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Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier" Compare Poodle and Norfolk Terrier. Which is better: Poodle or Norfolk Terrier or Norwich Terrier?
Name Poodle Norfolk Terrier Norwich Terrier
OriginsGermany France United Kingdom United Kingdom
Group Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank7128105
Reviews700
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Other Names French Poodle, Caniche, Barbone, Chien Canne, Grosse Pudel Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier Trumpington Terrier, Cantab Terrier, Jones Terrier, Prick-Eared Norwich Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1887 as a Non-Sporting & Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Poodle section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section. Recognized by FCI in the Terriers group, in the Small sized Terriers section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry No set No set
Price $1000-$1500 $2000-$2500 $1400-$2000

General Appearance - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Size Medium Small Small
Weight Male: 45-70 pounds (20-32 kg), Female: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg) 10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg) 10-12 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 57.5 pounds (26 kg), Female: 52.5 pounds (23.5 kg) 11 pounds (5 kg) 11 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg)
Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more 10 inches (25 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)
Avg. Height 15 inches (38 cm) or more 10 inches (25 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Coat Curly Wiry Shaggy Wiry Soft
Colors Apricot Brown Gray Silver White Fawn Blue Cream Red Beige Black Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black
Grooming
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Norwich Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Poodles shed none to minimal.
Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.
Norwich Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Temperament Active Faithful Intelligent Alert Instinctual Trainable Companionable Happy Selfish Confidence Intelligent Fearless Lovable Spirited Affectionate Sensitive Energetic Intelligent
Intelligent Rank
Outstanding: Poodle is one of the brightest dog breeds.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Smart: Norwich Terrier's has great intelligence.
Trainability
Poodles are easy to train.
Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train.
Norwich Terriers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Poodle is a playful breed.
The Norfolk Terrier is a playful breed.
The Norwich Terrier is a playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Poodles are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Norwich Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Poodles need a lot of social interaction.
Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Norwich Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average to high: The Poodle is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Norwich Terrier is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Poodles are good watchdogs.
Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs.
Norwich Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Poodles strongly protect their territory.
Norfolk Terriers are average defenders.
Norwich Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Poodle has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norwich Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Poodles have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Norwich Terriers have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Poodles have average wanderlust potential.
Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Norwich Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Poodles have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Norfolk Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Norwich Terriers have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Apartment Friendly
Poodles are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Poodles adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Norwich Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Poodles tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Poodles are stranger friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Poodles are very kid-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Poodles are cat-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Poodles are dog-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Poodle is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norwich Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Poodles are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norwich Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Poodles are usually friendly towards other pets.
Norfolk Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Norwich Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Poodles are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Norwich Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Yes
Poodle breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Norfolk Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norwich Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Health Issues
The Poodle is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Norwich Terriers tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
Health Problems Addison's Disease Allergies Bloat Canine Atrial Septal Defect (asd) Cataracts Cushing's Syndrome Ear Infections Epilepsy Hip Dysplasia Hypothyroidism Legg-perthes Disease Neonatal Encephalopathy (news) Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Patellar Luxation Premature Graying Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Runny Eyes Sebaceous Adenitis Von Willebrand's Disease No set No set
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic Yes Yes Yes
Energy Level
Poodles have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Norwich Terriers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Poodles need quite a lot of exercise.
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Norwich Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Poodles are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Norwich Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1/4 to 1/2 cup of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
Average to High.
High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Norwich Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Norfolk Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Norwich Terrier can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Poodle has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norwich Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Poodle is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norwich Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Poodle vs Norfolk Terrier vs Norwich Terrier

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-4 puppies 2-5 puppies 1-3 puppies

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