Norfolk Terrier


The Norfolk is a happy and fearless small dog. It has a typical lively, friendly, playful terrier temperament. Great personality. The Norfolk is sociable, busy, and energetic. It has one of the more gentle temperaments of the terrier group.

Minimum Exercise:

Exercise/Activity Level: Medium. Minimum of an hour a day but will do lots more. Will go for long walks in any kind of weather. They can do well as apartment dogs with the right amount of outdoor exercise. They dig – and will do this if left bored for long periods.

Size: 10 inches

Weight: 10-15lbs

Colour: Cream, tan, cream and tan, grizzle (black and tan)

Town or Country: Both – but prefer country

Low Allergy: Yes

Best Suited for: Moderately active families with respectful children, moderately active singles and couples (town or country) who like the outdoors but have limited space at home, and don’t mind the odd pothole in the garden.

Group: Terrier

Originally From: East England

Original Purpose: Working. Hunting vermin, rabbits and foxes.

Living Space: Low

Coat: Short, hard, close lying and wiry

Grooming: Medium. Brush and comb once or twice per week, especially beard and moustache. Pluck dead and excess hair about twice per year. Trim excess hair between the paw pads.

Children: High. They have a gentle nature. However they do not appreciate rough handling by younger children.

Sociability with strangers: Medium – can be reserved

Sociability with animals or other dogs: High, especially if introduced as a puppy. They have been bred to hunt in packs with other terriers.

Trainability: High, unlike most other terriers.

Noise Level: High, like most other terriers.

Known Health Issues: Cataracts are fairly common. Some other eye diseases. Cramps, epilepsy, luxating patella and respiratory problems in some breeding lines. Buyers of Norfolk puppies should ask to see both the parents eye testing results.

Lifespan: 12-15 years

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