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Norfolk Terrier

 

If you ever need to bring a terrier to a cocktail party, the Norfolk Terrier is the one to invite. She's fearless, fun, and outgoing. Although, like many terriers, she'll also run around the room to explore every nook and cranny, so maybe don't bring a terrier to your cocktail party after all.
They're tiny for working terriers, but Norfolks are all business in the field. Originally bred to hunt vermin and bolt foxes from their dens, today's Norfolk Terrier is a fierce competitor in earthdog events and a cherished canine companion. This is a great dog for folks on the go.

Originally from England, this small-sized and medium-energy breed can grow to between 11-12 pounds and lives an average of 12-16 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Terrier group.

 

AKC RecognizedY
Breed's original pastimeHunting
OriginEngland
Breed groupTerrier
Average lifespan12-16 years
SizeSmall
Bark factorModerate
AKC Ranking114
Family Terrier
Date of origin1800s
Original function Ratting
Today's functionEarthdog trials
Average size of maleHeight: 9-10 Weight: 11-12
Average size of femaleHeight: 9-10 Weight: 11-12

 

Other nameNone
Energy level Medium energy
Exercise needs Medium
Playfullness Moderately playful
Affection level Somewhat affectionate
Friendliness toward other dogs Friendly
Friendliness toward other pets Friendly
Friendliness toward strangersFriendly
Ease of training Easy to train
Watchdog ability High
Protection ability Not very protective
Grooming needs Moderate maintenance
Cold tolerance Medium tolerance
Heat tolerance Medium tolerance

BEHAVIOR & TRAINING

WHAT IS A NORFOLK TERRIER'S PERSONALITY LIKE?

These are sassy, courageous, and eager dogs. Norfolk Terriers are playful charmers, and they're up for anything. This breed loves people and does well with children, seniors, and really just about anyone who will make a fuss over them. If you have birds, rabbits, or small pets in your home, you probably won't want to add this terrier to the mix as her natural hunting instinct may overtake her.

WHAT IS NORFOLK TERRIER BEHAVIOR LIKE?

Norfolk Terriers are among the smallest terrier breeds — but little or not, they are fierce! A working Norfolk Terrier is a dirt devil: they love to chase, hunt, and dig, which also means you shouldn't leave this dog unattended near your backyard begonias unless you appreciate her canine landscaping vision. This is an alert and very active breed who's up for as many walks, games, or socializing opportunities you can throw her way.

HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN A NORFOLK TERRIER?

These are smart, friendly dogs who also know their own minds. They're quick learners and respond well to treats and praise.

Norfolk Terriers excel in rally, obedience, agility, tracking, and earthdog events. That terrier prey drive is no joke, so these dogs are not good candidates for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area. No amount of training will counteract the sight of a bunny who crosses this dog's path.

CARE & HEALTH

HOW MUCH DO NORFOLK TERRIERS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?

Norfolk Terriers have weather resistant double coats; the outer hair is hard, wiry, and straight.

They are seasonal shedders who require occasional grooming, including regular brushing and, if you choose, regularly scheduled hand stripping.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO NORFOLK TERRIERS HAVE?

Norfolk Terriers are a hardy and generally healthy breed. Some may experience slipping kneecaps, heart disease, or eye disease.

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