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Norfolk Terrier dog breed information




Norfolk Terrier color

all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle

Norfolk Terrier height

9-10 inches

Norfolk Terrier weight

11-12 lbs

Norfolk Terrier description

This lovable little dog is among the smallest of the working terriers. It has a short, strong, sturdy body with strongly boned legs and a fox like muzzle with large solid teeth. The eyes are dark and expressive. The ears are hanging and tight to the cheeks. The tail is docked by half. Their coats are wiry and straight and come in red, wheaten, tan, black & tan, grizzle, and occasionally with white markings. The faces sport jaunty whiskers and eyebrows.

Norfolk Terrier origin

Originally from the country of Norfolk, this breed has only recently been recognized. The Norfolk and Norwich Terriers started out as one breed, but were officially separated in England in 1964. The AKC followed suit in 1979. The Norfolk has dropped ears and the Norwich has prick ears; also Norfolks are angular and the Norwich Terriers are more round. Some other differences are: the Norfolks are more apt to suffer from jealousy than the Norwich, and they frequently become hunting or racing addicts with great power of concentration. Norwich Terriers adapt more easily to urban life, preferring the company of humans over the other dogs. The breed was officially developed in England as a small ratting dog. Later they were also used to bolt foxes that had gone to ground during a fox hunt - so the horses and hounds could resume the chase. This small terrier could get in and out of a small burrow quite easily. As they were bred to hunt in packs, the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers tend to be more sociable than many other terriers. Today the Norfolk Terrier serves primarily as a companion dog, but can still take care of vermin.

Norfolk Terrier temperament

The Norfolk Terriers are active, courageous, affectionate, balanced, and without any nervousness or quarrelsomeness. They are easy to train but need consistent rules to follow. These little dogs love everyone and are good with children. He will dig and bark if left outside for long periods of time with nothing to occupy his quick mind. They love toys and balls and are generally good with other pets, but can be difficult to housebreak. Norfolk Terriers should not be let off of their lead unless secure. They are okay joggers for short distances. Norfolk Terriers sometimes suffer from jealousy.

Norfolk Terrier health problems

The breed is long-lived and hardy.

Norfolk Terrier living conditions

Norfolks will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are fairly active indoors and will do okay without a yard.

Norfolk Terrier exercise

These little dogs were bred to work. They are energetic and thrive on an active life, but they won't sulk if you miss a day now and then.

Norfolk Terrier life expectancy

About 12-15 years

Norfolk Terrier grooming

The shaggy, medium-length, waterproof coat is relatively easy, but daily combing and brushing is important. Little clipping is required. Take extra care when the dog is shedding. Bathe and dry shampoo only when necessary. This breed is a light shedder.

Norfolk Terrier recognition


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