norfolk terrierThe Norfolk Terrier is a small dog with a big personality that is bold, curious, and they love to hunt. They are social with dogs of all sizes, and they prefer to included on activities with their owner.

The Norwich Terrier with upright ears is a close cousin to the Norfolk Terrier with drop down ears. They were considered to be the same breed until 1979.


The Norfolk Terrier was developed near Norfolk and Norwich in England in the early 1800’s. It is believed to be a cross of the Border Terrier, Cairn Terrier and the Irish Terrier.

The Norfolk Terrier was first recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979, when it became a separate dog breed. In prior years, they were known as the Norwich Terrier with drop ears.


The Norfolk Terrier is a part of the AKC’s Terrier group of dogs.


They are small but sturdy dogs that are 9 to 10 inches tall at the shoulder and weigh 11 to 12 pounds.


According the AKC, the Norfolk Terrier can be black and tan, grizzle, red, red wheaten, brown or wheaten. There are no standard markings.


Norfolk Terriers are alert and playful, along with friendly, fearless, good with children and they are adaptable. They make good watchdogs and bond closely with their owners.


Norfolk Terriers are active dogs with a moderate energy level that will enjoy a brisk walk to release energy. They also enjoy playing with their owner in a game of fetch.


Norfolk Terriers are generally healthy dogs and the majority will lead healthy lives. Some will develop eye disease and heart disease. The average lifespan of a Norfolk Terrier is 12 to 16 years of age.


Your Norfolk Terrier will need combing or brushing a few times a week to remove tangles will keep the hair from matting. A trim or clipping can prevent the coat from getting too thick or long. Stripping twice a year will help control shedding.

Other Grooming

Their ears will need cleaning once a week to keep them clean and prevent infections and trim their nails when necessary. You will need to brush their teeth several times a week to remove plaque using a toothpaste for dogs.


The Norfolk Terrier is a smart dog and they are easier to train than most terriers. Training sessions should be interesting with a variety of activities. You must use positive reinforcement with this breed as they will get defensive with negative treatment.

With this breed you should consider advanced training, agility and tracking activities. These activities will release your dog’s physical and mental energy.

Separation Anxiety

Norfolk Terriers does not do well being alone for long periods of time. They will become bored resulting in bad behaviors such as excessive barking along with destructive chewing and digging.

Exercise your Norfolk Terrier before leaving home. Give them some interactive toys and toys that dispense treats to keep them busy and entertained. If you are going to be away for a long period of time, you will need a dog walker, dog sitter or seek out a doggie day care.

norfolk terrier with water hoseRescue

If you are interested in the Norfolk Terrier dog breed, please consider adoption. There are many purebred dogs and puppies that are available for adoption.Search for a Norfolk Terrier rescue group in your area by starting here at PetFinder.

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