History & Overview
The Norfolk Terrier is one of the smallest members of the Terrier group. Prior to 1979, the Norfolk Terrier was known as the Norwich Terrier with dropped ears. Originally bred to hunt vermin and foxes, today, they are predominantly amusing companion dogs who also are excellent watchdogs.
Norfolk Terriers are high-spirited, assertive, energetic and bark when strangers approach. They love children provided they are introduced to the children at an early age and treated gently. They learn quickly in obedience class. Their strong hunting instincts make other, smaller animals appear as prey to the Norfolk Terrier. These hunting instincts often override their owner’s commands.
Most of the dogs in terrier group are relatively small in size, but, despite this, they are usually spirited and independent. Although many terriers were originally kept on farms, often as rat catchers, they have made a transition to household pets quite readily; to the extent that a number of them rank among the best-known breeds in the world.
Their alert and curious nature, and their tendency to explore underground, means that they are more inclined to dig than other breeds, and they have an alarming tendency to disappear down rabbit holes when out for a walk. As a result, they are not true lapdogs, although they do make loyal companions. Terriers are usually lively, alert, and remarkably plucky. They do not always get on well together, however, and enjoy every opportunity to run around on their own.
At A Glance
Country of Origin:
FCI Classification: Group 3 – Terriers. Section 2 – Small sized Terriers. Without working trial.; AKC Classification: Terrier Group
Small (9 – 10 inches at shoulders)
Coat Type & Colors:
Their coat is hard, wiry, straight, lying close to body. Average weight is 11 – 12 pounds. Norfolks come in all shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle color. All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan or grizzle. White marks or patches undesirable but permissible.
10 – 15 years
Friendly, charming, alert, feisty, fearless dog with hunting instincts. Big dog in a small package.
Good with other dogs of its own size. Smaller size animals are deemed prey.
Suitability for Children:
Excellent with children
Norfolk Terriers love being outdoors and digging. Daily walks help keep Norfolks from being bored. Always walk on leash.
Quick learner. Owner must be patient and consistent when training.
Health & Behavioral Issues:
- Eye Disorders
- Heart Murmurs
- Back Problems