Norfolk Terrier

Breed Rating

family friendly:
Dog friendly:
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Breed Attributes


Breed group: Terrier    Type: Pure Breed    Talent: , , ,


Size: Small     Weight: 10-12 lbs     Fur length: Long    Ears: Flappy    Fur type: Straight    Fur Color: Black & Brown, Brown & White, Dark Brown / Chocolate, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream


Life Expectancy: About 12-16 years    Rarity: Common    Availability: Easily available    Climate: Good for every climate.

Breed Details


The Norfolk Terrier originated in Great Britain and was bred to hunt down rodents as well as to scare foxes out of their dens so the bigger hounds could chase after them. These dogs are often confused with the Norwich Terrier because they look similar and are very close in name but are actually 2 different breeds.

The Norfolk Terrier is a compact little dog that is a determined hunter. They are a playful, confident, loving breed that will make a good family pet. The Norfolk Terrier adores children and will get along well with other dogs and cats. Smaller pets such as mice, hamsters, rats and guinea pigs etc. should be monitored around this breed as they might consider these prey!

This breed has an athletic body that can squeeze into tiny hideouts and dens. They have strong legs and a short little muzzle. The Norfolk Terrier has small floppy ears and large curious eyes. Naturally their tail is long but will be docked for show purposes.


This breed will come in black & tan, wheat, grizzle and red. Most commonly seen is the grizzle but any of the 4 colouring are accepted for shows.


The Norfolk Terrier has a messy, harsh, coarse textured coat that is about 2 inches long. Their coat is designed to protect them against the elements as well as keep them insulated.


The Norfolk Terrier is a brave little dog that is defensive of his family and territory. They get along very well with other dogs and make great pets. This breed is a very happy-go-lucky dog that loves to be the center of attention. They are at their happiest when they are with their owners and should not be left alone often as they will become depressed. These dogs are very clever and will not be difficult to train. Cheerful and sweet, the Norfolk Terrier is an excellent breed to own and will become a perfect addition to the family!


The Norfolk Terrier will need very minimal grooming to upkeep their coat. Brushing twice per a week and bathing not more then once a month will be perfect for this breed. These dogs are prone to hip dysplasia, luxating patella's and mitral valve disease. On the whole they are very healthy but precaution should be taken before deciding to buy, so the parent's medical history should be checked.


The Norfolk Terrier will need repetition and consistency to grasp any training concepts. They are intelligent dogs that just need practice and gentle methods. Training lessons should be kept short and made fun so they enjoy learning the commands! These dogs are notorious for being more difficult to house train, but puppies should be taken out for bathroom breaks every hour and with this consistency, they will grasp the idea!


This breed will need at least an hour per day of exercise, which could be time spent chasing a ball or playing with other dogs in an off-leash park or just on a long walk. These dogs are extremely playful and will burn out their energy quicker when they're off leash as opposed to an on leash walk. The Norfolk Terrier will do well in an apartment because they are such small dogs and don't need a backyard although having access to one would be a bonus.

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