The Norfolk Terrier!

The Norfolk Terrier is a charming breed that is one of the smallest in the terrier group. Its body is short but powerful, with dense bone structure. With a muzzle similar to a fox’s, this breed possesses large, sturdy teeth. It has dark vivid eyes, striking eyebrows and whiskers, ears that droop down closely toward the cheeks, a tail that is usually cropped to half its true size.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-15 years

Energy Level:
Average, spunky

Living Conditions:
A true apartment dog. Indoors only.


Exercise Needs:
A couple brisk walks per day.

Breed Group:


9-11 inches

10-12 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
Wheaten, grizzle, red, tan, or black and tan combination.

National breed club:
Norwich & Norfolk Terrier Club

Norfolk Terrier Skills

The Norfolk and Norwich terriers were once recognized as just one breed, though these have been recently established as two separate breeds. The Norfolk terrier was developed as rat hunter in England, and was later used to chase foxes to get them out of the underground, with its ability to get into small holes in the ground. Because they were often used to hunt in groups, the Norfolk terrier is usually friendlier compared to other terrier breeds. Nowadays, the breed is a good companion dog that is still able to hunt down rats.

Norfolk Terrier Personality

This breed is brave, lively, and friendly, with a steady character devoid of petulant behavior or edginess. Training must be consistent, though it may be done easily. This inquisitive breed likes playing with toys, as well as barking and digging when left outdoors for some time. The Norfolk terrier is normally well behaved around other pets, though it can get jealous. This dog must not be unleashed except in safe areas, and can accompany its master in brief jogging sessions. It has the tendency to be smart and iron-willed.

Exercise Needs

An active lifestyle is right for this breed, as it was originally developed to work. The breed must always be taken out on walks to keep it happy.

Living Conditions

This breed can be a good apartment dog as long as it gets ample exercise. Access to a yard is unnecessary, as it likes to keep busy when indoors. It enjoys spending time with its family, and must live indoors.

Grooming Requirements

The wiry water-resistant coat can be quite easy to groom, though daily brushing is a must. Extra attention should be given when the dog sheds, as well as some occasional clipping. Dry shampoo may be used, or a bath may be given to the dog when necessary.

Health Issues

This breed has no major health concerns, and may be expected to resist sickness. Because of the small size of their litters, Norfolk terriers tend to be rare.

If you liked this dog… might also like the Norwich terrier, which only has some difference in appearance, but is still quite similar to the Norfolk terrier. Another possible choice is the American Eskimo dog, also a fairly healthy breed that is more apt for performing tricks.

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