Norfolk Terrier

Norfolk Terrier information

Norfolk Terriers were originally bred in the town of Norwich in Norfolk. The Norfolk Terrier breed is the result of the breeding of many different Terriers such as the Cairn Terrier, the Border Terrier and the Irish Terrier. Like most Terriers, the Norfolk Terrier was used to hunt small rodents. The litters generally included dogs with dropped ears as well as pointed ears.

It is only from 1964 that the UK Kennel Club decided to make a distinction between the dogs with floppy ears, (since referred to as the Norfolk Terrier breed) and the dogs with erected ears (since referred to as the Norwich Terrier breed).

Norfolk Terrier characteristics

Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of the Terriers. They measure between 9.5 to 10 inches and weigh between 5 to 5.5 kilos. The wiry coat of the Norfolk Terrier can be of different colours such as grizzle, wheaten or black and tanned.

Norfolk Terrier grooming

When brushed regularly Norfolk Terriers do not shed much hair. For hygienic reasons, the hair in the inside of the back legs should be trimmed regularly. The coat will need to be hand stripped twice a year to allow new hair growth.

Norfolk Terrier temperament

Norfolk Terriers are good and faithful companions. They are very attached to their owners and enjoy playing with children. Adult Norfolk Terriers can be wary of strangers therefore, it is highly recommended to socialize the puppy from an early age. A lack of socialization of the Norfolk Terrier puppy can be the source of behavioural issues such as extreme shyness or aggressiveness. Norfolk Terriers are generally good with other dogs and can get accustomed to cats if introduced gently. However, due to their strong hunting instinct, they are likely to chase smaller animals.

Norfolk Terrier training

Norfolk Terriers require a gentle but firm training. As most Terriers, they can be stubborn and, therefore, will require consistent training methods. When disciplining a Norfolk Terrier, owners should be careful in giving the appropriate level of correction to their dog. Terriers who feel they have not been treated fairly are more likely than other breeds to snap back at their owners. The Norfolk Terrier puppy will also need to be introduced to other dogs in order to avoid aggressive behaviours towards them in the future. Being very active little dogs, they will need a fair amount of exercise. It is recommended to enlist adult dogs to agility classes where they will be able to release their excess energy.

When going on walks, it is highly recommended to keep your Norfolk Terrier on the lead as these very inquisitive little dogs are likely to track other animals and get carried away by their strong hunting instincts.

Norfolk Terrier food habits

Norfolk Terriers require to be fed a good quality aliment to remain healthy.

Norfolk Terrier health

Norfolk Terriers have a life expectancy of about 14 years. The breed is subject to some diseases such as: