Description: This breed is alert, gregarious, fearless and loyal. The Norfolk Terrier is small, sturdy, alert, and fearless dog with sporting instincts and an even temperament. These game and hardy little dogs originally were bred to go to ground after vermin and flush out a fox from its den or burrow.
These dogs are people oriented and do not like to be left alone. Norfolk Terriers sometimes suffer from jealousy. So consider another breed if a latchkey dog is what you seek. The Norfolk Terrier has great charm.
Prior to 1979 the Norfolk Terrier was known as the Norwich Terrier with drop ears. In 1979, it became a separate breed and known as the Norfolk Terrier.
Height: 10 - 10.25 inches
Weight: 11 - 12 lbs.
Colors: All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle; white marks and patches undesirable but permissible.
Coat: Hard, wiry and straight.
Temperament: Outgoing, appealing, clever.
With Children: Yes, good with children.
With Pets: Yes
Special Skills: Family pet, vermin hunter.
Watch-dog: Very High
Care and Exercise: Regular brushing of his shaggy medium, length water proof coat. Take extra care when shedding. Minimal clipping is required. Bathe only when necessary. Enjoys activity and should be given the opportunity for free play, walks on a leash and the opportunity to dig as they are natural diggers.
Training: Quick learners but they need consistency.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - Low, Problem-Solving - High
Activity: As long as regular exercise is given he is adaptable to the town or country and makes a good travel companion.
Living Environment: Home with a fenced yard is the best, but he will adapt to an apartment if a daily walk is given. Owners of a Norfolk Terrier should desire a feisty, busy, curious dog.
Health Issues: Heart murmurs, back problems, genetic eye disorders.
Life Span: 12 - 14 Years
Litter Size: 3
Country of Origin: Great Britain
History: Bred in Cambridge, Market Harborough and Norwich in the early twentieth century he was mainly used as a hunter of vermin. He was a mixture of gypsy's dogs that were crossed with weaver's pets. The Norwich and Norfolk Terriers were considered the same breed until 1964 when two different classification were created based on their ears.
First Registered by the AKC: 1936
AKC Group: Terrier Group