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Norfolk Terrier


Norfolk Terrier Facts

  • Group
  • Terrier
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 9" - 10"
  • Weight
  • 11-12 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Moderate
  • Colors
    • Black / Tan
    • Red
    • Tan
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Adapted to city living
    • Good with children
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

Norwich terrier


The Norfolk terrier originated in Great Britain.

Date Of Origin

This breed developed in the 1880's.


The Norfolk terrier was not recognized as a separate breed from the Norwich terrier until 1964. The main difference between the two breeds is that the Norfolk has a drop ear and the Norwich has a prick ear. It is one of the smallest of the working terriers and was originally bred in the nineteenth century to control rats and hunt foxes.


This is a small do with substance and bone. Its head is wide and slightly rounded, with a strong wedge shaped muzzle. The small, dark, oval eyes are placed well apart. It has small drop ears that are V-shaped and slightly rounded at the tips.The chest is moderately wide and deep ant the legs are short and strong. The tail is docked and held erect. The double coat has a soft under coat and a hard, wiry outer coat that is 1.5 - 2 inches long. There is a ruff at the neck, slight eyebrows and whiskers. The coat comes in red, wheaten, black and tan, and grizzle with dark points.


The Norfolk terrier is a good natured, friendly, and affectionate dog. It is fearless and game in the field but loyal and trainable with its owner. It is fine with children and cats as long as it is well socialized, but not trustworthy with small prey animals.


This breed was created to attack wild game, it proved very successful in entering the narrowest lairs and dens and overcoming foxes, otter, and rabbits. It thrives also as an apartment companion dog.

Health Concerns

Mirtal valve disease and other cardiac problems, skin problems.

Additional Information

This breed is adaptable to most living situations.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

Simon & Schusters Guide to Dogs

Publisher: Simon & Schuster inc, 1980

Website: http://www.simonandschuster.com

Author: Elizabeth Meriwether Schuler

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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