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Norfolk Terrier

WEIGHT: 11 to 12 lbs
HEIGHT: 9 to 10 inches
COLOR(S): Red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle.
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The Norfolk Terrier is the smallest of the working Terriers. Prior to 1960, when it gained recognition as an independent breed, it was a variety of the Norwich Terrier.


A Norfolk's typical breed temperament is happy, self-confident and spirited. Norfolks have the softest temperaments of the Terrier Group. They are described as fearless, but should not be aggressive despite being capable of defending themselves if need be. As companions in the home they love people and children and make great family pets. Norfolks are self confident, brave, affectionate and carry themselves with presence and importance, holding their heads and tails erect and high. A Norfolk that is shy, or carries its tail between its legs is untypical as is a dog that is hot tempered and aggressive with other dogs. The greatest punishment to a Norfolk is his human companion ignoring him. They may also get jealous. It has been known before. Their love for the family is unquestionable though.


This breed has a double coat - a harsh, wiry topcoat and a soft, warm undercoat. Ideally the coat should be combed and brushed daily. The coat is also considered to be shaggy and waterproof, as well as of medium-length. Norfolks are light shedders, although extra care should be taken when it sheds seasonally. Bathing should be limited and dry shampooing is more advisable; but only when necessary. The coat should be occasionally trimmed.


Cardiomyopathy, patellar luxation, heart murmurs and mitral valve disease, back problems, skin problems and genetic eye disorders.


Home with a fenced yard is the best for the Norfolk Terrier, but they will adapt to an apartment if a daily walk is given. Owners of a Norfolk Terrier should desire a feisty, busy, curious dog. Norfolk Terriers enjoy activity and should be given the opportunity for free play, walks on a leash and the opportunity to dig as they are natural diggers. They need a good amount of exercise.


Norfolk Terriers are quick learners, but they need consistency and regular training. As with the normal terrier attitude, stubbornness can be a problem.

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