Hybrid Breed

Maltese + Norwich Terrier


Origin and history of the Nortese

The Nortese is a cross between a Maltese and a Norwich Terrier, two time-honored and popular dog breeds. Their origins are unclear, similar to all mixed breeds, as these mixes are often created by accident.

Although the exact history of the Nortese is unknown, we can learn a lot about this charming mix from the stories of its parent breeds. The Norwich Terrier originated in Great Britain, where it was originally bred to hunt rodents. The Maltese, on the other hand, has a long history , dating back to ancient Greece, and is known for its excellent companionship.

Suitability and attitude

The Nortese's even-tempered personality and adaptability make him ideal for a wide variety of households, whether singles, couples, or families with children. He does well indoors, but also needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

Alternate Name -
Origin Malta - UK
Life expectancy 10 - 16 years
Care requirements high-maintenance - low-maintenance
Activity level low - average
FCI group not recognised
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

The Nortese: character and personality

The Nortese is a blend of the gentle Maltese and the charismatic Norwich Terrier. He is characterized by his lively and affectionate personality and is quick to make friends with anyone. The Nortese's positive, adaptable nature makes him an ideal pet for families, seniors and single people. His charming nature is complemented by the intelligence and companionship of the Maltese and the courageous and independent character of the Norwich Terrier.

The Nortese typically inherits the best traits of his parents. He is a lively, alert and friendly dog who gets along well with other animals and children. Like his Norwich ancestor, the Nortese is bold and has a strong hunting instinct, while inheriting a loving and affectionate nature from his Maltese parent.

Behavior and activities

Despite their independent nature, Norteses love company and attention. They are active and need regular physical and mental stimulation. A daily routine of play and exercise sessions is recommended to prevent boredom and behavior problems.

Care of the Nortese

Grooming and keeping the Nortese healthy are relatively straightforward. His coat, which is often a mixture of the long, silky hair of the Maltese and the denser, rougher hair of the Norwich Terrier, should be brushed regularly to prevent matting. It is recommended that he be bathed at least once a week. Otherwise, the Nortese only requires the usual grooming such as teeth brushing, nail trimming, and regular ear checks.

Health of the Nortese

A well cared for Nortese is usually healthy and robust. However, some health problems may be inherited from the parents. These include hip dysplasia, patella luxation, and eye problems such as cataracts. Therefore, it is important to maintain regular health checks and vaccinations and provide a balanced diet. A diet suitable for small dog breeds is ideal for maintaining the Nortese's ideal weight and reducing the risk of health problems.

Breeding the Nortese

When breeding a Nortese, careful selection of parents is critical. Both the Maltese and Norwich Terrier parents should be healthy and have good characteristics. Breeders should also pay attention to responsible breeding practices to ensure that the puppies are healthy and well socialized. Since the Nortese is a hybrid, the characteristics of the puppies may vary, and some may have more characteristics from one parent than the other.

Because the Nortese is a crossbreed, size and weight can vary greatly. Generally, however, this mixed breed dog is small to medium in size. A Nortese often has the thicker, wiry coat of the Norwich Terrier or the silky hair of the Maltese. The coat may be white, black, gray, brown, red, or a mixture of these colors. It is usually a medium length coat.

Nortese dogs often have charmingly small faces with large, round eyes and pointed ears. Their expression is usually cheerful and alert, which represents their affectionate nature.

Fur length medium
Fur wavy - rough-haired
Ear shape Triangle - Standing Ears
Tail fanned out - short
Anatomy dainty, rugged
Size ♀ 20 - 26 cm
Weight ♀ 3 - 7 kg
Size ♂ 21 - 25 cm
Weight ♂ 3 - 7 kg
Suitable For Beginner, Seniors, Beginner, Children, Seniors
  • Patellar problems

    Problems with the Patellar can be a displacement or weak kneecap, which is one of the most common causes of lameness in dogs, also because of overweight.

  • Eye diseases

    Often occur with allergies and intolerances.

  • Skin inflammations

    Can be hereditary in certain breeds.

  • Heart disease

    Can occur frequently in dogs and can sometimes be treated with medication.

  • A Nortese is a cross between a Norwich Terrier and a Maltese, usually known as a small, medium-sized companion dog.

  • The Nortese should be brushed regularly. It is also important to check the claws, teeth, eyes and ears.

  • This mixed breed is a very friendly, playful and energetic dog that is well suited for families with children and is easy to train. He has a strong desire to please his owner and is incredibly loyal.

  • A Nortese needs at least half an hour of daily exercise and exercise to stay fit and healthy.

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