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

"Find similarities and differences between Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier" Compare Jack Russell Terrier and Norwich Terrier. Which is better: Jack Russell Terrier or Norwich Terrier or Norfolk Terrier?
Name Jack Russell Terrier Norwich Terrier Norfolk Terrier
OriginsEngland United Kingdom United Kingdom
Group Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank78105128
Reviews210
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Other Names Russell Terrier, JRT, Jack Trumpington Terrier, Cantab Terrier, Jones Terrier, Prick-Eared Norwich Terrier Drop-Eared Norwich Terrier
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2012 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1936 as a Terrier breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group 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. 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 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 Irish Kennel Club Club Espanol De Terriers Jack Russell Terrier Club Of America No set No set
Price $700-$1000 $1400-$2000 $2000-$2500

General Appearance - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Size Small Small Small
Weight 11-18 pounds (5-8 kg) 10-12 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg) 10-12 pounds (4½-5½ kg)
Avg. Weight 14.5 pounds (6.5 kg) 11 pounds (4.5-5.5 kg) 11 pounds (5 kg)
Height 8-15 inches (20-38 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)
Avg. Height 11.5 inches (29 cm) 10 inches (25 cm) 10 inches (25 cm)

Hair & Care - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Coat Rough Wiry Soft Wiry Shaggy
Colors Tan White Black Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black Tan Red Grizzle Wheaten Black
Grooming
Easy to groom: The Jack Russell Terrier doesn't require a lot of grooming.
Average: The Norwich Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Norfolk Terrier requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
Jack Russell Terriers are heavy shedders.
Norwich Terriers shed none to minimal.
Norfolk Terriers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Temperament Alert Courageous Independent Cheerful Energetic Stubborn Affectionate Sensitive Energetic Intelligent Companionable Happy Selfish Confidence Intelligent Fearless Lovable Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: Jack Russell Terrier is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Norwich Terrier's has great intelligence.
Low to average: This canine intelligence is not the brightest one.
Trainability
Jack Russell Terriers are quite easy to train.
Norwich Terriers are easy to train.
Norfolk Terriers are quite easy to train.
Playfulness
The Jack Russell Terrier is a highly playful breed.
The Norwich Terrier is a playful breed.
The Norfolk 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
Jack Russell Terriers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Norwich Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are highly affectionate dogs.
Social Needs
Jack Russell Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Norwich Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Norfolk Terriers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
High: The Jack Russell Terrier is a very vocal breed.
Average to high: The Norwich Terrier is a vocal breed.
Average to high: The Norfolk Terrier is a vocal breed.
Watchdog Ability
Jack Russell Terriers are good watchdogs.
Norwich Terriers are average watchdogs.
Norfolk Terriers are average watchdogs.
Territorial
Jack Russell Terriers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Norwich Terriers are average defenders.
Norfolk Terriers are average defenders.
Biting Potential Low
The Jack Russell Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norwich Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Norfolk Terrier has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Jack Russell Terriers have a higher 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.
Norfolk Terriers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the Jack Russell Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Norwich Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Norfolk Terrier is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
Jack Russell Terriers have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
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.
Norfolk Terriers don't have an impulse to catch or chase small animals.
Apartment Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
Jack Russell 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.
Norfolk Terriers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
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.
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 - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Stranger Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Norwich Terriers are average friendly towards strangers.
Norfolk Terriers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are average friendly dogs towards children.
Norwich Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Norwich Terriers are very dog-friendly dogs.
Norfolk Terriers are dog-friendly dogs.
Office Friendly No
Jack Russell Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norwich Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Norfolk Terrier is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers are commonly okay with elderly people.
Norwich Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Norfolk Terriers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Jack Russell Terriers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Norwich Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Norfolk Terriers are usually friendly towards other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Jack Russell 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.
No
Norfolk Terriers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used 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 Not really
This breed generally not used as a 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
Jack Russell Terrier breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Norwich Terrier breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Norfolk 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 - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk Terrier

Health Issues
The Jack Russell 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.
The Norfolk Terrier is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Deafness Glaucoma Legg-perthes Disease Lens Luxation Patellar Luxation No set No set
Life Expectancy 13-16 years 12-15 years 12-15 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Jack Russell Terriers are high energy dogs.
Norwich Terriers are high energy dogs.
Norfolk Terriers have a higher energy level than other dog breeds.
Exercise Need
Jack Russell Terriers need a lot of exercises.
Norwich Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Norfolk Terriers need quite a lot of exercise.
Sleeping Need
Jack Russell Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Norwich Terriers don't need too much sleep.
Norfolk Terriers are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping.
Avg. daily food consumption 1/4 to 1 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. 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 Norwich Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
High: The Norfolk Terrier breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to warm weather conditions 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.
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.
Stinkiness Medium
The Jack Russell Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norwich Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Medium
The Norfolk Terrier has an average chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Jack Russell Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norwich Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Norfolk Terrier is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Jack Russell Terrier vs Norwich Terrier vs Norfolk 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 4-8 puppies 1-3 puppies 2-5 puppies

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