Norwich Terriers are active, alert, and intelligent dogs. As with other terriers, they are hunters with a keen sense of smell, which means they do well in earthdog trials. Norwich Terriers also like participating in dog sports such as agility, racing, lure coursing, tracking, flyball, Frisbee, musical freestyle, rally and standard obedience as sport which keeps them physically and mentally busy while strengthening their bonds to their families. Norwich Terriers have also been used as disability assistance and animal- assisted therapy dogs. Although Norwich Terriers seem to be good with children, as with all dogs, extremely close supervision is needed to prevent accidental injury to the dog and the possibility of its subsequently developing fear-based defensive aggression.
The Norwich Terrier was developed as a hunting breed by a British sportsman in the nineteenth century. The breed became very popular with Cambridge University students who kept them in their dorms. This popularity led to them becoming the official mascot of the University. Norwich Terriers were introduced to the United States after World War I. They were first accepted to the English Kennel Club in 1932 and the American Kennel Club in 1936, though they were recognized under the name "Norfolk Terrier" at the time. Later, in 1964, they were recognized independently as Norwich Terriers.