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Even since the time of the Norman Conquest terriers have been known in England and when the Norfolk Terrier evolved with the Norwich Terrier, as one breed these dogs became the fad of undergraduate students at Cambridge University in the 1800s. These little dogs, all called Norwich, were cheap to feed and made great sport killing vermin in the dog pits of local pubs.  In 1969 the breeds actually split into the drop eared Norfolks and prick eared Norwich and subtle differences in character. Norfolk’s have bigger feet, more hind angulation and are less round. They mature more slowly, are more independent and ask rather than demand.



These lovable, hardy and enthusiastic companions have this particularly funny manner of greeting and talking to humans they love, with a rolling gargle where they definitely roll their R’s. Even though not quarrelsome they decidedly are quite a little ‘Demon’ for their size and can become quite obsessed by their favorite toy taking it with them everywhere and leaving it around for you to stumble across.  Their barking is usually reserved for warnings and dog play and they just love a run or swim and because of their hard, rough coats, they generally shake and dry in minutes.



Height:   25cm (10in)

Weight:  4-5.5kg  (10-12lb)

Group: Terrier
Although the Norfolk is the littlest Terrier he is strong and compact. They have a rough coat which must be combed and trimmed short in summer. It is any shade of red from wheat to rich red which may also have a black or grizzle (grey) saddle.



Norfolk coats are a mixture of soft hair for warmth and hard guard hair for strength. As their coat tends to shed with a change of season and to avoid owning a dog that leaves hair on the couch it is recommended to get them trimmed or stripped at least twice a year. This can be done at your local dog grooming parlour or you may even wish to learn to do this yourself.  Together with regular combing and brushing in between haircuts, nails must by trimmed regularly and ears should be checked for any discharge or smell which could indicate infection.


Life Expectancy

13 Years


Health Concerns

The Norfolk Terrier is long-lived and hardy, so just regular worming and flea control is required.  Norfolk’s however, are a breed that require extra teeth care so make sure your dog has lots of raw meaty bones to chew and keep his teeth clean with regular brushing.



These energetic little dogs were bred to work and thrive on an active life. The Norfolk Terrier must be taken on daily walks and while out on the walk they must be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead to ensure they know you are the leader. Even though they will do okay in an apartment and are fairly active indoors, they will do okay without a yard just as long as it is sufficiently exercised.   

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