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Norfolk Terrier Breed Summary

Independent, Out-Going, Intelligent and Confident

Norfolk Terriers are the smallest of all the Terrier Breeds and were named after the county that they were developed in, Norfolk! They were originally bred to hunt vermin but were also highly prized for going out hunting with their masters! Nowadays, they make fantastic companion pets.

They are very sweet looking and have very loving and friendly personalities - life is never boring with these guys around! They do have a very high prey drive which means they can't share a home with other small animals.

Fun Fact: Norfolk and the Norwich Terriers used to be classed as the same breed!

Kennel Club Group Terrier
Lifespan 12 - 15 Years
Height (at the withers) Males and Females 9in - 10in
Weight Males and Females 11lb - 12lb
Coat Coats are Straight, Hard, Wiry and Close Lying
Color Black & Tan, Grizzle, Red, Red Grizzle, Red Wheaten, Wheaten
Eye color Dark or Dark Brown
Common health issues Heart murmurs, Bladder Stones, Cataracts, Cleft Palate, Congenital Heart Problems, Corneal Ulcers, Crytorchidism/Monorchidism, Cushing's Disease, Epilepsy, Other heart issues, Hip Problems, Liver Shunts, Lumps & Bumps (benign), Lumps & Bumps (malignant), Luxating Patella, Demodex mange, Pancreatitis (Acute), Pancreatitis (Chronic), Retained Milk Teeth - which need to be surgically removed, Skin issues, Sudden Death of Unknown Origin, Luxating patellas
Other Names Norfolk

These guys, true to their Terrier nature, are known to be a fairly feisty and determined little breed. They are bursting full of energy and absolutely love being involved in every aspect of home life. On top of this, they are very out-going and confident and absolutely love to be with their hoomans. This does mean that they are prone to developing separation anxiety if left alone for too long so need to live somewhere where at least one person will be home for most of the day. Their intelligence and love of hoomans does mean they are a good choice for first time owners, so long as you have the time to give to the breed - and can keep their loud voices under control! If well trained and socialized from a young age, these dogs have the potential to make a lovely family pets.

Frank “Roughrider” Jones, an English dog breeder and horseman of the early 20th century, developed little red terriers as ratters and fox bolters. In the beginning, the Norwich (ears up) and Norfolk (ears down) were considered one breed. In England and North America both dogs were first classified as Norwich Terriers, sometimes called Jones Terriers.

Over time, the two types diverged. In 1964, after much debate among fanciers, the Kennel Club (England) recognized the Norfolk as a distinct breed. But, as a British authority of the time explained, “Actually, there is nothing new about the Norfolk Terrier, but simply the name under which it is registered. The Eastern counties have always produced these principally wheaten, red, and otherwise black-and-tan or grizzle good-ribbed short-legged terriers. … They go to ground readily and are famous ratters.” The Canadian Kennel Club officially accepted the Norfolk and Norwich as separate breeds in 1977, as did the AKC two years later.

The names of both breeds refer to their place of origin, the East Anglia town of Norwich in the county of Norfolk that lies just north of London. Among the older terrier breeds thought to factor into the fearless and fun-loving Norfolk’s development include the Border, Cairn, and Glen of Imaal terriers.