Dog Breed profiles
Norfolk Terrier Breed Profile
Norfolk Terrier fact file
KC Group: Terrier
Average lifespan: 13 years
Good with children?: Yes recommended
Exercise requirement: Moderate
Good guard dogs?: Would bark
Moulting level: Low
Colours: All shades of red, wheaten, black and tan, or grizzle (a mix of dark and white hairs); white patches are undesirable
Jogging partner: Short runs
- The Norfolk has a delightful disposition.
- Extremely lovable.
- Alert and inquisitive.
- Fearless and sometimes a little foolhardy.
- The Norfolk is a true terrier — he loves to run, dig, and hunt.
- He needs proper exercise and will happily walk with you in all weathers as far as you wish.
- He will happily live in a city or the country, provided he is kept active, both physically and mentally.
- This sturdy, robust little dog is perfect for an active family.
- He is the perfect companion for children as long as they are properly socialised together.
- A Norfolk can get on well with cats and small furries if brought up with them from an early age. However, he can never be trusted completely — he is a terrier after all.
- He loves human company and won’t do well when left alone for long periods of time.
- Training must be started early and be firm and consistent, but gentle — Norfolks can be sensitive little souls.
- In typical terrier fashion he can be stubborn. He loves his food, so a tasty titbit may help convince him that what you want him to do is a good idea.
- A solid recall is vital with the Norfolk, as his instinct to hunt combined with his complete lack of road sense can easily lead him into trouble.
- The Norfolk has a harsh wiry coat which will require a thorough weekly brush.
- To keep the natural texture of the coat he should be hand-stripped twice a year. Some Norfolks are extremely sensitive to hand-stripping — if they find it particularly stressful clipping may be the better option. It is also recommended that if your Norfolk is old or has a soft coat, he should be clipped.
- The Norfolk isn’t a fussy eater and will generally eat whatever is put in front of him. Monitor his diet closely to ensure there is no unwanted weight gain.
- Healthy and hardy.
- Good temperament.
- Good size.
- Can be reckless and get into trouble.
Did you know?
- In the early 1800s there was no distinction between the Norfolk and Norwich Terriers. They did not become separate breeds until 1964.
- Norfolks are not as quarrelsome as some of the other terrier breeds.
- Your Norfolk Terrier will love puddles — the muddier, the better!