Norwich Terrier


Are Norwich Terriers Hypoallergenic?

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by Denise Leo. Post first published on February 19, 2022.

The Norwich Terrier is a breed of dog that is considered by many to be hypoallergenic. However, we’ll look more closely at this because not everybody agrees. Hypoallergenic means they do not produce the same amount of allergens as other dogs, which makes them more suitable as pets for people who are allergic to dogs.

The term “hypoallergenic” is used to describe substances or animals that do not cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive or allergic to them. The term “hypoallergenic” does not refer to the ability of an animal or substance to reduce the symptoms of allergies, but rather it refers to their ability to prevent allergies from developing in those who are sensitive or allergic.

Do Norwich Terriers Shed?

Norwich Terriers are a small, compact dog breed that has a double coat that is a medium shedder of dog hair and this can cause allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin.

Norwich Terrier
Norwich Terrier

What Makes a Dog Hypoallergenic?

A hypoallergenic dog breed is one that has been bred to produce little or no dander. The breed’s coat is usually wiry and sheds less than most other breeds.

There are many factors that make a dog hypoallergenic, including the breed, coat type, and shedding habits.

A dog is considered hypoallergenic if it does not shed hair or dander. This means that the dog will not cause an allergic reaction in people who are allergic to animal hair or dander.

There are many breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic, but there is no one breed that is universally accepted as being hypoallergenic.

There are many breeds of dogs that are considered hypoallergenic. These include the Poodle, Bichon Frise, Maltese, and the Havanese.

Why are Some People Allergic to Dogs?

Researchers have found out that dog allergies  are caused by a protein found in the dog’s saliva and skin cells. This protein is also present in the dog’s dander and is often spread throughout the house or on furniture.

Some people are allergic to dogs because they have a hypersensitive immune system. This means that their immune system is overactive and reacts to things that it shouldn’t. When this happens, the body releases histamine which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction.

The most common symptoms of an allergic reaction are:

– Sneezing

– Runny nose

– Itchy eyes

– Hives or rash

Why Norwich Terriers are the Perfect Dog for People with Allergies

One of the most common allergies in people is dog allergy. The good news is that there are breeds that are perfect for people with this allergy. One of these breeds is the Norwich Terrier.

Norwich Terriers have a medium shedding coat, which means it doesn’t shed too much dog hair and dander, which is what causes allergies in most humans. It also has a hypoallergenic coat which means it doesn’t have any fur or dander to cause an allergic reaction.

Norwich Terriers are a small breed of dog that is known for its medium, wiry coat. The hair on the head and ears is shorter than the rest of the body.

The Norwich terrier has a double coat that consists of an outer layer of coarse, straight hair and an undercoat that is soft and dense. The outer layer protects the dog from harsh weather conditions while the undercoat provides insulation to keep it warm during cold weather.

Norwich Terriers require to be brushed regularly to prevent matting and tangles from forming in its fur. It also needs to be trimmed every six months or so to maintain its shape and appearance.

The coat of a Norwich Terrier is typically short and smooth. The coat is usually black, but can also be brown, tan, or white. The hair is usually short but can grow to be longer if it is not trimmed regularly.

What is the Evidence that Norwich Terriers are Hypoallergenic Dogs?

Norwich Terriers have a double coat which means they shed dog hair less than other dogs because the undercoat is not as thick as the topcoat. The topcoat sheds more because it has to protect the undercoat from dirt and debris.

There doesn’t appear to be much in the way of scientific research to confirm that the Norfolk terrier is truly hypoallergenic, but many claim they are as close as any dog can come to this.

Norwich Terriers are is classed as a medium shedding dog breed and requires lots of grooming. It does not make claims this dog breed can be included in those considered hypoallergenic dog breed.

Also, on the American Kennel Club website,  Norfolk Terriers are described as requiring frequent grooming. There is also other useful information about this breed of dog that is so popular.

Are Norwich Terriers Hypoallergenic?
Are Norwich Terriers Hypoallergenic?

What is the History of the Norwich Terrier?

The Norwich Terrier is a small breed of dog that was originally bred in the 19th century for hunting. The dogs were bred by crossing the now extinct Black and Tan Terrier and the Norwich Terrier.

The Norwich Terrier is now primarily considered to be a companion dog, but they still make good hunting dogs as well as watchdogs.

The Norwich Terrier originally came from East Anglia in England and was used as a barnyard ratter. He’s among the smallest of working terriers. He flushed out foxes and other vermin from wherever they hid. He’s a great hunter as well as an ideal pet. There used to be two different ear styles but now he only has upright ears. He has strong hunting instincts so he needs to exercise in a fenced enclosure or on a leash to stop him running off in search of prey.

About the Norwich Terrier

His wiry coat is resistant to the weather and can be coloured grizzle, tan and black, wheaten or red. He can live in the city or country equally well as he’s highly adaptable. His coat needs to be groomed regularly, including stripping and brushing. His height is always less than 10 inches.

Norwich Terrier Hypoallergenic Conclusion

The Norwich terrier is one of the smallest terriers according to the American Kennel Club and as such, they shed less hair than larger dogs. The kind of hair they have and the lack of sudden seasonal shedding mean that they have less hair which drops off the dog and floats around the home. The Norwich terrier is more hypoallergenic than most other breeds but can never be totally hypoallergenic because shedding does occur if only at low levels.

It is not the hair that causes allergies in people but the dander, or dead skin cells which become trapped in the falling fur from dogs. Within these skin cells is a protein from the dog’s saliva which is the real culprit for the allergies that sensitive people have as a result of dog shedding. 

Any person who is concerned about a possible allergic reaction to this dog should first test spending time with one and make sure they do not suffer allergies before getting their own Norwich terrier.

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References and Further Reading:
American Kennel Club Norwich Terrier Information


  • Denise Leo

    My name is Denise Leo, and I hail from Australia. My journey with dogs, especially with the delightful Pomeranian breed, has been a lifelong passion extending over 50 years. I have had the honor of breeding and exhibiting close to 100 Pomeranian Champions, dedicating many years to the intricate art of dog training across various disciplines. Beyond the show ring, my experience stretches to the pastoral fields as both a Dairy Farmer and Beef Cattle Breeder, where working with dogs of all breeds has been an integral part of my daily life. This diverse exposure has deepened my understanding and appreciation for these incredible animals. I firmly believe that dogs are the most extraordinary beings in our universe, capable of offering us unconditional love that surpasses even their own self-interest. The countless wonderful dogs that have shared my life over the years have not only brought immense joy and companionship but have also profoundly enriched my existence in ways I could never have imagined. About us page