How Much Do Norwich Terrier Puppies Cost?

Last Updated on February 7, 2024
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

The Norwich Terrier originates from eastern England and was bred to hunt small vermin and rodents. Their popularity arose when they were used in the 1800s to hunt rats in clothing mills and barns. Today, they are primarily companion pets appreciated for their compact size, alert nature, and loyalty.

How Much Do Norwich Terrier Puppies Cost?

The price of a Norwich Terrier puppy from a reputable breeder ranges from $1,500 to $2,500. Many factors affect the cost, including the puppy’s pedigree, lineage, and breeding rights.

PetBudget.com states that a Norwich Terrier puppy is likely to cost between $2,000 and $4,800, with the average price being $3,500. It also notes that first-year expenses are around $5,970, and the average cost of owning a Norwich Terrier through its lifetime is estimated to be $19,555​.

Dog Temperament reports that the price for a purebred Norwich Terrier varies from $1,500 to $4,000.

Though initially expensive, Norwich Terriers make wonderful family companions with their fun-loving and affectionate personalities. Understanding the expenses involved will help you budget for a Norwich Terrier puppy.

What Impacts the Price of Norwich Terrier Puppies

Several elements influence the cost of Norwich Terrier puppies:

Breeder Reputation and Lineage

Puppies from champion bloodlines or top breeders command higher prices – $2,000 to $3,500. These breeders invest greatly in their dogs, focusing on health and breed standards. They may compete in dog shows requiring extensive training and travel.

Pet quality from small hobby breeders ranges from $1,200 to $2,000. Though lacking pedigree, these puppies come from dogs bred for good temperament.

Show Quality vs. Family Pet

Show quality puppies meeting breed standards can cost $2,500 to $4,500. Their structure and appearance enable potential success in the show ring.

Puppies sold solely as family pets are less – $1,500 to $2,500. Minor flaws like slightly misaligned teeth or paler coat color reduce show potential.

Availability and Location

In areas like the Midwest with many breeders, prices remain lower. Scarce in some regions, Norwich Terriers cost more where fewer litters are born annually. Shipping also adds to the total cost.

Initial Expenses of Owning a Norwich Terrier Puppy

Cute Norwich TerrierBringing home a new puppy involves many first purchases:

  • Veterinary exams, vaccines, deworming – $300 to $500
  • Collar, leash, crate, carrier – $200 to $350
  • Puppy-proofing supplies – $100 to $200
  • Initial food, treats, toys – $150 to $250

Plan on an upfront investment of $750 to $1,300 to properly welcome a Norwich Terrier puppy.

Recurring Expenses of Owning a Norwich Terrier

Ongoing expenses for health, care, and other ownership costs add up for a Norwich Terrier:

  • Quality dog food – $500 to $600 annually
  • Preventive veterinary visits – $200 to $400 per year
  • Toys/treats – $150 to $200 yearly
  • Training classes – $100 to $200 for puppy and obedience
  • Grooming – $300 to $500 yearly
  • Pet insurance – $500 to $600 annually

Other cute dogs are the Jack Russel Terrier, the Pomeranian Boo, and the Yorkie Poo.

Annual costs after the first year range from $1,750 to $2,500. Proper socialization, exercise, and healthcare ensure a healthy, well-mannered Norwich Terrier.

Potential Hidden Costs of Owning a Norwich Terrier

Certain expenses may catch new owners off guard:

  • Medical emergencies – $500 to $5,000+ depending on the situation
  • Damage to furniture, and shoes – $500+ for problem chewers
  • Travel fees for boarding, pet sitting – $500 to $1,000
  • Special diets for allergies, and joint issues – $100+ monthly

Having an emergency fund prepares you for unplanned veterinary needs or other surprise costs. Pet insurance can offset major treatment bills.

Financial Planning for Your Norwich Terrier Puppy

Budgeting adequately for a Norwich Terrier puppy requires an honest assessment of the costs.

  • An initial investment of $2,500 to $3,500 covers the purchase price, supplies, vet care, and puppy-proofing.
  • Estimate $2,500+ in the first year for medical bills, supplies, food, training and grooming. Costs decrease after the first two years.
  • Pet insurance gives you financial protection against accidents, injuries and illnesses. Plans start at $30 to $60 monthly.

While a significant investment, the companionship and joy of a Norwich Terrier is priceless. Proper planning ensures you and your puppy get off on the right paw.

How rare are Norwich Terriers?

The Norwich Terrier is a relatively rare breed, ranking 95th in popularity according to the American Kennel Club. Only about 600 Norwich Terrier puppies are registered with the AKC each year.

Their scarcity is due to their specialized purpose as rodent hunters. While not as rare as some breeds, Norwich Terriers are uncommon compared to more popular family dogs. Their unique look and size make them a less common but delightful companion animal.

Are Norwich Terriers good pets?

Yes, the Norwich Terrier makes an excellent pet for the right owner. They are very active dogs that need regular exercise and mental stimulation. Their affectionate, playful nature makes them great with respectful children and families.

Norwich Terriers are adaptable but do best in homes with securely fenced yards where they can play and explore. Their small size allows them to thrive in apartments or homes without much space.

Norwich Terriers bond closely with their families and can be prone to separation anxiety. With proper socialization and training, they are lively, friendly members of the household.

How long does a Norwich Terrier live?

The average life expectancy for a healthy Norwich Terrier is 12 to 16 years. With attentive care, a Norwich can live happily into its late teens or early 20s.

Providing your Norwich Terrier with routine veterinary care, a nutritious diet, exercise and mental engagement will maximize its lifespan. Some health issues like mitral valve disease can shorten life expectancy without careful monitoring and treatment.

But, in general, Norwich Terriers are a hardy, resilient breed when properly cared for. With their longevity, Norwich Terriers offer many years of devoted companionship.

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