Norfolk Terriers

Group 2: Terriers
Height: 25 – 26cm

Energy Level:  Moderate to high
Original Function: Hunting
Lifespan: 10 – 15 yrs

Recommended for: Most people/families.

Norfolk Terrier

About This Breed

Until 1964 the Norfolk & Norwich Terriers were considered one breed, after this they became recognised as two separate breeds, those with the pricked ears being the Norwich Terrier and those with the ears that flop down, known as the Norfolk Terrier.

Norfolk’s are one of the smallest of the working terriers, a natural ratter, they display a great deal of courage. Although an outgoing, energetic terrier, the Norfolk is not quarrelsome, is a sensitive dog, and can become stubborn without an understanding owner.

They are a lovable little dog with a good nature, friendly with people and children, but can try to be dominate around other dogs. They are alert, smart and easy to train.

General Characteristics

Appearance: Small, low, keen dog, compact and strong, short back, good substance and bone.

Temperament: Alert and fearless.

Characteristics: One of the smallest of terriers, a ‘demon’ for its size. Lovable disposition, not quarrelsome, hardy constitution.

Colour: Red, wheaten, Black/tan or grizzle.

Coat: Wiry & straight.

Grooming: The shaggy coat can be clipped to help keep maintenance low. Regular brushing will keep it neat and tidy, wash when needed.

Exercise: they thrive on an active life, so regular walks, runs and plays are needed to keep them fit and happy.

Health: This breed can suffer from genetic eye diseases.