Norwich Terrier Characteristics
Feeding of Norwich Terrier is of two types and has to be properly and well balanced.
- Premium dry food
- Natural food
It is necessary to create a balanced diet and select the mineral and vitamin supplements necessary for the healthy functioning of the dog when you choose natural feeding. Consult your veterinarian he will pick up the complex of vitamins necessary for your Norwich Terrier according to his age, weight and state of health.
The main rule of a healthy diet: never mix two types of food in one feeding because it will cause gastrointestinal tract diseases. Natural food should be fresh and room temperature.
A portion should be eaten during 15 to 20 minutes. If Norwich Terrier refuses to eat, hide food in the refrigerator until the next feeding.
Feedings of Norwich Terrier:
- 1,5 -2 months -5 - 6 times a day
- 4 months -3 - 4 times per day
- 5 to 6 months - 3 times a day
- 8 months and adult dogs - 2 times a day
Healthy foods for Norwich Terrier:
- lean meat (beef, horsemeat, rabbit, bird boneless cooked or scalded with boiling water)
- boiled offal (heart, tripe, trimmings, small portions and seldom liver)
- vegetables (raw and cooked)
- seasonal fruits
- dairy products (low-fat cottage cheese, yogurt)
- sea fish without bones, cooked (1 - 2 times a week)
- boiled egg or raw egg yolk (2-3 times per week)
Dangerous foods for Norwich Terrier:
- fatty meat (pork)
- fried food
- sour cream
- tubular bird bones (chicken, duck, etc.)
- spicy food
- fresh bakery
- river fish (raw)
Norwich Terrier Health Problems
- Upper Airway Syndrome (UAS) is a complex respiratory condition that is quite variable in its presentation in the Norwich Terrier. Symptoms range from noisy breathing to severe distress, and even death if not treated. This condition affects the larynx, which is the structure that controls the amount of air that enters into the trachea and lungs. If the larynx is obstructed in any way, respiratory distress will ensue. The true prevalence of the condition is unknown because even dogs with no apparent symptoms may be affected.
- Neurologic Disorders encompass diseases of the brain, spine and the nerves that connect them. Structural, biochemical or electrical abnormalities can result in a range of symptoms including paralysis, muscle weakness or cramping/stiffness, poor coordination or movement disorders, confusion, altered levels of consciousness and seizures.
- Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) is a neurological disorder that is an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord causing progressive paralysis. DM is seen most frequently in the German shepherd dog, Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and Boxer, with onset typically after the age of 7 years. A gene has been identified that is associated with a major increase in risk of the disease. This gene has been reported in several Norwich Terriers, but has never been expressed (carrier, but not affected).
- Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal diseases seen in dogs. Malformation of the hip joint causes gradual deterioration, leading to loss of function. Symptoms depend on the degree of joint laxity, and in later disease are related to joint inflammation, degeneration and osteoarthritis. Symptoms include decreased activity or reluctance to run or climb stairs, bunny-hopping or swaying gait, and hind-limb lameness. Hip dysplasia is caused by both genetic and environmental factors.
- Epilepsy is the condition of recurrent seizures and has many causes including toxins, metabolic conditions and primary conditions such as a brain tumor. Idiopathic or common epilepsy refers to an unknown cause and is believed to have a genetic basis.
- Eye Disease only general. Norwich Terrier can have various eye diseases that may cause discomfort and vision loss or impairment. This breed not has specific predispositions to eye disease.
- Primary lens luxation (PLL) is a painful, genetic eye disorder that can lead to blindness, reported in more than 45 breeds and more common in terriers. It is a late-onset disease, typically presenting between 4 and 8 years of age. A DNA test is now available and breeders can test dogs to determine their PLL status (normal, carrier, affected) prior to breeding.
- Periodontal disease develops as plaque and tartar spread under the gum line, causing inflammation of the gum, and loss of bone and soft tissue around the teeth. Because Norwich Terrier are prone to develop plaque and tartar, diligent dental care is essential.
- Patellar Luxation is when the patellar (kneecap) pops out of its normal anatomic position in the groove of the femur. This can occur in one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) stifle joints. Patellar luxation may stem from a traumatic injury to the knee, causing sudden lameness, however, there is evidence that the condition is at least in part genetic. It is a common orthopedic condition in dogs, especially toy breeds.
- Reproductive Problems and Challenges. Breeding Norwich Terriers is not for the faint-hearted. Reproductive problems are common and include failure to conceive, resorption of puppies, difficult whelping and frequent need for caesarian section. Litter size averages 3 to 4 puppies and puppies sometimes require supportive intervention, such as tube-feeding a weak puppy, and neonate mortality is much too high.