. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Norwich Terrier puppy really need? Does your adult Norwich Terrier need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Norwich Terrier. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Norwich Terrier. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Norwich Terrier.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.